AHRQs New Network of Patient Safety Databases

PUBLISHED: Jul 5, 2019
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new Network of Patient Safety Databases (NPSD), the first publicly available online resource that captures nonidentifiable information on patient safety events collected by AHRQ-listed Patient Safety Organizations.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was directed in the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) of 2005 to create and maintain a NPSD to provide an interactive, evidence-based management resource for health care providers, Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) listed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and others. AHRQ, the lead agency for patient safety, is authorized to implement the NPSD

Data contained in the congressionally mandated NPSD will be used to produce dashboards and a chartbook for providers and others to learn about patient safety events, including the distribution of incidents, near misses and unsafe conditions, and how to reduce patient safety risks and harms across healthcare settings nationally.

Analyses of patient safety events from the NPSD data also will be available to the public through AHRQ’s annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. The operation of the NPSD requires that AHRQ also develop a report to Congress on effective strategies for reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety.

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