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Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety was established in 2000 by current strategic partners, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Medical Association and Minnesota Hospital Association, as a response to the 1999 Institute of Medicine Report, "To Err is Human." [report brief]

In an effort to achieve "Safe Care Everywhere" MAPS engaged a broad-based stakeholder coalition including providers, associations, regulators, purchasers, consumers, academia, and insurers.  Between 2000 and 2010, MAPS addressed safety concerns through multiple avenues and strategies; MAPS transformed the Informed Consent form to be more consumer-friendly and available in many languages.  In 2001, MAPS met with legislators to advocate for changes in the Minnesota Peer Review Statute, which paved the way for the groundbreaking and first of its kind Minnesota Adverse Health Care Event Reporting Act.  Medication Safety was another important focus for MAPS - in 2006, MAPS developed the My Medicine List, an easy-to-use medication reconciliation form for consumers.  MAPS also led the industry in key patient safety topics, such as pressure ulcers, retained foreign objects, consumer literacy, safe surgery verification, falls prevention, infection reporting and rapid response efforts

Finally, MAPS realized that for the important system-wide improvement efforts to be sustainable, a complementary culture of safety would need to be developed.  MAPS realized that the galvanizing force behind the success of all patient safety efforts is the simultaneous cultivation of a supporting cultural infrastructure.  Accordingly, MAPS led the way in developing the framework for a "just" culture, whereby health care workers are both held accountable for errors, but also encouraged to report errors without fear of retribution.  MAPS has since worked with many providers and facilities to implement this important work and in 2006 received the John M Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation.  MAPS built upon this work with the creation of the Culture Road Map, a compendium of best practices that makes it possible for all organizations to access the tools that lead to a culture of safety.

In an effort to both continue its first decade efforts and also expand these efforts to all care settings, MAPS became an incorporated organization with a Board of Directors, five Strategic Partners and dedicated staff in 2012.  In its second decade MAPS will refine previous efforts and embark on new initiatives to achieve "Safe Care Everywhere."