Discovery in Health Services Research
Health Services Research Town Hall
To develop the important area of health services research (HSR), ACTSI led a joint institutional Town Hall meeting in April 2011 that convened 80 key investigators from across Atlanta to assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to health services research. The program highlighted: Emory’s Center for Health Outcomes and Quality and the Department of Health Policy (both at Rollins School of Public Health); Perspectives on quality-related research and AHRQ funding presented by the Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety at Emory’s Department of Surgery; and an overview of Georgia Tech’s new Institute of People and Technology in their Health Systems Institute. Other pertinent topics included: HSR funding and program development including HSR key faculty, partnerships, and collaborations; HSR activities in clinical effectiveness research, quality, accessibility of care, new models of healthcare delivery, health technologies, IT infrastructure and connectivity; health education and practice; health economics; public health aspects of HSR including behavioral research in health services research, social determinants of health and health disparities, global health, health policy and management; and HSR ethics.
In addition, a new interactive web-based resource has been created with ACTSI support, the Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) “to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge about healthcare service and delivery in order to benefit society.” The goal of the HIP is to increase the quality and quantity of healthcare innovation research, education, and service. This is a unique resource for health services investigators in the Atlanta region.