More than 50 CRICO-insured researchers will be principal investigators of projects being funded by CRICO in 2021. At the forefront of topics being studied are telemedicine, health care equity, machine-learning, and emergency medicine interventions.

CRICO, a recognized leader in evidence-based risk management, owned by and serving the Harvard medical community, works with its member organizations to increase its footprint in championing and advancing patient safety efforts through an annual request for applications (RFA) grants program.

Each year, CRICO analyzes medical malpractice claims experiences and engages a team of experts from its membership to identify RFA focus areas. For the 2021 RFA program, the focus areas were: Patient Assessment, Management and Performance of Medical Treatment/Procedural Safety, Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN, Surgery, Emerging Health Care Delivery Models, Data Analytics, and Employment Practices Liability.

CRICO received 71 Letters of Intent from 11 member organizations and all proposals were reviewed by internal CRICO staff and subject matter experts from the membership. This year, CRICO is pleased to continue its funding tradition by awarding grants to:

Real-time Inpatient Diagnostic Error Risk Prediction and Evaluation: Principal Investigator: Anuj Dalal, MD; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Co-PI: Stuart Lipsitz, ScD

Standardization of Headache Management in the Emergency Department: Principal Investigator: Korilyn Zachrison, MD, MSc; Massachusetts General Hospital; Co-PIs: Aneesh Singhal, MD; Joshua Goldstein, MD, PhD; Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD

Gender Identity in the Electronic Health Record as a Patient Safety Priority: Principal Investigator: Dinah Foer, MD; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Co-PIs: David Bates, MD, MSc; Li Zhou, MD, PhD

Health Disparities in Radiology: Evaluating Socioeconomic Predictors of Inequitable Follow-up Imaging: Principal Investigator: Neena Kapoor, MD; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Co-PIs: Ronilda Lacson, MD, PhD; Ramin Khorasani, MD, MPH; Sonali Desai, MD; Sunil Eappen, MD, MBA

IR-Peer: A Peer Learning System in Interventional Radiology: Principal Investigator: Dania Daye, MD, PhD; Massachusetts General Hospital; Co-PIs: Daniel Glazer, MD; Ramin Khoransani, MD, MPH; Sanjay Saini, MD, MBA; Sanjeeva Kalva, MD; Matthew Schenker, MD

Mitigating Patient Harm by Reducing the Use of Physical Restraints: A Standardized Strategy for Agitation Management in the Emergency Department: Principal Investigator: Dana Im, MD, MPP, MPhil; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Co-PIs: Alice Bukhman, MD, MPH; Paul Chen, MD, MBA; Naomi Schmelzer, MD, MPH; Sejal Shah, MD

Leveraging Electronic Health Record Data and Machine-learning for Neonatal Risk Stratification on Labor and Delivery: Principal Investigator: Mark Clapp, MD, MPH; Massachusetts General Hospital; Co-PIs: Thomas McCoy, MD; Anjali Kaimal, MD, MAS; Roy Perlis, MD, MSc

Impact of a Novel Coaching Program on Medical Errors, Clinical Reasoning, and Well-being of Physicians: Principal Investigator: Ritika Parris, MD; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Risk Reduction in Colon Cancer Surveillance through Machine-learning Based Identification of Patients at High-risk of Interval Polyp and Colon Cancer Development: Principal Investigator: Joseph Feuerstein, MD; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Co-PIs: Sarah Flier, MD; Arvind Ravi, MD, PhD

Hand-motion Assessment for Objective Evaluation of Central Line Placement: From Simulation to Real-world Application: Principal Investigator: Joseph Weinstein, MD, FSIR; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Co-PIs: John Mitchell MD; Muneeb Ahmed, MD, FSIR; Aidan Sharkey, MD

Engaging Patients and Families in Care Transitions: A New Approach to Using Health Information Transparency to Improve the Safety of Hospital Discharges: Principal Investigator: Catherine DesRoches, DrPH; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Co-PIs: Shoshana Herzig, MD; Sigall Bell, MD; Fabienne Bourgeois, MD

Addressing Health Disparities Between Resident and Faculty Patients at Academic Health Centers: A Patient Safety Opportunity Through the Lens of Health Care Equity: Principal Investigator: Kelly Graham, MD; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Co-PIs: Elizabeth Norian, MD; Jonathan Li, MD; Maelys Amat, MD

Automated Pap Smear Result Follow-up Safety Net Project: Principal Investigator: Jessica Wang, MD; Atrius Health; Co-PIs: Rebecca Schwartz, MD; David Kindelberger, MD; Thomas Isaac, MD; Karen Horsey, MSHS, MBA

Assessing and Addressing Implicit Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Bias: Principal Investigator: Brian Labow, MD; Boston Children’s Hospital; Co-PI: John Meara, MD

CRICO anticipates opening its 2022 RFA program this August. When available, CRICO will notify its member institutions and provide further details on its website:

CRICO also directs a grant program to fund projects in which CRICO seeks collaborators and partners to pilot concepts and interventions and expand and operationalize work that has already demonstrated efficacy. For 2021, CRICO is pleased to award CRICO-directed grants to:

Advancing Digital and Virtual Care Opportunities for Care Access Translates to Equality (ADVOCATE): Principal Investigator: Lee Schwamm, MD; Mass General Brigham; Co-PIs: Adam Licurse, MD, MHS; Yvonne Cheung, MD

Identifying Safety Risks and Health Care Disparities in Pediatric Virtual Visits: Principal Investigator: Dionne Graham, PhD; Boston Children’s Hospital; Co-PIs: Jonathan Finkelstein, MD, MPH; Amir Kimia, MD; Snehal Shah, MD; Eli Sprecher, MD, MPP; Maireade McSweeney, MD; Andrea Bauer, MD; Valerie Ward, MD; Sara Toomey, MD

Surgical Coaching for Operative Performance Enhancement (SCOPE): Principal Investigator: Doug Smink, MD, MPH; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Co-PIs: Mary Brindle, MD; George Molina, MD

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