Jeffrey C. Lerner, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of ECRI Institute
Jeffrey C. Lerner, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of ECRI Institute, has been selected as one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety for 2017.” The annual award recognizes 50 leaders who are champions for improving patient safety.
“While I’m honored to be named, the award is far more for our organization and our dedicated staff who are committed to improving the safety of health care,” states Lerner. “Patient safety is at the heart of our mission and we work hard to improve it worldwide.”
Founded nearly 50 years ago, ECRI Institute is an independent nonprofit organization that focuses on the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care. It is a pioneer in patient safety. Recent milestones include the development of national patient safety reporting programs.
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services named ECRI Institute one of the first federally designated Patient Safety Organizations (PSO). Since then, ECRI Institute PSO has collected and analyzed more than 1.5 million patient safety reports and collaborated on safe practices. By disseminating their shared learnings from analysis of these events, ECRI Institute PSO has achieved extraordinary contributions towards making care safer.
Also as a free public service, ECRI Institute organizes an annual conference on the use of evidence in policy and practice. This year’s 24th annual conference takes place November 28 and 29, 2017, in Washington, D.C., at Georgetown University. Government agencies and nonprofit organizations who share ECRI Institute’s drive for evidence-informed action co-plan and co-sponsor the program each year.
ECRI Institute freely disseminates a significant amount of patient safety research through special reports and e-newsletters. These resources can be accessed in in its Patient Safety Center.
Becker’s Hospital Review’s top 50 patient safety leaders list features clinicians, advocates and legislators whose work helps to eliminate medical errors and improve safety in the industry. It has been published since 2013. Honorees are chosen from a combination of nominations, editorial research and discretion.
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