The term Common Formats is used to describe the technical requirements pertaining to collection and reporting of patient safety data, including all supporting material.
Common Formats delineate definitional and reporting specifications that allow healthcare providers to collect and submit standardized information regarding patient safety events. The Common Formats are not an attempt to replace any current mandatory reporting system, collaborative/voluntary reporting system, research-related reporting system, or other reporting/recording system.The scope of Common Formats will apply to all patient safety concerns including:
AHRQ has released Version 1.1 of the Common Formats with a defined focus on patient safety reporting for acute care hospitals. Future versions of the Common Formats will include other settings such as: skilled nursing facilities; ambulatory surgery centers; other ambulatory care settings, including physician and practitioner offices; and retail establishments such as pharmacies.