Ask CHPSO: What and with whom can we share our event reports?
–E.K. -A Bay Area hospital

Data, reports, records, memoranda, analyses or written or oral statements which could improve patient safety, health care quality or outcomes that are specifically assembled for the purpose of reporting to a PSO may be shared with your health care organization’s workforce. Data may be disclosed with your affiliated providers, with your PSO, contractors such as management consultants and legal counsel. Additionally, you can share data with other providers within the same PSO. A hospital, for instance, may share a case during a safe table meeting with a group of providers from other facilities. This information is protected under the federal law, Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act of 2005, and is not discoverable nor is it information which could be subpoenaed.


Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005

“Ask CHPSO” is a regular column in the bimonthly Patient Safety News and is intended to provide answers to common inquiries. If you have a question, please contact us at (916) 552-2600 or All inquirers will remain anonymous.