As part of ongoing efforts to improve patient safety in Pennsylvania, the Patient Safety Authority has released a strategic plan of initiatives to be implemented during the next several years. The Authority’s Board of Directors approved the strategic plan in early May 2007. Prominent features of the strategic plan include education, training, collaboration, and communication initiatives. For example, the plan calls for increased collaboration with Pennsylvania healthcare organizations, government entities, and healthcare providers. Some initiatives coincide with elements of Gov. Rendell’s “Prescription for Pennsylvania” plan, such as increasing patient safety education, working to reduce hospital-acquired infections, and providing guidance to nursing homes.
The Authority developed its strategic plan based on input and feedback from Pennsylvania healthcare facilities, patient safety organizations, national patient safety experts, and others. The strategic plan is intended to expand upon the Authority’s primary role (i.e., collect and analyze patient safety event data through PA-PSRS and publish guidance in the Patient Safety Advisory).
A detailed look of the Authority’s strategic plan is available on the Authority's Web site.