The Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research is participating in patient-centered cognitive support research and applications in healthcare as part of the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Project (SHARP) program. The SHARP program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The "SHARP-C" project involves the establishment of a proposed National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making (NCCD) in healthcare.

NCCD's mission is to:

  • Bring together a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of researchers across the nation with the highest level of expertise in patient-centered cognitive support research from biomedical and health informatics, cognitive science, computer science, clinical sciences, industrial and systems engineering, and health services research areas.
  • Conduct short-term research that addresses the urgent usability, workflow, and cognitive support issues of HIT as well as long-term, breakthrough research that can fundamentally remove the key cognitive barriers to HIT adoption and meaningful use.
  • Translate research findings to the real world through a cooperative program involving researchers, patients, providers, HIT vendors, and other stakeholders to maximize the benefits of HIT for healthcare quality, efficiency, and safety.

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