The NJHA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety was certified as a "Patient Safety Organization" (PSO) by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in early 2010. PSOs partner with healthcare providers to improve healthcare quality through data collection and analysis.
The Federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, which authorized the certification of PSOs, also affords confidentiality and privilege protections for healthcare providers that share quality data with a PSO – creating a culture of sharing, collaboration and analysis that promotes safer healthcare for all.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
"The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act) authorized the creation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) to improve the quality and safety of U.S. health care delivery. The Patient Safety Act encourages clinicians and health care organizations to voluntarily report and share quality and patient safety information without fear of legal discovery."