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– NEW YORK –
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Medical Errors and Patient Safety

Funding of Event Reporting Program

The state of New York, which established the New York Patient Occurrence Reporting and Tracking System (NYPORTS) reporting system in 1998, reports that their Web-based system is run using existing staff, required an initial investment of $160,000, and needs $20,000 in maintenance per year (per Fred Heigel, AHRQ conference call series on medical error, May 24, 2000). This represents an unusual example of a state able to implement a major initiative in an extremely cost-effective way.

In consideration of much higher costs in other less populace states for the entire patient safety projects (e.g., $2.5M first-year investment and $2.5 Million/year maintenance as in Pennsylvania, 50% of ~$1.5 Million annual budget for Maryland's Patient Safety Center (MPSC), and $500,000/year like Oregon), one must assume that these costs address only software-based issues and do incorporate computer time spent in doing analysis and developing reports.

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