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Healthcare Narratives

‘Another Engaged Way of Being’

The longer I look at the world through the lens of “patient engagement,” the broader my definition of the concept becomes and the deeper my awareness of different ways to experience being a patient. I’ve recently discovered Cat Gwynn, an accomplished photographer and writer, who has deepened my appreciation of individualized experience, patient engagement and […]

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Susan Carr Susan Carr is a medical editor and writer specializing in patient safety and engagement. In addition to curating the EngagingPatients blog, she produces publications for the Betsy Lehman Center in Boston and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Susan lives and works in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

Susan Carr has 46 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org

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Health Literacy

MedStar Health in Focus: A Digital Platform for Patient Education

Editor’s Note: This week’s encore post highlights MedStar Health’s Simulation Training and Education Lab, which was recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement. The Sherman Award is co-sponsored by Taylor Healthcare and the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute. The nomination period for the 2019 Sherman Awards  is open now […]

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Alexander Walker, PhD Alexander Walker is a senior director of learning research and design at MedStar Health Simulation Training and Education Lab, which is the educational development organization of one of the largest healthcare systems in the mid-Atlantic. He holds a Ph.D. in human factors psychology from Clemson University. Early in his career, Alex engaged in research examining the effects of learning in different simulation environments on the impacts of performance and the development of motion sickness. His other research experience includes the investigation of team performance, the psychophysiological assessment of the workload and performance of individuals and teams.

Alexander Walker, PhD has 2 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org


Sepsis Awareness

Collaborating with Patients and Families to Raise Awareness of Sepsis

Editor’s note: September is Sepsis Awareness Month, a time to amplify efforts to improve awareness, education, treatment and prevention of a condition that’s responsible for 250,000 deaths each year in the United States. The Sepsis Alliance designated September as SAM in 2011, and in 2012 joined the Global Sepsis Alliance in declaring September 13 as World Sepsis Day. […]

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Jeanne DeCosmo is the director of clinical quality at MedStar Health. She is the co-lead of the MedStar Health Sepsis Collaborative and served on the team responsible for implementing Patient and Family Advisory Councils for Quality and Safety at each MedStar entity. Immediately prior to coming to MedStar Health, Jeanne served as VP Quality Policy and Advocacy, and Director of Workforce Development at the Maryland Hospital Association. She led numerous state-wide quality improvement efforts to reduce healthcare associated infections and served as co-lead for the nurse retention collaborative. Jeanne received her BSN from the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing and her MBA at Hood College in Frederick Maryland.

Jeanne DeCosmo, BSN, MBA, CPHQ has 2 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org


2018 Sherman Award Finalist

MedStar Health InFocus: A Digital Platform for Patient Education

Editor’s Note: MedStar Health’s Simulation Training and Education Lab was recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement for its digital patient education program. The Sherman Award is co-sponsored by Taylor Healthcare and the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute. In addition to selecting Sherman Award winners each year, the judges name finalists when the caliber […]

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Alexander Walker, PhD Alexander Walker is a senior director of learning research and design at MedStar Health Simulation Training and Education Lab, which is the educational development organization of one of the largest healthcare systems in the mid-Atlantic. He holds a Ph.D. in human factors psychology from Clemson University. Early in his career, Alex engaged in research examining the effects of learning in different simulation environments on the impacts of performance and the development of motion sickness. His other research experience includes the investigation of team performance, the psychophysiological assessment of the workload and performance of individuals and teams.

Alexander Walker, PhD has 2 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org


2018 Sherman Award Winner

Collaborating With Patients and Families to Raise Awareness of Sepsis

Editor’s Note: The MedStar Health Sepsis Collaborative received a 2018 Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement for this initiative, which included members of MedStar’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. The Sherman Award is co-sponsored by Taylor Healthcare and the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and was awarded at the IHI/NPSF Patient Safety Congress held last month in Boston, Massachusetts. The MedStar Health […]

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Jeanne DeCosmo is the director of clinical quality at MedStar Health. She is the co-lead of the MedStar Health Sepsis Collaborative and served on the team responsible for implementing Patient and Family Advisory Councils for Quality and Safety at each MedStar entity. Immediately prior to coming to MedStar Health, Jeanne served as VP Quality Policy and Advocacy, and Director of Workforce Development at the Maryland Hospital Association. She led numerous state-wide quality improvement efforts to reduce healthcare associated infections and served as co-lead for the nurse retention collaborative. Jeanne received her BSN from the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing and her MBA at Hood College in Frederick Maryland.

Jeanne DeCosmo, BSN, MBA, CPHQ has 2 post(s) at EngagingPatients.org