SVS Patient Safety Organization (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.
Why 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.
Another advantage of a PSO for providers and hospitals is that it permits the collection of patient-identified data for quality improvement purposes without requiring consent from individual patients or prior approval from an Institutional Review Board.