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svs patient safety organization (SVS PSO)
The Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO) was approved by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) in February 2011 to oversee the data sharing partnerships and patient safety initiatives of the VQI.
Directed by a Governing Council of representatives from the SVS, AVF, SVM and regional quality groups, the mission of the SVS PSO is to improve patient safety and the quality of health care delivery by providing web-based collection, aggregation, and analysis of clinical data submitted in registry format for all patients undergoing specific vascular treatments.
Composed of physicians, analysts, and administrative personnel, the SVS PSO staff provides medical expertise, statistical analyses, and oversight of quality improvement activities conducted through the PSO. The Medical Director of the SVS PSO is Jens Eldrup-Jorgensen, who was a founder member of the Vascular Study Group of New England.
importance of a patient safety organization
The importance of the SVS PSO for providers and hospitals is that it protects all quality work products generated from data entered into a PSO from legal discovery in state and federal court.
Quality work products include outcome analyses, benchmarked reports, and other aggregated information intended for quality improvement purposes. The identity of hospitals and providers that are compared in benchmarking and other quality analyses generated through a PSO cannot be disclosed or discovered. There are severe monetary and criminal penalties for the unauthorized dissemination of this data.
SVS PSO Governance Policies
ARTICLE I. Name
The organization shall be known as the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society for Vascular Surgery, hereinafter referred to as the “SVS PSO.”
ARTICLE II. Purpose
The purpose of the SVS PSO is to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and cost of vascular healthcare by collecting and exchanging information at both national and regional levels.
SVS PSO Governing Council
The Governing Council conducts the business of the SVS PSO and makes all decisions on behalf of the SVS PSO, including oversight of budgets, contracts, policies and procedures, publications, relationships with outside parties, and the general direction of the organization. With the Medical Director and the Administrative Director, the Governing Council shall assure compliance with federal regulations governing PSOs.