Jason Stuart Adelman, MD
Dr. Adelman is Chief Patient Safety Officer, Associate Chief Quality Officer, and Executive Director of Patient Safety Research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Adelman is a hospitalist by training, and pursued patient safety after becoming aware of the sometimes catastrophic medical errors that occur in the hospital environment. In his current role he oversees quality and patient safety operations at CUIMC, including managing a large team of physicians, nurses, quality and patient safety specialists, and lean engineers in hospital-wide quality improvement efforts. Dr. Adelman also reviews all CUIMC significant adverse events, coordinates all quality reviews, and chairs all root cause analyses.
As Executive Director of the Patient Safety Research Program, Dr. Adelman is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to lead multiple research projects focused on Health IT Safety, Medication Safety, and General Patient Safety. He is also the co-director of the Patient Safety Research Fellowship in Hospital Medicine. In addition, Dr. Adelman was recently appointed the Faculty Advisor of Systems, Leadership, Integration, and Management (SLIM) Program for medical students at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Adelman is a National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Patient Safety Leadership Fellow, faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a standing member of the Patient Safety Measures Committee at the National Quality Forum (NQF), and serves on the editorial board for the Journal for Healthcare Quality. Dr. Adelman was named one of Fifty Leading National Patient Safety Experts by Becker’s Hospital Review for the last two years, was awarded the Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP) CHEERS Award for setting a standard of excellence in the prevention of medication errors, and received the Lorraine Tregde Patient Safety Leadership Award for taking extraordinary and innovative steps to improve patient safety.
- Associate Professor of Medicine (in Biomedical Informatics) at CUMC
- Chief Patient Safety Officer, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian
- Executive Director, Patient Safety Research, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian
- Associate Chief Quality Officer, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian
- Co-Director, Patient Safety Research Fellowship in Hospital Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian
- Vice Chair for Quality & Patient Safety, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian
- NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
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Credentials & Experience
Education & Training
- MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Internship: New York Methodist Hospital
- Residency: New York Methodist Hospital
Committees, Societies, Councils
Faculty, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Patient Safety Measures Committee, National Quality Forum (NQF)
American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS)
Senior Fellow, Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), the research arm of the American Hospital Association (AHA)
- Internal Medicine
Honors & Awards
- Fifty Leading National Patient Safety Experts by Becker’s Hospital Review
- 18th Annual Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP) CHEERS Award
- The Henry L. Moses Prize for Clinical Research Awarded
- Lorraine Tregde Patient Safety Leadership Award
- Physician of the Year, New York State Society of Physician Assistants
Leveraging health information technology, the Patient Safety Research Program conducts federally funded and hospital-supported research projects, testing replicable, scalable, and impactful solutions.
Dr. Adelman leads the Patient Safety Research Program, a multidisciplinary collaboration between Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, working across multiple departments including medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, nursing, quality, information technology and biomedical informatics. The mission of the Patient Safety Research Program is to develop and test innovative strategies for improving patient safety using rigorous research methods. Leveraging health information technology, the Patient Safety Research Program conducts federally funded as well as hospital-supported research projects to test solutions that are replicable, scalable, and make a real difference in improving patient safety. Dr. Adelman developed and validated the Wrong-Patient Retract-and-Reorder Measure to quantify wrong-patient errors, the first Health IT safety measure endorsed by the National Quality Forum. Results of research using the measure to evaluate patient safety interventions have informed national regulations and recommendations issued by the Joint Commission and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in the Department of Health and Human Services.
- diagnostic errors
- Health information technology
- medical errors
- Patient safety
- Adelman JS, Berger MA, Rai A, Galanter WL, Lambert BL, Schiff GD, Vawdrey DK, Green RA, Salmasian H, Koppel R, Schechter CB, Applebaum JR, Southern WN. A national survey assessing the number of records allowed open in electronic health records at hospitals and ambulatory sites. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017;24(5):992-995. PMID: 28419267.
- Adelman JS, Aschner JL, Schechter CB, Angert RM, Weiss JM, Rai A, Parakkattu V, Goffman D, Applebaum JR, Racine AD, Southern WN. Babyboy/Babygirl: A national survey on the use of temporary, nondistinct naming conventions for newborns in neonatal intensive care units. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017:;56(12):1157-1159. PMID: 28403654.
- Adelman JS, Aschner JL, Schechter CB, Angert RM, Weiss JM, Rai A, Berger MA, Reissman SH, Yongue C, Chacko B, Dadlez NM, Applebaum JR, Racine AD, Southern WN. Evaluating Serial Strategies for Preventing Wrong-Patient Orders in the NICU. Pediatrics. 2017;139(5). PMID: 28557730.
- Adelman JS, Aschner J, Schechter C, Angert R, Weiss J, Rai A, Berger M, Reissman S, Parakkattu V, Chacko B, Racine A, Southern W. Use of Temporary Names for Newborns and Associated Risks. Pediatrics. 2015;136(2):327-333. PMID: 26169429.
