FROM THE DIRECTOR
Launched in 2009 to support research and research training, the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine aims to be an engine for change, developing innovative programs to achieve excellence in quality and patient safety. We hope to achieve this goal through rigorous evaluations that continually challenge assumptions and test innovative ideas and by training future leaders in the field of patient safety and quality improvement research, education, and administration.
The scope of our work, from single site demonstration projects to multi-center randomized trials, extends across the healthcare system with a particular emphasis on clinical operations within the hospital and the transitions between inpatient and outpatient settings. Focusing on multidisciplinary collaborations between researchers, administrative leaders, and clinical providers, CHIPS draws members from across diverse clinical areas.
CHIPS provides intellectual, structural, and financial support for projects in comparative effectiveness and implementation science, especially for evaluating organizational strategies to improve healthcare quality. Our Center and its researchers benefit from collaboration with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, the Center offers training opportunities for residents, fellows, and junior faculty.
The Center's research goals are: