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DARTNet Component Patient Safety Organization (DCPSO)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announced that the DARTNet Component Patient Safety Organization (DCPSO) is now listed as a PSO by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The DCPSO is ready to accept data as a specialized registry, and these data will be used to improve population health outcomes and to increase patient safety. This registry meets the requirements of a specialized registry of CMS Meaningful Use Objective 10.

At the DARTNet Institute, our mission is to transform multi-sourced data into standardized, actionable health information that supports patient care, quality improvement, patient safety and health improvement, and collaborative learning and research.

Working with a PSO can help your organization achieve better and safer care. PSOs like the DCPSO have experts who can collect, analyze and aggregate clinical data at the local, regional and national level to develop insights into the underlying causes of patient safety events that might not be obvious.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has posted a brochure for hospitals and healthcare providers that are considering a Patient Safety Organization. AHRQ has identified the following benefits of working with a PSO:

  • Aggregation and analysis of data from each provider and across providers working with that PSO. This aggregation not only enables the PSO to detect patterns and trends not visible in smaller numbers of organizations or smaller health systems, but also uncovers serious and rare events sooner.
  • Feedback and expertise to help you understand and prevent the causes of adverse events and to develop successful approaches to improving quality and reducing adverse outcomes.
  • When certain requirements are met, Federal confidentiality and privilege protections of the Patient Safety Act apply.

The DCPSO is governed by a Standing Committee of the DARTNet Institute's Board of Directors (the DARTNet Safety Committee). Under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, the DARTNet Institute is the "parent organization" and the DARTNet Component-PSO is its "component organization" per 42 C.F.R Part 3. See our PSO policy for more detail.