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The VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Human-Computer Interaction & Simulation Laboratory was developed by the VA Center for Health Information and Communication, in collaboration with the Indianapolis VA Medical Center, with a goal toward transforming the VA's health information systems. Established in 2008, the laboratory is located within the main hospital facility in close proximity to patient care areas. This laboratory is intended to foster collaborations with HSR&D Principal Investigators across the U.S. and provides a means to evaluate a wide variety of VA health information technologies and provide evidence for their design and implementation. The laboratory group utilizes multiple methods including field-based studies and scenario-based simulations to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of health information technology for VA employees and patients. If you would like to learn more or discuss a potential proposal involving the laboratory, please contact April Savoy, PhD.