New Event-Specific Common Formats Available
HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed Common Formats – Hospital Version 1.2 which incorporates the event-specific formats entitled Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Device or Medical/Surgical Supply including Health Information Technology (HIT) Device. Common Formats – Hospital Version 1.2 also includes minor changes to existing modules and technical specifications.
The Common Formats, which are authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), establish a standard language, definitions, technical requirements, and reporting specifications that patient safety, quality, and risk managers, clinicians, and others can use to collect patient safety event information. Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) use Common Formats to ensure consistency in reporting patient safety event information and allow aggregation and analysis of comparable, interoperable data at provider, PSO, and national levels.