ECRI Institute, under contract with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, designed, developed, and implemented the first state reporting system in the United States to require healthcare facilities to report "near-misses" as well as actual events. Through this mandatory program, ECRI Institute receives reports submitted by almost 1,200 facilities and analyzes that data to identify trends and suggests improvements to enhance patient safety. These trends are published in the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory, which marked its 10th anniversary in March 2014.
The Authority, including ECRI Institute experts, conducts collaborations with the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) and other Pennsylvania healthcare organizations through the federal Partnership for Patients program. These collaborations focus on reducing falls, wrong-site surgeries, and adverse drug events statewide. All collaborations have resulted in decreased harmful patient safety events.
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