The Handoffs Effectiveness Research in the periOperative environment (HERO) Design Studio on February 15th and 16th was attended by a wide range of stakeholders and produced eighteen design solutions over the course of this two-day virtual workshop. This studio event was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and had over 100 participants from seventeen medical centers and universities, ten medical, nursing, and scientific societies, six patient safety organizations, six industrial partners and two regulatory agencies.
This event was the product of the Perioperative Multicenter Handoff Collaborative (www.Handoffs.org), a special interest group of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF). It was conducted to create a research and implementation strategy for perioperative handoffs. The Design Studio methodology was selected for its ability to create “breakout” ideas and promote a shared mental model among those seeking to engineer durable and scalable sociotechnical change capable of enhancing teamwork and communication. The event was facilitated by the Vanderbilt University Strategy and Innovation team.