The Betsy Lehman Center is a Massachusetts state agency that uses communications and research to catalyze the efforts of providers, policymakers, and the public working toward safer health care across the state. The Center is named for the Boston Globe health reporter and young mother who died in 1994 from an overdose of chemotherapy during treatment for breast cancer.
We are a non-regulatory state agency with a legislative mandate to:
Help state health care agencies and providers work as part of a total system of patient safety and meet their responsibilities to keep patients safe;
Develop new ways for consumers to be included in a statewide program for improving patient safety;
Analyze data and research to support patient safety initiatives;
Administer an education and research program to increase awareness about medical error and error prevention strategies for health care professionals, facilities, agencies, and the general public; and
Share information about evidence-based practices to enhance patient safety.
The Betsy Lehman Center was launched in 2004 within the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services and reestablished in 2012 as an independent entity within the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA).