One of the purposes of a PSO is the collection, analysis and reporting of patient safety data. A standardized patient safety system is an important mechanism for enhancing knowledge about the errors and their underlying causes. The patient safety system implemented by the PSOFlorida will help Florida hospitals learn from the experiences of others and share their own. PSOFlorida uses a Web-based patient safety reporting system to capture patient safety data in a standardized manner compatible with AHRQ’s common formats, the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Serious Reportable Events (SRE), and the CMS hospital-acquired conditions. By aggregating and analyzing data that is collected with a common format, PSOFlorida will improve the comparative and longitudinal analysis of data and find common patterns that will lead to intervention and ultimately achieve the goal of preventing harm.
PSOFlorida fully expects to have aggregate de-identified data available for all participating hospitals and an additional set of de-identified data from a larger national data set. This will allow PSOFlorida and Florida hospitals the ability to immediately analyze and evaluate the reported data from both a state and national perspective. All data reported to the PSOFlorida will be strictly confidential and data will be held to the same standard for information submitted to a peer review process. No patient information or information regarding the clinician or hospital employee reporting the event will be divulged.