Patient Safety Organization

​ECRI Institute PSO has been officially listed (effective 11/5/08) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a federally-listed Patient Safety Organization under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.

ECRI Institute has a long history of investigating events and publishing authoritative risk reduction strategies. Our nearly 50 years of experience includes operating healthcare problem reporting systems and safety initiatives. ECRI Institute has developed and operates the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System, a mandatory error and near-miss reporting program for Pennsylvania hospitals and other healthcare facilities, under contract to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Over 2 million reports have been collected and analyzed.

ECRI Institute PSO capabilities

ECRI Institute PSO services are based on applied research, interactive tools, a learning network, and a reporting platform. To enable healthcare providers to learn from our review of over 1 million near miss and adverse event reports and to improve patient care, ECRI Institute PSO provides patient safety data analysis; culture of safety recommendations; best practices library, advisories, and publications; continuing medical education; and ready-to-use toolkits. Read more in our free enewsletter, the PSO Monthly Brief.

ECRI Institute PSO provides two services to improve patient safety in your organization:

Mission and personnel

A component of ECRI Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), our mission is to achieve the highest levels of safety and quality in healthcare by collecting and analyzing over 1 million patient safety reports and sharing lessons learned and best practices. Our PSO Advisory Board and interdisciplinary team includes experts throughout the industry including: physicians, nurses, biomedical engineers, instructional designers, quality, legal and risk management professionals.