The AACE Patient Safety Exchange is a website with the mission of improving the quality and safety of the medical care for patients with diabetes and other metabolic and endocrine disorders. As the practice of medicine becomes more complex, the potential for medical errors injurious to patients increases. Our goal is to eliminate these errors.
The University of Washington’s Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of openness and commitment to furthering collaboration between the different health care professions. The Center’s core faculty and staff are multidisciplinary health sciences faculty and clinicians from Dentistry, MEDEX, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy who are passionate about advancing interprofessional communication to improve patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare.
The Center for Patient Partnerships’ mission is to engender effective partnerships among people seeking health care, people providing health care, and people making policies that guide the health care system.
For more than 30 years, CRICO has been the patient safety and medical professional liability company owned by and serving the Harvard medical community. CRICO is an internationally renowned leader in evidence-based risk management, proudly serving more than 12,000 physicians (including residents and fellows), 20 hospitals, and nearly 300 health care organizations and other related entities.
The High Reliability website and the San Bernardino Group provides this educational website for executives, managers, workers, and researchers who seek a utilitarian or operational understanding of HRO, one they can begin to practice the same day they learn it. This educational venue comes from individuals with over 40 years of practice of what is now called HRO and from work with leading HRO researchers. We have taught these precepts to others who, in turn, have changed their organizations.
We aim to improve the lives of patients, the health of communities, and the joy of the health care workforce by focusing on an ambitious set of goals adapted from the Institute of Medicine’s six improvement aims for the health care system: Safety, Effectiveness, Patient-Centeredness, Timeliness, Efficiency, and Equity. We call this the “No Needless List”:
Our aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. Each year, more than 2,000 individuals, members, and nonmembers volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the work of the IOM.
Today, we find ourselves drawn to the science of economics. We’ve come to the conclusion that the outcomes we create across society are outcomes of our choosing – whether by acts of commission, or acts of omission. For most problems, it is not that we cannot find an elusive ‘cure.’ Rather, it generally comes down to the basic problem presented to the economist: how do we steward limited resources for the greater collective good? Perfection or utopia, the complete elimination of harm, is not in our future.
The Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. founded by James P. Womack in 1997, is a nonprofit education, publishing, research, and conference organization with an action plan. Compared with traditional “think” tanks, we are a “do” tank. We carefully develop hypotheses about lean thinking and experiment to see which approaches work best in the real world. We then write up and teach what we discover, providing new methods for organizational transformation.
LifeWings Partners LLC is a team of physicians, nurses, former NASA astronauts, former military flight surgeons, pilots, flight crew, former military officers, and healthcare risk managers. The team has melded together the best practices of high reliability organizations such as commercial aviation, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, and nuclear power and thoughtfully adapted those practices for use in healthcare organizations.
A panel of widely recognized patient safety experts advise The Joint Commission on the development and updating of NPSGs. This panel, called the Patient Safety Advisory Group, is composed of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, risk managers, clinical engineers and other professionals who have hands-on experience in addressing patient safety issues in a wide variety of health care settings.
HRET and partners at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Center for Research have developed several resources to help outpatient settings take steps to improving patient safety.
SafetyShare is a free, public electronic newsletter distributed by the Premier Safety Institute to more than 40,000 subscribers with timely healthcare safety-related information, news and resources. The goal of SafetyShare is to enhance and promote a safe health care environment for patients workers and the environment.
Sorry Works! makes disclosure a reality for healthcare organizations by helping people literally conceptualize disclosure. For too long, healthcare professionals have been instructed to “deny and defend” post-event, so, it is difficult and scary to conceptualize disclosure. This is where Sorry Works! makes the difference. Sorry Works! provides high quality content on disclosure and Five-Star for both acute and long-term care health professionals and their organizations as well as associated insurance and legal professionals.
In September 2002, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) launched Urgent Matters as a program to reduce emergency department crowding and assess the condition of the health care safety net through Learning Networks I and II. A decade later, Urgent Matters has become a dissemination vehicle with the goal of improving emergency care and hospital patient flow.
In support of its mission, the Network maintains a Database including information about the care and outcomes of high-risk newborn infants. The Database provides unique, reliable and confidential data to participating units for use in quality management, process improvement, internal audit and peer review.