Education & Resources and Links to Health Organizations

These are organizations at the fore front in pioneering the way to safer health care for all. Third party resources are placed to be accessed for information and educational purposes only.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

http://www.cdc.gov.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, the foremost organization in the United States concerning patient safety and human services. The website includes health and safety topics, publications and products, and data and statistics.

Healthfinder.gov

http://www.healthfinder.gov.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, the foremost organization in the United States concerning patient safety and human services. The website includes health and safety topics, publications and products, and data and statistics.

Medicare

http://www.medicare.gov.The website for Medicare offers numerous resources, including billing, publications, and Medicaid enrollment and appeals. The website also provides a participating physician directory and information on prescription drugs.

National Center For Patient Safety (NCPS)

http://www.patientsafety.va.gov.Established in 1999, the National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) strives to create safety within and throughout the Veterans Health Administration. The NCPS website includes a patient-specific section, along with a newsroom, publications, and resource areas.

Partnership for Patients

http://partnershipforpatients.cms.gov.The Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, a new public-private partnership, was launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care. The Partnership for Patients brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates, along with state and federal governments, in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly. Although the aim is to reduce all causes of harm in the health care system, two top goals are to keep patients from getting injured or sicker and to help patients heal without complication.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

http://health.nih.gov.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is a Federal agency that supports and aids medical research. The website offers browsable health categories and links to various health topics.

Citizens for Health

http://www.citizens.org.Citizens for Health is a national, non-profit consumer advocacy group that focuses on making healthy choices concerning diet, drugs, medicinal herbs, and wellness as a whole. There are many helpful news articles, a resource center, and a consumer center.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

http://www.ihi.org/ihi.The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, MA. Its focus is to improve world-wide health care. The website features programs, topics, community, workspace, results, and product areas.

National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)

http://www.talkaboutrx.org.The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) is a non-profit coalition striving to stimulate and improve the communication of information on the appropriate use of medicines to consumers and health care professionals. NCPIE develops programs, provides educational resources, and offers services to advance the shared mission of its members.

Partnership for Patient Safety (P4PS)

http://www.p4ps.org.The Partnership for Patient Safety (P4PS) is a patient-centered initiative to advance the reliability of healthcare systems worldwide. P4PS initiates focused partnerships and joint ventures with organizations and individuals that share the core values and objectives of achieving a health care system that is authentically patient-centered and systems based.

Patient Safety Institute

http://www.ptsafety.org.The Patient Safety Institute is non-profit organization led by consumer, hospital, and physician advocates. It works to allow health care providers access to Personal Healthcare Records (PHRs)with permission. The website offers news, resources, and various articles.

Partnership for Patient Safety (P4PS)

http://www.p4ps.org.The Partnership for Patient Safety (P4PS) is a patient-centered initiative to advance the reliability of healthcare systems worldwide. P4PS initiates focused partnerships and joint ventures with organizations and individuals that share the core values and objectives of achieving a health care system that is authentically patient-centered and systems based.

The Joint Commission

http://www.jointcommission.org/general_public.aspx.The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Their mission is to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. Patients and consumers can find valuable information in the form of guides, videos, and literature on their page for the general public.

American Medical Association (AMA)

http://www.ama-assn.org.The American Medical Association (AMA) strives to help physicians with professional resources, an agenda, and a newsroom. The patient section of their website includes a Doctor Finder, a database of more than 690,000 physicians in the United States. The Doctor Finder section includes frequently asked questions, search hints, and member benefits and services information.

BeMedWise

http://www.bemedwise.org.BeMedWise is a public education initiative of the National Council on Patient Information and Education. Be MedWise seeks to promote a better understanding that over-the-counter (OTC) drug products are serious medicines and must be taken with care. Their website includes educational resources that aim to help patients manage and understand their medications.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)

http://www.ismp.org.The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is devoted to medication error prevention and safe medication use. There is also an area of their website where errors can be reported. The website offers information on medication education and awareness, medication safety tools and resources, products, and industry news and events. ISMP manages ConsumerMedSafety.org, a website that provides medication safety information, tools, and resources.

US Pharmacopoeia (USP)

http://www.usp.org/hqi.US Pharmacopoeia (USP) is an non-profit organization that collaborates with global industries, governments, academic institutions, health care practitioners, and consumer groups to set scientifically developed standards that ensure over–the–counter and prescription medicines are of high quality, pure, consistent, and of the appropriate and expected strength. USP offers definitions of medical and drug terminology, articles on medication errors in various settings, medication safety initiatives, and the impact of practitioner experience on official drug standards.

Citizens for Patient Safety (CPS)

http://citizensforpatientsafety.org.Citizens for Patient Safety (CPS) is a global grassroots organization. The agency builds alliances between and within diverse communities by building bridges between consumers, the medical community, insurance agencies, and legal groups to improve the health care system and the quality of care that patients receive.

FamilyDoctor.org

http://www.FamilyDoctor.org.FamilyDoctor.org is an educational resource for patients that offers a glossary of conditions, a symptom search catalog, and resources on topics including healthy living, patient safety, and medications.

Institute for Family-Centered Care

http://www.familycenteredcare.org.The Institute for Family-Centered Care is a non-profit organization that supports the development of patient and family-centered care. The Institute offers aid in creating patient and family advisory councils as well as educating patients, families, students, and trainees on medical topics.

My Old Meds

http://myoldmeds.com.This organization works to promote safe storage and disposal of unwanted or expired medications.

Health Care For All's Consumer Health Quality Council

http://www.hcfama.org.The Consumer Health Quality Council is a coalition of Health Care For All, a Massachusetts consumer health advocacy organization. The Consumer Council empowers those impacted by health care quality issues to have a voice in our health care system, to engage fellow consumers to be active partners in their health care, and to advocate for high quality, safe, and accessible health care for all Massachusetts residents. Consumer Council members work on a variety of educational and advocacy initiatives and convene monthly to discuss health care quality issues.

HealthGrades

http://www.healthgrades.com.HealthGrades provides rated profiles for hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, consumers, corporations, and health plans. The website features two distinct search engines for hospitals and physicians.

National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)

http://www.hcfama.org.The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is an organization for health care professionals. Their website provides information on the Journal of Healthcare Quality as well as affiliated organizations and publications.

Hurricane Preparedness tips on the web

  • Governor's Division of Emergency Management Website
  • Special Healthcare needs: Call 2-1-1
  • www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem
  • www.Ready.gov
  • www.redcross.org

Alzheimer's Association

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

American Health Care Association

American Heart Association

Caregiving: Insights, Information, Inspirations

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Everyday Health: Online Health Information

National Council on Disability

Senior Veteran's Service Alliance

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

MetroLift

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