- Adelman JS, Kalkut GE, Schechter CB, Weiss JM, Berger MA, Reissman SH, Cohen HW, Lorenzen SJ, Burack DA, Southern WN. Understanding and preventing wrong-patient electronic orders: a randomized controlled trial. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013;20(2):305-310. PMID: 22753810.
- Adelman JS, Chelcun J. Evidence-based safe surgical practices as adjuncts to the universal protocol. Arch Surg. 2011 Apr;146(4):489; author reply 489-90. PMID: 21502464.
- Amato MG, Salazar A, Hickman TT, Quist AJ, Volk LA, Wright A, McEvoy D, Galanter WL, Koppel R, Loudin B, Adelman JS, McGreevey JD, 3rd, Smith DH, Bates DW, Schiff GD. Computerized prescriber order entry-related patient safety reports: analysis of 2522 medication errors. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017;24(2):316-322. PMID: 27678459.
- Austrian JS, Adelman JS, Reissman SH, Cohen HW, Billett HH. The impact of the heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) computerized alert on provider behaviors and patient outcomes. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2011;18(6):783-788. PMID: 21712374.
- Bhalla R, Berger MA, Reissman SH, Yongue BG, Adelman JS, Jacobs LG, Billett H, Sinnett MJ, Kalkut G. Improving hospital venous thromboembolism prophylaxis with electronic decision support. J Hosp Med. 2013;8(3):115-120. PMID: 23184857.
- Cowansage CB, Green RA, Kratz A, Vawdrey DK. An application for monitoring order set usage in a commercial EHR. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012;2012:1184-90. PMID: 23304395.
- Dadlez NM, Azzarone G, Sinnett MJ, Resnick M, Ushay HM, Adelman JS, Broder M, Duh-Leong C, Huang J, Kiely V, Nadler A, Nelson V, Simcik J, Rinke ML. Ordering Interruptions in a tertiary care center: a prospective observational study. Hosp Pediatr. 2017;7(3):134-139. PMID: 28148543.
- Freedberg DE, Salmasian H, Abrams JA, Green RA. Orders for intravenous proton pump inhibitors after implementation of an electronic alert. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(3):452-4. PMID: 25599173.
- Green RA, Hripcsak G, Salmasian H, Lazar EJ, Bostwick SB, Bakken SR, Vawdrey DK. Intercepting wrong-patient orders in a computerized provider order entry system. Ann Emerg Med. 2015;65(6):679-686. PMID: 25534652.
- Hripcsak G, Sengupta S, Wilcox A, Green RA. Emergency department access to a longitudinal medical record. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2007;14(2):235-238. PMID: 17213496.
- Kannampallil TG, Manning JD, Chestek DW, Adelman JS, Salmasian H, Lambert BL, Galanter WL. Effect of number of open charts on intercepted wrong-patient medication orders in an emergency department. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018;25(6):739-743. PMID: 29025090.
- Katsulis Z, Ergai A, Leung WY, Schenkel L, Rai A, Adelman JS, Benneyan J, Bates DW, Dykes PC. Iterative user centered design for development of a patient-centered fall prevention toolkit. Appl Ergon. 2016;56:117-126. PMID: 27184319.
- Laxmisan A, Hakimzada F, Sayan OR, Green RA, Zhang J, Patel VL. The multitasking clinician: decision-making and cognitive demand during and after team handoffs in emergency care. Int J Med Inform. 2007;76(11-12):801-11. PMID: 17059892.
- Leung WY, Adelman JS, Bates DW, Businger A, Dykes JS, Ergai A, Hurley A, Katsulis Z, Khorasani S, Scanlan M, Schenkel L, Rai A, Dykes PC. Validating fall prevention icons to support patient-centered education. J Patient Saf. 2017. PMID: 28230576.
- Rinke ML, Singh H, Heo M, Adelman JS, O'Donnell HC, Choi SJ, Norton A, Stein REK, Brady TM, Lehmann CU, Kairys SW, Rice-Conboy E, Thiessen K, Bundy DG. Diagnostic errors in primary care pediatrics: Project RedDE. Acad Pediatr. 2018;18(2):220-227. PMID: 28804050.
- Rinke ML, Singh H, Ruberman S, Adelman JS, Choi SJ, O'Donnell H, Stein RE, Brady TM, Heo M, Lehmann CU, Kairys S, Rice-Conboy E, Theissen K, Bundy DG. Primary care pediatricians' interest in diagnostic error reduction. Diagnosis (Berl). 2016;3(2):65-69. PMID: 28111611.
- Schnall R, Sperling JD, Liu N, Green RA, Clark S, Vawdrey DK. The effect of an electronic "hard-stop" alert on HIV testing rates in the emergency department. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:432-436. PMID: 23920591.
- Swartz JL, Cimino JJ, Fred MR, Green RA, Vawdrey DK. Designing a clinical dashboard to fill information gaps in the emergency department. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014;2014:1098-1104. PMID: 25954420