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In November 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a safety report, "To Err is Human", which estimates that 2.9-3.7% of US hospitalizations result in adverse events, and 44,000-98,000 hospitalized patients die annually due to medical errors. An outcome of the study was the enactment of legislation by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts providing for the establishment of the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction. The Center, which was launched in January 2004, is named for Betsy Lehman, a Boston Globe health news reporter who died in 1994 as the result of a medication error -- an overdose of chemotherapy. The Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, established in 1996, serves as the Advisory Committee to the Betsy Lehman Center.
The Betsy Lehman Center serves as a clearinghouse for the development, evaluation, and dissemination, including, but not limited to the sponsorship of training and education programs, of best practices for patient safety and medical error reduction.
- Obstetrics - Expert Panel
- Serious Reportable Events
- Long-Term Care Medication Error Reduction
- Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Expert Panel
- Medication List Developed through Partnership with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Consumer Information, Tips and Tools
- Weight Loss Surgery
- Online Resources
Patient Safety Awards
- 2010 Patient Safety Award
- 2009 Patient Safety Awards
- 2008 Patient Safety Award
- 2007 Patient Safety Awards
- 2006 Patient Safety Awards
- 2005 Patient Safety Awards
Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction
99 Chauncy Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 753-8000
This information is provided by the Betsy Lehman for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction within the Department of Public Health.