Maximizing the Use of State Adverse Event Data to Improve Patient Safety.

This report, generated by the National Academy for State Health Policy, provides practical guidance and tools for states with existing reporting systems. The expert group that came together included data collectors, analysts, and users who aimed to develop strategies for improved collection, analysis, and feedback. The authors present key findings and emphasize that the quality improvement aspect of reporting systems is critical to success. Although the authors encourage greater use of reporting systems, a need exists for states to produce better-quality reports from their data to promote patient safety interventions. Additional initiatives from the report include development of a central Web-based repository of tools and resources that they plan to make available at their Web site.