The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is set to designate up to $5 million in 2018 to the creation of as many as eight patient safety learning laboratories devoted to the investigation of threats to safe patient care and proper diagnosis.

While the agency acknowledges that progress has been made in recent years in areas including infection control, medication safety, health IT, and safety culture, experts agree that greater focus is needed if sweeping improvement is to be implemented nationwide. Funded laboratories will be facilitated by multi-disciplinary teams of doctors, engineers, designers, nurses, IT experts, and researchers who, working together, will take a systems approach to addressing the areas of diagnosis and treatment that carry a high burden of harm and cost.

Letters of intent are due February 26, 2028, and the application deadline is March 26, 2018.

To learn more about AHRQ’s funding for patient safety learning laboratories, click here.