Our initiatives bring people together to find solutions

Teamwork is critical in health care — and in patient safety. We bring together health care providers, patients and experts to develop solutions and drive change. Our partners share a vision of creating a culture of safety in every health care organization in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Healthcare Safety and Quality Consortium

The Consortium convenes health care organizations, patients, payers, policymakers and others to develop and oversee a strategy and action plan for achieving major gains in the safety and quality of care delivered in all care settings throughout the Commonwealth.

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Safety in Emergency Medicine

Prompted by emergency medicine leaders, we convened a multi-stakeholder Expert Panel, including partners from the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians, the Massachusetts Emergency Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants, to develop evidence-based interventions for improving safety in this challenging environment. Read the Panel's 2019 report and recommendations.

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Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium

Every two minutes someone dies from sepsis in the U.S. — that’s more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis is a medical emergency in the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium brings together leading experts and advocates from across the state to raise awareness and save lives.

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Cataract Safety

Cataract removal is one of the most common and safest surgical procedures. Yet, Massachusetts saw an uptick in preventable errors, with some resulting in blindness to patients. We convened an expert panel of ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists, and consumers to look at the underlying causes and develop best practices for statewide implementation.

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Clinician and Staff Peer Support

While many providers are working to reduce patient harm and improve the quality of care they deliver, few institutions have programs in place to support clinicians and staff in the aftermath of an adverse event. We are working with hospitals and health systems to establish peer support programs across the state.

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Patient and Family Peer Support Network

Medical error and unexpected outcomes affect tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents each year, but there are few services in place to support patients or their loved ones in the aftermath of an adverse event. We are forming a Patient and Family Peer Support Network to fill that void.

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Diagnostic Error

Most people will receive an incorrect or late diagnosis at least once in their lives, sometimes with serious consequences. Yet diagnostic error hasn’t been well studied. The Primary-Care Research in Diagnosis Errors (PRIDE) Learning Network is a local and national effort to better understand misdiagnosis cases and boost diagnostic accuracy in primary care.

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Risky Business

Risky Business is a unique conference with a simple premise: Learn from thought leaders in high risk industries to improve health care safety and quality.

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