Meghan Dierks

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Recent reports have identified medical errors as a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among patients. A variety of approaches have been implemented to identify errors and their causes. These approaches include retrospective reporting and investigation of errors and adverse events and prospective analyses for identifying hazardous situations. The(More)
We have created a clinical performance support system that transforms surgical informed consent into an interactive process capable of evolving in response to institution-specified, provider-specified and patient-specified needs. The system functions in several capacities, including: (1) a source of standardized and comprehensive content and format the(More)
IMPORTANCE Elderly patients often share control of their personal health information and decision making with family and friends when needed. Patient portals can help with information sharing, but concerns about privacy and autonomy of elderly patients remain. Health systems that implement patient portals would benefit from guidance about how best to(More)
The integration and large-scale analyses of medical error databases would be greatly facilitated by the use of a standard terminology. We investigated the availability in the UMLS metathesaurus of concepts that are required for coding patient safety data. Terms from three proprietary patient safety terminologies were mapped to the concepts in UMLS by an(More)
The MIT Faculty has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. ABSTRACT: While engineering techniques are used in the development of medical devices and have been applied to individual healthcare processes, such as the use of checklists in surgery [1] and ICUs [2], the application of system engineering(More)
OBJECTIVES With the worldwide population growing in age, information technology may help meet important needs to prepare and support patients and families for aging. We sought to explore the use and acceptance of information technology for health among the elderly by reviewing the existing literature. METHODS Review of literature using PubMed and Google(More)
Simulation-based training is a promising instructional approach for training military and civilian medical first responders such as EMTs. There is a need for first responder training in cognitively-based skills such as situation assessment and decision making. We are developing a training program for first responders that uses mannequin-based simulation(More)
PURPOSE Elders in retirement communities face many challenges concerning information and communication. We know little about whether or how online technologies help meet their medical and social needs. The objective of this study was to gain insights into how these elders and their families manage health information and communication. DESIGN AND METHODS(More)