The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority estimated the value of data aggregation, analysis, dissemination, and statewide collaborative learning to reduce healthcare-associated patient harm in the state. Improvements in patient safety have occurred with concentrated efforts directed at discrete issues. Measuring and appropriately attributing these improvements has been difficult. A select set of patient safety measures was chosen to demonstrate the results of the combined efforts of Pennsylvania healthcare facilities, statewide quality improvement entities, and the Authority. Using data submitted to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System and the National Healthcare Safety Network, the Authority computed event trends and used evidence-based mortality and economic estimates to calculate theoretical lives and dollars saved over reporting periods of 11 to 12 years. The Authority estimates that through 2015 more than 2,600 lives and more than $147 million dollars were saved. Using a standardized methodology, the value of safety improvements can be estimated to stimulate a conversation about the program's effectiveness. Fostering an environment that encourages and supports effective patient safety programs is inherent to the Authority's mission.
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