Adverse Health Events Reports and Fact Sheets
MDH publications and reports on patient safety and adverse events.
Notice: Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, many state employees have been redeployed to assist with pandemic response. This has impacted our ability to release certain legislatively-mandated reports, including the annual Adverse Health Events (AHE) report. Prior to COVID-19, MDH had spent over a year gathering input on how to advance the system to better support safe patient care in a rapidly evolving, complex health care environment. Through extensive outreach, the project’s steering team had identified some high-level themes and recommendations that will help to guide our work to evolve the system. A discussion of that work, and the resulting recommendations, is a strong focus of this report. However, with COVID-19 continuing to strain our health care delivery system, individuals, and communities, it is likely that the new landscape of health care will look different, in significant ways, than it did prior to the pandemic. MDH is committed to re-convening our partners post-pandemic to assess how these recommendations for evolution apply in this new environment, and whether they need to be modified.
The 2021 annual Adverse Health Events report will also not be released in the same manner as in the past. For the 2021 annual report, the data will be released with little or no accompanying narrative. Throughout 2020, MDH has continued to contract with the Minnesota Hospital Association and Stratis Health to manage the patient safety registry, analyze data and trends in adverse health events, and review submitted events to ensure reporting, root cause analysis, and follow-up requirements are being met. There has been no lapse in the reporting requirements for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers.