Two advocacy organizations are offering patients and families the chance to report medical errors in an effort to paint a broad picture of patient safety.
The Empowered Patient Coalition and the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project have teamed up to offer an online survey designed to capture information about medical errors from the patient perspective. Patients can fill out the confidential, nonscientific survey, and the organizations hope to use the information in their efforts to create awareness of errors and identify sources of medical harm for the future.
Patient engagement is a big topic in the ongoing rollout of health information technology. Including patients in health care decisions is a key element of meaningful use requirements being established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It’s also been an issue for policymakers seeking ways to include patient-generated medical information in electronic health records.
The organizations see their survey as playing a role in fostering patient engagement. “This survey is designed to answer questions that are important to patients,” the coalition wrote on its website. “We want the public to know that they can and must be the cornerstone to improving health care quality and safety and that their experiences are being counted.”