Patient Safety Organization (PSO) Program

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) were created by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act to improve the quality and safety of health care by encouraging clinicians and health care organizations to voluntarily report patient safety events without fear of legal discovery. PSOs offer a secure environment to identify and reduce the risks associated with patient care. As independent, external experts, PSOs collect, analyze and aggregate patient safety data locally, regionally and nationally to develop insights into the underlying causes of patient safety events.