Less than six months into its work, the Massachusetts Healthcare Safety and Quality Consortium has grown to more than 35 organizations and has started to coalesce around the key aspects of patient safety that are ripe for transformation in Massachusetts.
Representing the voice of patients, health plans, state agencies, licensing boards, hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes, clinicians and numerous other stakeholders in the health care system, the Consortium is deliberating on a series of goals aimed at aligning priorities, incentives and efforts to dramatically reduce the number of preventable medical errors in the state.
Both here and nationally, the most visible efforts to improve patient safety have been focused on hospitals. Intentionally, the Consortium has a broad membership that includes representatives from long-term care, community health centers, and more. This expansion in scope is especially critical since more and more patients receive their care in outpatient settings.
The Consortium’s first task is to build a strategic framework or “roadmap” that sets goals and objectives for four cross-cutting and interdependent "pillars" of safety:
- Culture, leadership and governance
- Support for patients, clinicians and staff
- Learning health systems
- Transparency and measurement