It’s time for a National Patient Safety Board (NPSB), to monitor and anticipate adverse events in health care.

The NPSB, a proposed independent federal agency modeled in part after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), would conduct centralized studies into medical mishaps and systemic breakdowns to prevent future catastrophes.

Using de-identified data from electronic health records, artificial intelligence, and reporting from other agencies, the NPSB would identify cause-and-effect relationships and issue timely recommendations to improve patient safety.

Like the NTSB, the NPSB’s recommendations would be bipartisan and nonpunitive … and will save lives.