MLA Distance Education
Keeping Patients Safe: Roles for Information Professionals
MLA's Educational Webcast
Held November 16, 2005
Senior Program Officer, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies, Washington, DC
Philip Aspden is currently the director for a congressionally
mandated Institute of Medicine study on identifying and preventing medication
errors. In December 2001, he joined the staff of the Health Care Services
Board at the Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC, to be the director
of a health care data standards study, which produced Patient Safety:
Achieving a New Standard for Care. Subsequently he was a senior staff
member on, Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health
Care, a study recommending ways to improve the quality of health care
in rural America.
Earlier at the National Academies, Aspden was on the
staff of the Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) Board, where
he was a senior staff member of a major IT Workforce project, which led
to the report, Building a Workforce for the Information Economy.
Also at the STEP Board, he edited the report of a conference, Medical
Innovation in the Changing Healthcare Marketplace.
Prior to joining the National Academies, Aspden, along
with James Katz (Rutgers, NJ), set up, during the period 1995-1999, one
of the first groups to carry out empirical research on the socioeconomic
impact of the Internet. During this period and earlier, Aspden also acted
as consultant for Bellcore, Morristown, NJ, and for Battelle and Celeste
& Sabety, both Columbus, OH, In 1992, Aspden was research manager
for Infrastructures for the 21st Century, a study carried out by
the Diebold Institute, Bedford Hills, NY. For seven years until 1991,
Aspden was a leading telecommunications consultant at Butler Cox, London.
He began his career in the British Scientific Civil Service working successively
in the Department of the Environment, Department of Health, and Her Majesty's
Aspden received a bachelor's degree (Hons.) in
mathematics from Cambridge University, England. He carried out postgraduate
work in operations research at Lancaster University, England, earning
master's and doctoral degrees. During 1979-1980, he was a research scholar
at the International Institute of Applied System Analysis, Austria.
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