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Patient Safety Organization (PSO)

Patient safety is who we are. Join us on our journey to eradicate preventable harm.

Enable a Culture of Safety across the spectrum of care.

Designated a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2008, the ECRI and the ISMP PSO helps drive improvements in patient safety by working with organizations and stakeholders across all settings of care. Our experts work together with your clinical and safety teams using healthcare’s largest adverse event dataset, expert insights, best practices, and actionable tools to minimize preventable harm, upgrade clinical and safety protocols, and nurture a culture committed to upholding the highest standards of patient safety.

The Only

organization designated as both an Evidence Based Practice Center (EPC) and Patient Safety Organization (PSO).

2 out of 3

healthcare providers in the United States and more worldwide rely on ECRI's expertise.

7M and counting

safety events comprise our PSO dataset, the largest in the industry.

What is a “Safety Culture?”

In simplest terms, a safety culture is the combination of attitudes and behaviors toward patient safety that are conveyed when walking into a health facility. Numerous studies show a link between a positive safety culture—where safety is a shared priority—and improved patient safety within a healthcare organization. The evidence is so convincing that the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) highlights that leadership support and prioritization of a safety culture is essential to achieve change.

Patient Safety Expertise that Empowers

Our safety experts have studied events from over 1,300 healthcare providers across acute, ambulatory, and senior care to develop guidance for safety improvements.

As a leader in patient safety, ECRI and the ISMP PSO brings up-to-date information and real-time guidance based on our extensive experience and broad adverse event reporting system to assure healthcare leaders across the continuum of care that they’re making the best decisions.

Why We're Unique

  • We tailor our support to match your needs, pairing each organization with a Patient Safety expert (most of whom are clinicians or patient safety managers with decades of real-world experience) to provide dedicated service and assistance.
  • We maintain one of the largest patient safety reporting and learning systems — collecting and analyzing millions of patient safety events across 90% of the United States.
  • Membership provides access to over 500 subject matter experts who stay on the cutting edge of the latest evidence and tools to help organizations like yours build the most effective patient safety strategies.
  • As one the largest PSOs in the country, we provide opportunities to share and learn with a diverse collection of organizations across the continuum of care.

How We Help

Our comprehensive collection of safety tools, educational resources, collaborative opportunities, and data-driven insights help providers to improve outcomes. By collecting, analyzing, sharing and learning from adverse events, near misses and unsafe conditions, we're getting one step closer to eradicating preventable harm.

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