Patient Safety

The MMA has been a leader in efforts to improve patient safety through supporting the work of the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) and other community initiatives that reduce medical errors and promote patient safety.

Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety The Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) is a partnership among the Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Department of Health and more than 50 other public-private health care organizations working together to improve patient safety.

Minnesota Adverse Health Care Events Reporting System Minnesota Adverse Health Care Events Reporting System is a system for collecting and reporting on serious, preventable events. MDH was given the authority to provide health care consumers this information by the Adverse Health Events Reporting Law passed in 2003 and modified in 2004. The law currently requires disclosure of 28 events and MDH reports them to the public annually.

Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively (RARE) is a collaborative community effort in Minnesota to prevent avoidable hospital readmissions. This campaign developed tools, insights, and teamwork to improve transitions.

Stratis Health Stratis Health, Minnesota’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, is a nonprofit organization that leads efforts to address health care quality and safety in Minnesota. Stratis’s efforts include assessing and improving safety culture in hospitals and nursing homes, integrating patient safety-related technology, training and supporting root cause analysis, and fostering clinical safety improvement.

Other Patient Safety Resources

AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) AHRQ Patient Safety Network is a website resource on news, tools, and research on patient safety. Through robust searching and browsing capabilities, users can query a broad range of disciplines and sources. In addition users can customize the site to their interests.

Institute for Health care Improvement (IHI) The Institute for Health care Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization helping to improve health care quality and safety in the United States. Hundreds of provider organizations have used IHI’s ideas and techniques to improve patient care.

National Center for Patient Safety The National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) was established in 1999 to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) patient safety efforts. Resources include reports and information about how the VA has tackled various safety issues and errors.

National Patient Safety Foundation The National Patient Safety Foundation is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors. Its Web site offers learning modules on patient safety topics for which physicians can earn CME credit and a searchable bibliography of more than 5,500 patient safety articles, and other materials.

For more information, contact Janet Silversmith at 612-362-3763.