PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) announces that it has been selected to provide patient safety services for the Virginia PSO, a component organization of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and the Virginia Hospital Research & Education Foundation. PSOs provide a protected legal environment for analyzing patient safety adverse events. The services include a patient safety data collection and reporting system and analysis of adverse events and other information from hospitals and health systems that participate in Virginia PSO.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with ECRI Institute whose broad experience with adverse event issues will help to accelerate safety improvement in Virginia. This partnership will enable Virginia healthcare providers to combine their quality and safety efforts with those of providers across the country to improve healthcare for all individuals receiving care in Virginia," says Abraham Segres, MHA, vice president, quality and patient safety, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.

“We look forward to our collaboration with Virginia PSO. They have quickly engaged their members in this program and their proactive approach to patient safety will be a great benefit,” states Ronni Solomon, JD, executive vice president and general counsel, ECRI Institute.

 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 near misses and adverse events, and to improve patient care, the PSO gathers, aggregates, and analyzes patient safety data from healthcare providers across the continuum of care. The reporting platform provides a secure way for ECRI Institute PSO to accept data from providers using any electronic system, as well as to provide a web-based, intuitive interface for data entry.

The ECRI Institute PSO analytics team, with deep experience analyzing 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 Virginia PSO
The Virginia PSO was established to assist Virginia hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organizations in providing the safest and highest quality of care to their patients. The mission and primary activity of the Virginia PSO is to conduct Patient Safety Activities in order to assist PSO members in improving patient safety and the quality of healthcare delivery. The Virginia PSO is a component organization of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and the Virginia Hospital Research & Education Foundation, created under the authority of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. For more information, visit http://www.vhha.com/virginiapso.html

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