PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is celebrating its five year anniversary. ECRI Institute PSO was one of the first organizations to be officially listed (effective 11/5/08) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a federal Patient Safety Organization.

“We were one of the first 10 PSOs and ECRI Institute PSO continues to build on its 45 years of expertise in the areas of technology assessments, health devices and patient safety, quality and risk,” states Karen P. Zimmer, MD, MPH, FAAP, medical director, ECRI Institute PSO.

ECRI Institute PSO offers a comprehensive membership program for individual hospitals and health systems and support for other Patient Safety Organizations. Unlike other PSOs, it covers all clinical settings across the continuum of care. The services are based on applied research, interactive tools, a learning network, and a reporting platform. To enable healthcare providers to learn from near misses and adverse events, and to improve patient care, the PSO provides incident report collection and analysis.

The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization analytics team, with experience analyzing more than two million adverse event reports, includes physicians and nurses; quality, legal, and risk management professionals; individuals with safety, education, science, and engineering backgrounds; statisticians and data analysts; and information technology experts.

ECRI Institute PSO supports numerous state-based PSO programs as well as hospitals, health systems, and other provider organizations nationwide.

For information about working with ECRI Institute PSO, visit www.ecri.org/pso, e-mail pso@ecri.org, call (610) 825-6000, ext. 5558, or write to us at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

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About ECRI Institute
For 45 years, ECRI Institute’s work in patient safety, adverse event reporting and analysis, and development of recommendations has improved patient care at hospitals and other providers around the world. The ECRI Institute PSO—Patient Safety Organization—is a component of ECRI Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. ECRI Institute has a long history of investigating events and publishing authoritative risk reduction strategies. ECRI Institute is designated as an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute developed and implements 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, winner of the 2006 John M. Eisenberg Award. For more information, visit https://www.ecri.org. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ECRIInstitute) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/ECRI_Institute). 

For more information, contact:
Laurie Menyo, Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
(610) 825-6000, ext. 5310
lmenyo@ecri.org