Led by Jason Adelman, MD, MS, the Patient Safety Research Program is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, working across multiple departments including Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Nursing, Quality, Information Technology, and Biomedical Informatics. The mission of the Patient Safety Research Program is to develop and test innovative strategies for improving patient safety using rigorous research methods. Through leveraging health information technology, the Patient Safety Research Program conducts federally funded as well as hospital-supported research projects to test solutions that are replicable, scalable, and make a real difference in improving patient safety. Dr. Adelman developed and validated the Wrong-Patient Retract-and-Reorder Measure to quantify wrong-patient errors, the first Health IT safety measure endorsed by the National Quality Forum. Results of research using the measure to evaluate patient safety interventions have informed national regulations and recommendations issued by the Joint Commission and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Patient Safety Research Program also seeks to disseminate the knowledge developed by our research. The Patient Safety Research Program coordinates the Patient Safety Research Fellowship in Hospital Medicine, a 2-year training program for Medicine and Pediatric Hospitalists designed to train clinician-researchers in innovative, interdisciplinary, and systems-based approaches for improving the safety, quality, and effectiveness of care.


To discover, implement, and evaluate strategies that prevent medical errors and improve safety for all patients.


The Patient Safety Research Program focuses primarily on three broad goals:

1. To develop and test innovative, replicable, and scalable methods for identifying and preventing medical errors.

2. To use health information technology to improve patient safety.

3. To provide research training opportunities for fellows, house staff, and medical students through a comprehensive program of patient safety didactics, hospital safety operations, and collaboration on patient safety research projects.