About Us

Ideas to Innovation: Simulating Collaborations in the Application of Resilience Engineering to Healthcare was hosted by  MedStar Health and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) as the first conference in UIDP’s Ideas to Innovation series. The Ideas to Innovation series provides a unique forum for representatives from diverse arenas to come together and discuss ways to advance the idea to innovation process in emerging technology areas. In addition, these workshops serve as a test bed to demonstrate how best practices and lessons identified by UIDP can be tested and evaluated. Read more about the series here

Hosting Organizations

MedStar Health Research Institute provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs that complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the MedStar Health system.

As part of a multi-hospital academic medical system spanning the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC region, MedStar Health Research Institute conducts translational, clinical, healthcare delivery and outcomes research in hospital and ambulatory settings that serve one of the most diverse patient populations in the United States.

Many scientists employed by or affiliated with MHRI are nationally and internationally known investigators, who serve on editorial review boards of prominent scientific and medical journals and have prestigious NIH committee and academic appointments. MHRI provides research support to investigators in a wide range of clinical fields, but is best known for its expertise in cardiovascular disease, critical care, diabetes/metabolism, neuroscience/rehabilitation, oncology, and orthopedics/sports medicine.
The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare brings together human factors engineers, industrial systems engineers, industrial/organizational psychologists, usability specialists, health services researchers, and clinicians to conduct safety science, applied research, and consulting to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, reliability, and safety. By being situated within a large healthcare system, our team can take advantage of unusual access to healthcare worker and patient subjects, multiple clinical facilities, multispecialty collaborators, large medical simulation centers, and a usability testing facility.

A part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) and the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), the Center’s home and “research lab” is MedStar Health, a $4B not-for-profit healthcare organization in the Baltimore/Washington area. The MedStar Health system is academically affiliated with Georgetown University School of Medicine, and includes nine hospitals and more than twenty diversified healthcare companies with more than 100 locations. The Center benefits from established collaborations many academic institutions and hospital systems, and MedStar is part of the NIH Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

MedStar Health is a $4.4 billion not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with a network of 10 hospitals and 20 other health-related businesses across Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. As the area's largest health system, it is one of the region's largest employers with almost 30,000 associates and 5,600 affiliated physicians, all of whom support MedStar Health's patient-first philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. We prove this with more than 163,000 inpatient admissions and more than 2 million outpatient visits each year.

MedStar Health associates proudly serve a half-million patients annually, and our employee satisfaction exceeds the national average for healthcare and Fortune 500 high-performing companies, which translates into a workforce dedicated to providing the highest quality care to the communities we serve. We contribute approximately $111 million in payroll tax to the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia each year, and believe in re-investing in our associates through professional development programs, such as the Executive Development Institute and the John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship Program. Additionally, MedStar Health provides more than $260 million in charity care and community benefit on an annual basis.

The purpose of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) is to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between university and industry in the United States.

The UIDP supports mutually beneficial U.S. University-Industry collaborations encouraging U.S. competitiveness by developing and disseminating strategies for addressing common issues between the two sectors. Convened by the National Academies, the UIDP was launched in 2006 by the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) and provides a unique forum for university and industry representatives to meet and discuss operational and strategic issues such as contracting, intellectual property, and compliance matters. These conversations might otherwise never take place, and they serve to help university representatives better understand the culture and constraints of their industry counterparts, and vice versa.