AHRQ unveils new database of patient safety events reported by PSOs

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released its new Network of Patient Safety Databases, according to AHRQ's "News Now" newsletter released June 25.


The NPSD is the first public, online resource listing nonidentifiable information on patient safety events gathered by AHRQ-approved Patient Safety Organizations. NPSD data will be used to create dashboards and a chartbook designed to educate providers and others about patient safety events. These resources will include information on incident distribution, near misses, unsafe conditions and ways to reduce patient safety risk and harm across health systems.

Congress mandated the creation of the NPSD under the 2005 Patient Safety and Improvement Act. NPSD operations require that the AHRQ develop a report for Congress on strategies that help reduce medical errors and improve patient safety.

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