Surveillance Analytics Core (SAC)

The Surveillance Analytics Core (SAC) is a multidisciplinary group with over 20 years of collaborative expertise in systems design, analysis, implementation, and management. The SAC is part of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Analytics Institute, with close ties to the Value Institute and Department of Anesthesiology.

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Our approach to system design incorporates proven tactics from many disciplines, including:

  • Systems engineering
  • Human factors and cognitive systems engineering
  • Human-centered design
  • Process improvement, emphasizing multidisciplinary collaborative design sessions
  • Clinical knowledge elicitation
  • Participatory prototyping
  • Performance measurement

We have worked with a broad base of healthcare staff, collaborating with frontline clinical teams, executive-level sponsors, and learners across the spectrum (residents and fellows, medical school, engineering, and business students).

The SAC continues to focus on designing, analyzing, and improving patient safety systems (especially those that allow for serious but treatable event recovery and rescue), driven by the recognition that despite decades of safety work in healthcare, preventable patient safety events remain the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

SAC background

The work of the SAC builds on decades of patient safety systems innovation at Dartmouth.

2015 to 2020: Failure to Rescue (FTR) Learning Laboratory

Learn more about the FTR Learning Laboratory project.

2006 to 2012: Inpatient surveillance development

2011: Systems development and analysis capability

2000 to 2011: McGrath lab at Dartmouth College

Read about our project highlights

Comments or questions?

Please contact Susan McGrath, PhD