Ifocus.275The National Patient Safety Foundation and the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety will partner to offer a special educational program, prior to the 16th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress in May, aimed at showing healthcare professionals exactly how working with a Patient Safety Organization can help them accomplish their patient safety goals. The presentation will explore ways that PSOs can assist in perpetuating a learning system or a high reliability organization in a culture of safety and will also incorporate the sharing of best practices.

The United States Congress authorized the creation of PSOs, as an avenue through which healthcare organizations could voluntarily report and share data on adverse events without fear of legal discovery, when it passed the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. Today,  more than 70 PSOs, authorized by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, are assisting hospitals in collecting, aggregating and analyzing patient safety event data for the purpose of identifying patterns of failure and eliminating risk and harm to patients. Each PSO serves as a safe harbor for its clients by providing legal privilege and confidentiality protection of any information shared, assembled and reported for the conduct of patient safety activities.

The half-day program, Using Patient Safety Organizations to Improve Quality, Safety, and Efficiency in Health Care, is one of several pre-conference sessions being offered on May 14. Participants may register for this program only or for the full NPSF Patient Safety Congress set for May 14-16 in Orlando.

To learn more and to register for this program or for the full NPSF Patient Safety Congress, click here.