October 24th - 1pm-2pm - Dr. Alan Ravitz
Topic: Project Emerge – Reducing Patient Harm through a Systems Approach
I particularly liked the article because as system engineers we all know the perils (and cost) of the common approach to jump to a technological solution. In the starting introduction, the article states:
"The delivery of safe and high-quality health care has reached a crisis in the United States in terms of personal loss due to preventable errors, as well as economic loss. Estimates of the economic costs in the intensive care unit (ICU), which represents just a portion of the health care system at large, approach nearly 1% of the gross domestic product.1 A natural impulse to address these challenges is to introduce technology to mitigate risks due to human error and communication. Although the introduction of technology to health care may have contributed to improvements in mortality and morbidity, its application has not proven a panacea. In fact in some cases, it has spawned new challenges for safety and quality"
I'm looking forward to hearing about this topic from Dr. Ravitz and I hope that people can block out the hour to listen in as well.
Professional Staff member at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), is the Chief Engineer for APL’s National Health Mission Area.
In this capacity, Dr. Ravitz oversees technical aspects of a range of projects spanning biomedical and healthcare topics including neural prosthetics, precision medicine, systems biology, biomaterials, health surveillance, neurological health and human performance, patient safety, precision medicine, and systems engineering. Prior to involvement in these areas, he supported APL’s undersea warfare programs by developing signal and information processing technology for aircraft, surface ship, and submarine sonar and combat systems.
Dr. Ravitz is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) by The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and a licensed Professional Engineer (Maryland). He is also the Acting Program Chair for the Healthcare Systems Engineering Master’s degree program within the JHU Whiting School of Engineering (Engineering for Professionals Program). Dr. Ravitz has degrees in Biomedical Engineering (BS), Electrical Engineering (MS), Technical Management (MS), and Systems Engineering (PhD).