Paul Barr, MSc, PhD, an assistant professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, recently received the Patient and Family Engagement Early-Career Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Each year, the Patient Care Program of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation selects four promising early-career investigators who will be supported in their work to advance the field of patient and family engagement. Award recipients conduct work that has the potential to remove roadblocks and enable accelerants in the field.
Barr and colleagues are developing a platform to allow for routine audio recordings of conversations with clinicians and patients. Called the Open Recording Automated Logging System (ORALS) project, the system will be designed to tag recordings and enable patients and their family members to access their recordings in an effort to promote greater engagement in their health care.