Patient Safety Organization

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2015 was developed and enacted in response to the Institute of Medicine report, “To Err is Human”, which generated national concern with the number of preventable medical errors that where occurring.  By providing privilege and confidentiality protections to hospitals working with Patient Safety Organizations (PSO), the act was intended to promote shared learning to enhance quality and safety nationally.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is responsible for the regulation of PSOs.


RCHE approached AHRQ with the idea of becoming a PSO using the Infusion Pump Informatics (IPI) evidence-based community of practice as a source for knowledge and best practices to improve the quality and safety of infusion pump administration.  The Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University Patient Safety Organization (RCHE Purdue PSO) was officially listed as a PSO on February 19, 2015.  RCHE Purdue PSO will allow healthcare providers to voluntarily report information on patient safety events under legal protection and to use this information to develop patient safety interventions and solutions in IV medication administration.  There are 84 total PSOs listed on the AHRQ PSO site and RCHE Purdue PSO is one of 2 in Indiana.

PSO ListedAHRQ Common Formats

Being designated a patient safety organization (PSO) has provided RCHE with several strategic benefits:

  • Invitations to participate in AHRQ’s development of national strategies to improve patient safety and associated research strategies;
  • Demonstrable impact of the infusion pump informatics system and associated research;
  • Compliant repository of protected health information for furthering Purdue research,  consistent with PSO regulations; and
  • Visibility for RCHE as an innovator in patient safety research and improvement.

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