SimCore PSO

Improving Healthcare Performance with Smarter Solutions.

Developed by experts in healthcare safety & immersive education.

We take reporting to the next level with yield performance improvement programs that specifically target collaboratively identified vulnerabilities

What is a PSO?
In July 2005, Congress developed the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA) in response to the Institute of Medicine report, To Err Is Human. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) oversees the Patient Safety Rule.

The Patient Safety Act and the Patient Safety Rule provide a structure for PSOs while the legislation provides confidentiality and privilege protections (inability to introduce the protected information in a legal proceeding), when certain requirements are met.  The program intentionally differentiates PSO work from most regulatory and mandatory reporting programs.

How do PSOs improve safety?
PSOs support the collection, analysis, sharing and learning from incidents, near misses and unsafe conditions in through the use of Common Formats for uniform reporting of patient safety events. The information collected helps to determine what medical errors are occurring and why in order to prevent them from occurring again.
• PSOs aggregate data from many providers to identify risk patterns of care and system failure
• PSOs allow providers to work together in a confidential, protected space
• PSOs do not impose fines or other punitive results for participating – PSOs are not a regulatory body
• PSOs assure participating providers their safety work will not be used against them

Who can participate with a PSO?
Any licensed provider can participate with a PSO and receive the protections, including but not limited to, emergency medical services (EMS), nursing homes, home health and hospice, pharmacies, hospitals, health systems, medical offices, and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).

Why join a PSO?
• Protecting. A PSO offers a way for licensed healthcare providers to receive federal confidentiality and privilege protections of the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.
• Learning. Working with a (PSO) offers learning & educational opportunities.
• Preventing.  A PSO can recommend proactive measures from lessons learned to assist in the prevention of future adverse events.

How to select a PSO?
With more than 80 PSOs and each one different from the next in it’s offerings, outreach, capabilities, mission, etc, it’s important to select the most appropriate PSO for your organization. Check out: How to Find the Best PSO for You or visit AHRQ’s Listed PSOs.

Our team helps you every step of the way to join our PSO quickly and efficiently.

Reflection Is Critical To Progress

Brian Gillett, MD President

Quality care is a team effort, as is accurate reflection around our patient encounters. SimCore PSO provides a unique system that captures near misses, integrates observations across the entire care team and fosters realtime performance improvement.