Data-sharing systems—where healthcare providers jointly implement a common reporting system to promote voluntary reporting, information sharing, and learning—are emerging as an important regional, statelevel, and national strategy for improving patient safety. Currently, over 24 states have mandated some form of incident reporting. Also, there has been a steady increase in the number of regional coalitions of providers, payers, and employers working to improve patient safety. More recently, the President signed into law the Healthcare Information Exchange Act, which envisages such data sharing at a national level. The objective of this presentation is to review the evidence regarding the effectiveness of these data-sharing systems and to report on the results of an analysis of data from one program.
data-sharing systems, common reporting system, healthcare, improving patient safety
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