The Utah Department of Health is committed to the goal of increasing patient safety in health care facilities. Studies cited in the Institute of Medicine report, To Err Is Human, estimate that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year as the result of medical errors, with national health care costs from preventable adverse events totaling between nine and fifteen billion dollars. Through a number of collaborative initiatives, UDOH is striving to better understand the nature and occurrence of adverse events in Utah and to implement interventions aimed at reducing the incidence of adverse events.
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Patient Safety Resources

This page provides links to other sites with valuable information on patient safety, as well as links to sites of the consortium partners for the patient safety project in which the Utah Department of Health is a participant.
AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
The Institute For Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Medwatch, The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
NAHDO (National Association of Health Data Organizations)
Institute of Medicine (IOM)

  IOM Publications:
    To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System
    Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century  

Patient Safety Consortium Partners
UHA, Utah Hospitals & Health Systems Association
University of Utah, Department of Medical Informatics
LDS Hospital, Intermountain Health Care
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Missouri Patient Care Review Foundation
University of Missouri - Columbia, School of Medicine

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Questions: contact Iona Thraen,,  801-273-6643

Last updated on May 8, 2018 1:39 PM