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Overview: Data Submission

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act was enacted in July 2005, and the Final Rule, "Patient Safety and Quality Improvement," was issued in November 2008. The Final Rule established a process for designating and creating patient safety work product (PSWP) allowing providers the ability to confidentially report PSWP to Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs). PSWP encompasses any data, reports, records, memoranda, analyses, and written or oral statements that could improve patient safety, quality, or outcomes. PSOs are encouraged to submit two types of data to the Patient Safety Organization Privacy Protection Center (PSOPPC): patient safety concern and PSO Profile data.

PSOs and vendors submit patient safety concern data to the PSOPPC. Analysis of this data is intended to facilitate the development and adoption of interventions and solutions to improve patient safety. Patient safety data is aggregated and made non-identifiable by the PSOPPC for transmission to the Network of Patient Safety Databases (NPSD).

On an annual basis, PSOs submit the PSO Profile form which provides Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) information regarding the types of health care providers, settings, and reports for which PSOs conduct patient safety activities.

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