The Patient Safety Organization Privacy Protection Center (PPC) was created by The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support the implementation of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act PL-109-41(Patient Safety Act) passed by the United States Congress in July 2005. The Patient Safety Act extends legal privilege and confidentiality protections to health care providers who voluntarily submit patient safety event information to Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs). The PSOs will assist health care providers in developing and implementing patient safety improvement strategies. The Patient Safety Act also authorizes the creation of a Network of Patient Safety Databases (NPSD). The NPSD will receive nonidentifiable information regarding patient safety events and perform analysis on the aggregated data. The goal is to create a learning system for quality improvement strategies for PSOs and health care providers.
The PPC will offer a broad set of technical assistance services to PSOs including: 1) education on the format for submitting patient safety event information to the NPSD 2) coordination of PSO activities including conferences and workgroups 3) assistance on rendering patient safety event data nonidentifiable.
On September 27th, 2012 ActioNet, Inc announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) has chosen ActioNet to become the next Patient Safety Organization Privacy Protection Center (PSO PPC) contractor. The five-year full and open award will provide transition and continued operational support services for the PSO PPC's technology infrastructure, application support, systems integration and business processes. ActioNet, Inc., headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, is an SEI CMMI Level 3, ISO 20000, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 27000, 8(a) and woman-owned IT Services Firm with strong qualifications and expertise in Program Management, Infrastructure Solutions, Information Assurance, Software Engineering and IT Business Governance.
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For more information about the PPC, submit a request to the PPC Help Desk.