Catalyze Innovation that Advances Health



Our research team focuses on leveraging theory to conduct applied research that addresses critical safety problems in healthcare. With unparalleled access to a 10-hospital healthcare system, a diverse range of clinical expertise, and expertise in human factors, applied cognition, and safety engineering we are the nation's innovative leader in human factors and healthcare research.


Publications, Videos, and Tools

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Our team utilizes both traditional research methods and advanced tools and techniques to conduct cutting edge research.

  • Ethnographic observation
  • Failure mode and effects analysis
  • Simulation (live and game-based)
  • Statistical modeling
  • Machine learning
  • Heuristic evaluation
  • Eye tracking (mobile and stationary)
  • Interviews and focus groups
  • Neural networks




MedStar Health combines the best aspects of academic medicine, research, and innovation with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance patient care. As the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, MedStar’s 10 hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute, and a comprehensive group of healthcare organizations are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training more than 1,100 medical residents annually, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University. MedStar is a $4.2 billion, not-for-profit, regional healthcare system based in Columbia, Maryland. MedStar’s 30,000 associates and 6,000 affiliated physicians support its patient-first philosophy.


Funding and Collaboration

Our research team has a track record of successful funding from government institutions, private companies, and foundations.

We embrace a fully collaborative culture and are directly engaged with institutions from both the public and private sectors. Our partners range from small start-ups to large organizations, and we work closely with these partners to develop new insights and practices in healthcare.

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Note: clients of the usability division are not listed to protect their privacy. A list of references can be provided upon request. To request access to this information, contact us here and select Usability.

For more information about research at the Center for Human Factors, please contact us here and select Human Factors.