Other Projects

Ariadne Labs continuously cultivates new projects that can bring health systems innovation to other areas of health-care delivery. We launched the Ariadne Labs Spark Grants program to support early-stage projects to design new interventions or new capacities for solving problems in health care delivery. Spark Grants are supported through a gift from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Other projects are supported through Ariadne Labs.

Our current Spark Grants include:

A growing body of research on post-ICU recovery suggests that there are long-term consequences of being in the ICU that can negatively impact a patient’s physical, cognitive, and mental wellbeing. This project aims to establish prioritized recovery outcomes and a scalable intervention for patients after they are released from intensive care.

The Safe Surgery Checklist has the potential to reduce disparities in surgical outcomes, but there is little understanding currently of how the SSC actually affects disparities in health outcomes between patient populations differing in race or income. Continuing to explore Ariadne Labs’ partnership study with the South Carolina Hospital Association, this project will examine the relationship of the Safe Surgery South Carolina Program to racial and socioeconomic disparities in surgical outcomes.

Delivering hospital-level care at home has the potential to increase access to acute care services, improve the patient care experience, and reduce unnecessary medical costs. This project seeks to develop a model for hospital-level care for rural and ultra-rural settings, expanding on current work for at home hospital care in urban settings.

Our other projects include:

When patients are harmed by medical error, some healthcare organizations employ a Communication and Resolution Program (or CRP) to rectify the situation. However, the effectiveness of CRPs is often undercut by inconsistent or partial implementation. This project aims to develop and test a standardized set of measures to help organizations gauge and ultimately improve the effectiveness and reliability of their Communication and Resolution Programs (or CRPs) on a national scale.

The Context Assessment for Successful Implementation (CASI) Project aims to develop, test, and spread a context assessment tool to evaluate a site’s context and to integrate the results into implementation strategies. Our long term goal is to generate a scalable approach for integrating context into implementation that can be used by any site for any evidence-based intervention.

Led by Dr. Raffaella Sadun, this project uses an adaptation of the World Management Survey to provide the first Census-level measurement of management across hospitals in the U.S.

Led by Dr. Alex Hannenberg, this project tests assumptions as to why team training is not more widely used by surgical teams to practice clinical care, and develops options for a training model that addresses barriers and increases access to this approach.