Dr. Hardeep Singh, chief of the health policy and quality program at the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence and assistant professor of medicine-health services research at Baylor College of Medicine, received the 2012 Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from the AcademyHealth at the society’s annual research meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Singh received the award for his innovative work in the area of health services research, including understanding and reducing medical errors in the outpatient setting, especially those that involve missed and delayed diagnosis; use of health information technology to identify and reduce diagnostic errors; and improving patient safety in electronic health record-based health systems.

AcademyHealth is the leading national organization serving the fields of health services and policy research. It focuses on addressing the current and future needs of an evolving health system, informing health policy, and translating evidence into action. This award, initiated in 1986, recognizes the contributions of new scholars to the field of health services research. It commemorates the dedication of Alice Hersh, the founding executive director of the Association for Health Services Research, one of AcademyHealth’s predecessors. Singh is the first recipient from Texas to receive this prestigious award.

"I am honored to receive this award and being recognized for my research," said Singh. "I hope this recognition will encourage others to work in the area of improving the safety and quality of health care delivery."

"Dr. Singh is a pre-eminent researcher in the areas of reducing diagnostic errors and in understanding how best to leverage health information technology to improve safety," said Dr. Laura Petersen, director of the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, acting associate chief of staff /research at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and chief of the BCM Section of Health Services Research. “He is very deserving of this honor, which demonstrates the value of the work he does.” Petersen is also a professor of medicine-health services research at BCM.

The Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence is the largest health services research center in the Southwest. The center conducts high-quality scientific research that improves the health of veterans and patients across the nation, by helping to ensure the patient-centered delivery of scientific discoveries.