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 National Patient Safety Awareness Week

ALBANY – In recognition of National Patient Safety Awareness Week March 2-8, State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah is encouraging healthcare providers throughout the state to work together to improve the quality of patient care.

Led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), National Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety. The theme for this year's week is Navigate Your Health…Safely. According to NPSF, experts estimate that up to one in every 10 diagnoses is wrong, delayed, or missed completely, and collectively, diagnostic errors may account for 40,000-80,000 deaths per year in the US.

"Patient Safety Awareness Week provides a valuable opportunity to remind providers, patients, and their families about the vital role teamwork and open discussion play in improving the health care delivery system," Shah said. "The State Health Department will continue to identify and implement effective, innovative solutions to prevent patient harm and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, readmissions, and hospital-acquired infections. These efforts help ensure all New Yorkers have access to safe, high-quality care."

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) provides an array of resources and is advancing innovative technology-based solutions to help New Yorkers effectively navigate the health care system and access quality care. The Department's open health data website, Health Data NY ( is a recognized national model in making health information and data transparent to consumers and health care providers. Health Data NY is also a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Open NY initiative (, a comprehensive and transparent website that connects government on all levels with the people it serves.

New York's Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), an advanced statewide health information exchange, is also recognized nationally. Through Regional Health Information Organizations links across the state, SHIN-NY will enable a network of participating hospitals, physician practices, long term care providers, and insurers to access and exchange timely clinical data within a secure system that protects patient confidentiality.