The Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice (the Center) creates new knowledge and evaluates interventions, systems, education and public policy designed to reduce medical errors and improve the safety of patients in all healthcare settings. The Center’s underlying objective is to improve the overall quality of healthcare domestically and internationally through scientifically proven systems, methods and practices at all points of contact where patients receive their care – in the hospital, in the doctor’s office, at the pharmacy and in their homes. Led by David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc., the Center is multi-disciplinary, bringing together physicians, nurses, pharmacists, human factors experts, medical device innovators and information systems scientists, among other disciplines, to advance the science of safety.
The Center, one of the premier global patient safety knowledge repositories in the world, carries out its mission by conducting pioneering and transformative research and disseminating these findings internationally. Evidence gleaned from this research informs policy and helps create national and international standards towards the delivery of safe, quality care.
Dr. Bates is an internationally renowned expert in patient safety, using information technology to improve care, quality-of-care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice. In addition to directing the Center, Dr. Bates is the Chief Quality Officer for Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety and is the president-elect of the International Society for Quality in Heathcare (ISQua).