Carol Keohane, RN, MS

Assistant Vice President
Harvard Medical Institutions, Inc.

Carol Keohane is the Assistant Vice President of the Academic Medical Center/Patient Safety Organization (AMC/PSO), a component entity of the Controlled Risk Insurance Company/Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions. In this role, Ms. Keohane is responsible for the strategic planning and operations of the AMC|PSO.

Prior to joining the AMC|PSO, Ms. Keohane served 10 years as Program Director for the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In this role, she had oversight of a large patient safety research portfolio and was responsible for directing all research efforts conducted through the Center. Ms. Keohane has been involved in multiple research efforts aimed at evaluating novel approaches towards making healthcare more effective and efficient while improving patient safety. Additionally, she assisted in the development of a patient safety research curriculum and has conducted global training for clinicians in patient safety research methods in Toronto, Canada and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Ms. Keohane has contributed to and co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications on various patient safety issues including the evaluation of various health information technologies such as CPOE, barcoding/eMAR, smart pumps, electronic prescribing, and electronic handoff communication tools, assessing their effect on patient care and clinician workflow. She currently serves as an adhoc reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Critical Care Medicine and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. In 2012, she was invited to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Patient Safety.

Since 1998, Ms. Keohane has also served as a nurse reviewer for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) Voluntary Review of Quality of Care program and was appointed to this program’s Steering Committee in 2007, She also serves on ACOG’s Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement and in 2012, was appointed to the Advisory Panel for ACOG’s Women's Health Safety Certification for Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) program.

Ms. Keohane has broad clinical experience in high- risk obstetrics as well as general ob/gyn and neonatal nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics from the University of Massachusetts where she is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Health Informatics and Management program. Ms. Keohane also completed an Executive Education Leadership program at the Harvard Business School.