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Designation gives University of Buffalo (USA) role in improving patient safety, reducing medical errors

08 April 2010

The Medication Management Research Network (MMRN) at UB’s [University of Buffalo]New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences has a new role in helping to improve patient safety in Western New York as a result of its recent designation by the federal government as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO).

The MMRN at UB received the designation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; it’s the first academic institution in New York State to receive the designation and only the second Patient Safety Organization named in the state.The announcement comes about a year after the MMRN was established by the UB Center of Excellence and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences with the goal of establishing a statewide infrastructure for conducting research in medication management.

As a Patient Safety Organization, MMRN now has the ability not just to conduct valuable research on how specific health care decisions impact patient outcomes and health care costs, but it enables us to report back to health care providers on patterns we discover through data analysis,” explains Gene D. Morse, principal investigator on the MMRN, professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate director of the UB Center of Excellence. “It allows us to identify issues quickly, develop improved early-warning systems that communicate ways to reduce risk and improve quality, and to set up mechanisms through which we will report back to the clinical sites so that they can then take steps to efficiently avoid potentially dangerous and costly medication errors.”

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