AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) is a compendium of the latest research on patient safety. The site provides articles, tools, and resources to facilitate future research efforts, influence hospital policies, and educate providers and patients about patient safety best practices.  

The PSNet redesign centered on streamlining patient safety researchers, hospital administrators and providers experience finding relevant content among the over 15,000 resources available on the site. 


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  • Agile-based Technical Project Management  

  • Discovery and Business Analysis 

  • Persona Development 

  • UX and Visual Design  

  • Drupal Development 

  • Content Curation 

  • Cloud Native Development 

  • Microservices based Dev Ops 

  • Information Architecture and Site Map Development 

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The PSNet redesign focused on helping the end users to find the information they need among the vast resources available as quickly as possible. We created a search- first site that aligns with the user’s topic oriented mental modal, along with improved site navigation and a modernized design.  



Design Founded on Research

To understand site user’s goals, we interviewed various audience types and developed targetter personas with specific, data backed, findings that the site needed to accommodate.  We also investigated the navigational needs of the site through task analysis and card sorting methodologies. All research methods led us to the same conclusion: users’ want to know all the information available on a specific topic of intersest.  

Data-Driven Decision Making

The navigation was re-organized to accommodate user’s goals, rather than organize content based on article types, and was validated with additional research. We developed interactive prototypes that demonstrated the layout and interactions of each page template and acquired regular, iterative client feedback. We employed a modern visual design founded in AHRQ brand standards and best practices for content heavy websites.  

A Product Mindset

PSNet is being released iteratively with a product mindset. In our initial release, we have updated the navigation and visual designs, but we are rolling out continuous improvements and new features through sprint-based development. We don’t view this product as complete, but instead as ever-evolving as we learn more about the site's usage and the end-user's goals. 



 PSNet is built on a Drupal CMS and founded on the principals of user-centered design.  It houses a plethora of PSNet Resources and allows for additional ones to be added easily by content creators. The prominent search interface invites users to search first, while the updated information architecture groups content logically under goal-based navigation. The updated page layouts and visual designs make understanding the content simpler.  

  • Drupal based Content Management 

  • User-Centered Design 

  • Goal-Based Information Architecture