The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 was passed by Congress in response to the landmark 1999 IOM report that highlighted the need to improve healthcare safety and quality. The Act authorized the creation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs). PSOs are established for the purpose of collecting and analyzing data on patient events for the goal of improving the quality and safety of healthcare delivery.
By providing a secure environment for healthcare organizations and clinicians to collect and analyze data, PSOs, including the Maryland Patient Safety Organization, in partnership with their member organizations, are able to improve quality and safety in patient care.
This page is dedicated to resources specific to organization membership, participation and affiliation with a PSO.
The Mid-Atlantic Patient Safety Organization (Mid-Atlantic PSO) is a component of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, Inc. The Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) is the parent organization of the component Mid-Atlantic PSO. The Mid-Atlantic PSO is a means of furthering the ability of its member healthcare providers to provide the safest, highest quality care to their patients. The Mid-Atlantic PSO is a center of patient safety innovation, convening providers of care to accelerate our understanding of, and implement evidence-based solutions for, preventing avoidable harm. The Mid-Atlantic PSO is listed as a Patient Safety Organization, or PSO, with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (PSO Number P0024). Through a non-punitive reporting environment, a culture of safety is encouraged for the participating healthcare provider. Information specific to the Mid-Atlantic PSO’s quality initiatives will be reported, aggregated, and analyzed. Recommendations for best practices, and workflow processes related to the Mid-Atlantic PSO Initiatives, are disseminated by the Mid-Atlantic PSO in an effort to minimize patient risk and improve the quality of care.
The Mid-Atlantic PSO strives to reduce patient safety events in the healthcare provider setting by focusing on specific quality and safety initiatives, which include the following:
The healthcare providers who report to the Mid-Atlantic PSO will receive recommendations on best practices and workflow processes specific to the Mid-Atlantic PSO Initiatives to help enhance patient safety and health outcomes. These healthcare providers can promote the fact that they participate with a PSO so their patients know their healthcare provider aims to be among the safest in the nation.