Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction

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Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction

501 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Fax:  617-889-7857

Who we are:

The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction is an independent state agency with a broad mandate to make health care safer in Massachusetts. We are named for Betsy Lehman, a Boston Globe health care reporter and mother. She died at the age of 39 in 1994 as the result of a medical error.

What we do:

We collaborate with health care providers, government agencies, patient advocates, and the public to reduce medical harm across the Commonwealth through research, improved channels of communication, data analysis, and education.

Why patient safety matters:

In the U.S., as many as 400,000 deaths each year are associated with preventable medical mistakes that took place in a hospital. In Massachusetts, our research shows that nearly 1 in 4 Massachusetts residents experienced a medical error in their care or the care of someone close to them in the last five years.

- Learn more about Betsy Lehman Center and our mission to improve the safety of your medical care.


Opinion piece in The Boston Globe

Patient safety must be part of Mass. health care agenda
 - Barbara Fain, Executive Director, Betsy Lehman Center, Boston Globe, Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Massachusetts has established an ambitious agenda to contain cost and improve the quality of health care across the state through transparency, efficiency and innovation. But what is the value of a more efficient health care delivery system if patients are at significant risk of being harmed by mistakes made in their health care? Read more