Federal Health Resources
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a federal agency that conducts research and produces evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable.The AHRQ website includes: clinical information, such as effective healthcare, preventive services, and clinical practice guidelines; funding opportunities; research findings; specific population information; public health preparedness; consumer and patient information; data and surveys; quality and patient safety information; and tools for quality measurement and improvement, such as the AHRQ Quality Indicators.
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 is a government website where patients and consumers can find information and tools for healthy living and healthcare safety. Healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring you “the best, the latest, and the most reliable health information on the Internet”. It has strict quality guidelines and therefore does not accept advertisements or endorse products. Instead, it offers only information and resources that has been both reviewed and selected. It offers an encyclopedia of terms, personal health tools, the latest in heath news and a section in which patients can find services such as healthcare providers, health centers, home healthcare, and public libraries. Also available is a searchable health organization directory (either by name or health topic).
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.
Medwatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program, is available to both healthcare professionals and the public. It offers clinical information and discusses safety problems, such as drugs, medical devices, and biological products.
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.
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.
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 healthcare. 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 healthcare system, two top goals are to keep patients from getting injured or sicker and to help patients heal without complication.