Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety PSO Selects ECRI Institute PSO to Analyze Adverse Events, Improve Culture of Safety throughout Illinois

Aug 16, 2013, 09:30 ET from ECRI Institute

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Aug. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) announces that it has been selected to provide patient safety services to the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety PSO, a joint initiative of the Illinois Hospital Association and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council. These 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 Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety PSO.

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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.

"The member hospital and health systems of the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety are strongly committed to creating a culture of patient safety throughout Illinois," says Maryjane A. Wurth, IHA president and Midwest Alliance board chair. "This new partnership with ECRI Institute will make our statewide patient safety organization even stronger through the expert collection and analysis of patient safety data."

"The Alliance is giving hospitals the tools they need to ensure that they are providing the safest, highest-level of care to their communities," says Trish Anen, vice president, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council. "With ECRI's extensive experience in patient safety, we are bringing our members the best resources available in the country to improve care quality for our patients here in Illinois and to support national health care reform goals."

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 provides incident report collection and analysis. 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.

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.

About Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety PSO

Created in early 2010 as a joint initiative of the Illinois Hospital Association and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety PSO is committed to creating a culture of safety throughout Illinois. Thus far, The Alliance has collected limited PSWP, analyzed the data and worked to improve care practices through its innovative Safe Tables.

About ECRI Institute

For over 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 health care 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).