ORHQN: Information for Consumers and Patients


When you need health care, it’s very important to look for information to help you make smart decisions. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to make sense of the many sources of information that are out there. This section of the website contains state and national links to information designed to help patients and their families make those important choices, and to learn more about patient safety.

As part of its mission to optimize healthcare quality and safety in every rural community, the Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network is a leader in promoting patient safety and the prevention of adverse health events. Also, ORHQN believes that the key to improving healthcare lies in focusing on what matters to patients and the public.

Please continue to check back to this resource link for updates on ORHQN-sponsored quality improvement initiatives and new resource additions.

Patient Safety Links

Visit these sites to learn more about what is happening in Oregon and nationally to improve patient safety and healthcare quality.

Oregon Patient Safety Commission

An organization dedicated to improving patient safety by reducing the risk of serious adverse events occurring in Oregon's health care system and by encouraging a culture of patient safety. Their “North Star" Goal is for Oregon to have the safest healthcare system in the country!

Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation

Among its many projects, see especially Partner for Quality Care: Information for a Healthy Oregon, three consumer-tested, printer friendly documents about quality health care:

  • ‘Quality’ health care: what is it and how can you get it?
  • How can you find trustworthy information on the web?
  • Making the most of your medical appointments.

Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems – Quality & Education

Resources and list of quality indicators for all reporting Oregon hospitals.

My Medicine List

Download a form to track your medicines. Carry your list with you in your wallet or purse.

Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare: A Consensus Report

Executive Summary of the National Quality Forum (NFQ) “Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare” and information on ordering the report. For more information, see National Quality Forum (NQF) publications.

To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System - Institute of Medicine (IOM)

A copy of the original IOM report To Err is Human.

National Patient Safety Foundation

Resources for patients and family members, including links to organizations that provide education about patient safety and/or assist victims of medical errors.