Mount Sinai Recognized by New York State for Patient Safety Initiative

Article ID: 510434

Released: 14-Mar-2005 12:30 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Mount Sinai Health System

Newswise — The Mount Sinai Medical Center has received a certificate of recognition from the New York State Commissioner of Health for its efforts in the advancement of patient safety.

The hospital was cited for its innovative Medication Safety Reporting System, a computer application developed at Mount Sinai to prevent the administration of inappropriate medications or doses. Initiated in 2002 and enhanced in 2003 and 2004, the system extends the general safeguards incorporated in widely-used computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems to take into account the condition of individual patients at the time of each medication order.

"Our goal was to design and implement a new approach that would reduce the frequency and harm of medication errors by gathering patient-specific data to facilitate a continuous process of educational feedback," said Mark Chassin, MD, MPP, MPH, Executive Vice President for Excellence in Patient Care. "So as we strive for excellence, we also surround people with systems that anticipate and compensate for errors before they can do harm."

Mount Sinai's commitment to patient safety was recognized by Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, MD, MPH, DrPH at a meeting of the State Public Health Council in New York City on March 11th.


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