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It’s not just the information you put into a PSO, it’s the information, analysis, advice, and support that allows participants to prevent future occurrences and learn from other healthcare organizations that makes working with ECRI Institute PSO so impactful.

The following examples show how ECRI Institute PSO creates and disseminates information based on the confidential data reported to the PSO to promote organizational learning and promote good patient safety practices.

ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dives

Each year ECRI Institute PSO completes a Deep Dive analysis of a patient safety topic. These reports are benefits of membership in the PSO. Examples available to the public are provided below:  

PSO Newsletters and E-Lerts

PSO Navigator newsletters and Patient Safety E-Lerts are also being made publicly available to further our mission to improve patient safety:

Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

To help guide organizations in deciding where to focus their patient safety efforts, ECRI Institute has developed the 2017 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations.

Past editions of the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns:

Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety

The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety has established workgroups for in-depth study of health IT events. Based on this study, tools and resources to face these key issues are offered to the public:

Patient Identification

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More resources from the Partnership are available to the public on the Partnership website.

 Public Resources from ECRI Institute PSO

 

 

Three Keys to Running a Successful Diverse Organizationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts071917_Diverse.aspxThree Keys to Running a Successful Diverse Organization2017-07-26T00:00:00Z ​Three keys to running a successful diverse organization are staff acceptance, patient acceptance, and understanding of cultural perceptions, according to a July 5, 2017, article in Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.
Costs of Short-Term Rehospitalization Substantial Regardless of Insurance Type, Agehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts071917_Costs.aspxCosts of Short-Term Rehospitalization Substantial Regardless of Insurance Type, Age2017-07-19T00:00:00Z ​Hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge cost U.S. hospitals $50.7 billion between January 1 and November 31, 2013, and although Medicare patients accounted for more than half ($29.6 billion) of these costs, non-Medicare patients still accounted for a substantial amount ($21 billion), according to a study published in PLOS ONE on July 10, 2017. The
Hospitals Should Learn from Errors “Without Fear of Public Disclosure”: Groups Urge Supreme Court to Review Patient Safety Act Casehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts071217_Supreme.aspxHospitals Should Learn from Errors “Without Fear of Public Disclosure”: Groups Urge Supreme Court to Review Patient Safety Act Case2017-07-12T00:00:00Z ​ECRI Institute PSO has joined the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, the Patient Safety Organization of Florida, and Joint Commission in filing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court of the United States to review a Florida Supreme Court decision that would remove protections for healthcare providers from public disclosure of patient safety data.
The Doctor Will See You Later: How Can Organizations Address Long Waiting Room Times?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts071217_Later.aspxThe Doctor Will See You Later: How Can Organizations Address Long Waiting Room Times?2017-07-12T00:00:00Z ​Thanks in part to social media, patients are speaking out more frequently about long delays in waiting rooms, according to a July 1, 2017, article in the Boston Globe.
House Approves Medical Liability Reform Bill; American Hospital Association Voices Supporthttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts070517_House.aspxHouse Approves Medical Liability Reform Bill; American Hospital Association Voices Support2017-07-05T00:00:00Z ​The U.S. House of Representatives voted on June 28, 2017, to approve a medical malpractice bill that limits noneconomic damage in civil lawsuits, according to an article the same day in the Washington Post.
Is the “Weekend Effect” Actually a Saturday and Sunday Afternoon Effect?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts070517_Weekend.aspxIs the “Weekend Effect” Actually a Saturday and Sunday Afternoon Effect?2017-07-05T00:00:00Z ​The higher risk of death in patients admitted to the hospital on weekends, the so-called weekend effect, may have little to do with weekend staffing levels, according to a study published in the July 2017 issue of The Lancet.
Patients and Providers Agree: Decision Support Helps but Distracts from Visitshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts062817_Decision.aspxPatients and Providers Agree: Decision Support Helps but Distracts from Visits2017-06-28T00:00:00Z ​Providers reported strong satisfaction with clinical decision support (CDS) systems used during patient visits, but both providers and patients expressed frustration that using CDS took the provider's attention away from the patient, according to a study published June 2, 2017, in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.
Has Value-Based Purchasing Led to Improved Quality?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts062117_Value.aspxHas Value-Based Purchasing Led to Improved Quality?2017-06-21T00:00:00Z ​Although hospitals have been subject to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) program for Medicare reimbursement since 2013, the quality of care they provide has not improved at a significantly different rate from hospitals not subject to value-based purchasing, according to a study in the June 15, 2017, New England Journal of Medicine.
Lost in a Hospital? There’s An App for Thathttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts062117_Lost.aspxLost in a Hospital? There’s An App for That2017-06-21T00:00:00Z ​Some health systems are developing smart phone apps that can help visitors navigate sprawling health complexes from their car to their appointments and back again, according to a June 8, 2017, article in the Houston Chronicle.
Legionnaire Disease: A Preventable Problem Plaguing Healthcare Facilitieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061417_Legionnaire-.aspxLegionnaire Disease: A Preventable Problem Plaguing Healthcare Facilities2017-06-14T00:00:00Z ​Hospitals and nursing homes must do more to reduce the risks of people contracting Legionnaires disease in their facilities, according to recent communications from two government agencies.
Are Uninsured or Medicare Patients More Likely to Receive Low-Value Services?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061417_Uninsured.aspxAre Uninsured or Medicare Patients More Likely to Receive Low-Value Services?2017-06-14T00:00:00Z ​Overuse of low-value care among uninsured or Medicare-insured patients is common, but not significantly more so than among privately insured patients, according to an original investigation published in the June 2017 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
Litigation: Higher or Lower?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/LitigationGameShow.aspxLitigation: Higher or Lower?2017-06-13T00:00:00Z ​In honor of National Healthcare Risk Management Week, June 19-24, 2017, we invite you to read about these legal cases and see whether the judgments and settlements are higher or lower than you expect.
Majority of EHR Progress Notes Are Copied and Pasted or Imported, Says Studyhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts060717_Majority.aspxMajority of EHR Progress Notes Are Copied and Pasted or Imported, Says Study2017-06-07T00:00:00Z ​The majority of progress notes in electronic health record (EHR) systems are either copied and pasted or imported, according to a research letter published May 30, 2017, in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“Healthcare’s Overlooked Disease”: Special Report Focuses on Link between Behavioral and Physical Healthhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts060717_Special.aspx“Healthcare’s Overlooked Disease”: Special Report Focuses on Link between Behavioral and Physical Health2017-06-07T00:00:00Z In light of growing evidence linking behavioral and physical health, Modern Healthcare published a special report on "healthcare's overlooked disease."
“Ask Every Patient, Every Time”: New Recommendations for Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in Two Subgroupshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts053117_AskEvery.aspx“Ask Every Patient, Every Time”: New Recommendations for Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in Two Subgroups2017-05-31T00:00:00Z ​Assessing patients with depression for hypomanic symptoms and/or a family history of bipolar disorder is critical in diagnosing depressive mixed states (DMX); this can only happen if clinicians "ask every patient, every time."

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