PSO Plus

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​Share, Learn, Protect

Adverse events happen. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act creates opportunities to reduce these unfortunate events. Under the Federal Protection you can:

  • Share information and compare experiences with other providers
  • Learn best practices to fix your specific problems
  • Take action to protect your patients—and your bottom line

Comprehensive Resources to Identify Risk and Drive Patient Safety Improvement

It’s not just the information you put into a PSO, it’s the quality of information, analysis, advice, and support you get out of your PSO that will allow you to take full advantage of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act—and give you the strong return-on-investment that you want for your organization, and your patients.

ECRI Institute PSO Plus helps you get your patient safety goals moving faster—save time, drive change, reduce lost revenue—without the staff hours required to create a program from scratch. PSO Plus lets you maximize your resources to:

  • Investigate issues and determine a plan for improvement with interactive assessments, independent review of root cause analyses, and more
  • Research potential solutions and guidance in a comprehensive evidence library and custom research support
  • Build a compelling business case for patient safety including audits, impact, effectiveness, affordability, and feasibility
  • Implement change with customizable tools and best practices
  • Measure and monitor results through paper and interactive auditing
  • Support change and maintain progress with educational programs and Continuing Medical Education

Deep and Broad Resources Allow You to Pick Up Speed

Contact us to learn how ECRI Institute PSO Plus can help you and your organization meet your goals. Call: (610) 825-6000, ext. 5558, or e-mail:

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  • ​Our members have told me ‘I joined for the protections but find the feedback to be the most useful.’

    Bill Bell, General Counsel, Florida Hospital Association, Director, The Patient Safety Organization of Florida

 Event reporting, tools, analyses, and strategies

ECRI Institute PSO Plus helps you get your patient safety goals moving faster—save time, drive change, reduce lost revenue—without the staff hours required to create a program from scratch.

  • Identify and prioritize riskseach membership includes the opportunity to easily and confidentially assess key clinical areas—including high risk areas and those that impact readmissions—plus an electronic AHRQ Culture of Safety survey. Bottom line—each assessment will help you prioritize your efforts on the areas that have the greatest opportunity for improvement.
  • Best practicesindependent review of your root cause analyses with actionable feedback from our staff of clinical experts. Custom research requests for personal service to help you face your unique needs. Access to hundreds of comprehensive, research-based guidance and best practices. New topics are addressed every week in newsletters and publications based on member requests, trends in healthcare, and issues identified by submitted reports from member facilities.
  • Implementation toolsevidence-based resources and patient safety tool kits aid in identifying and resolving system flaws common to healthcare. From cross cutting issues like hand-off communication and culture of safety to critical care, implement change with Guidance for Patient Safety Toolkits.
  • Educationwebinars, customizable training tools, and Contnuing Medical Education (CME/CE). Designate education programs as part of new staff orientation or ongoing medical staff training to drive your progress. All training and CME topics are based on high priority patient safety risks as identified by member requests, submitted event data, and current trends in healthcare.

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 Our PSO is One of the Largest

​ECRI Institute PSO membership is ever growing and is one of the largest in the United States:
  • Support of PSOs in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, California, and Virginia, plus Midwest Alliance, Quality Alliance PSO, Child Health PSO, and reporting in the District of Columbia.
  • Support of several RRG PSOs
  • Direct members from across the healthcare continuum in over 80% of US States

 Case Studies

 ECRI Institute PSO Webinar

​Here is a recording of our complimentary, invitation-only webinar. Review the principles of a patient safety evaluation system (PSES), a patient safety work product (PSWP), and address the concerns of participating with a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) while also meeting state mandatory reporting requirements. The speakers shared information on federal regulatory requirements, as well as how to perform patient safety, risk management and quality improvement investigations and analysis in the protected PSO environment and still meet state mandatory reporting requirements.

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 Samples from PSO Plus



Sepsis: Combating the Hidden Colossus Combating the Hidden Colossus12/1/2015 12:00:00 AMSepsis, a leading cause of death, requires prompt recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. This article examines what some organizations are doing to combat this underrecognized condition.​
HIPAA: “New Twist” in Prosecution of Illegal Drug Promotion Activities Holds Important Lesson for Providers “New Twist” in Prosecution of Illegal Drug Promotion Activities Holds Important Lesson for Providers11/25/2015 12:00:00 AM​Government prosecution of pharmaceutical companies for alleged illegal promotion of their products has been steady for many years, and drug company Warner Chilcott, LLC recently agreed to plead guilty and pay $125 million to resolve criminal and civil liability for healthcare fraud.
Annual “Top Performer” Report on Hiatus for 2016, Says Joint Commission “Top Performer” Report on Hiatus for 2016, Says Joint Commission11/25/2015 12:00:00 AM​Nearly one-third (1,043) of accredited hospitals have achieved the organization's "Top Performer" status and many others are close, according to the Joint Commission in America's Hospitals Improving Quality and Safety The Joint Commission's Annual Report 2015.

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