A number of healthcare organizations ask why they should join
CHPSO or another federally listed Patient Safety Organization
(PSO). One benefit is to obtain federal protections for certain
patient safety data. These protections facilitate broad sharing
of patient safety information both within and across
organizations, speeding learning and facilitating the elimination
of patient safety hazards. As part of this protection, you can
collaborate with other hospitals and healthcare organizations,
usually at a safe table meeting. At safe tables, a topic is
pre-selected and attendees share cases or ideas for improvement.
These discussions are meant to be open and frank, where attendees
can bounce ideas off each other, discuss specific events and
share resources. Lastly, by submitting data to CHPSO, hospitals
are contributing to the greater understanding of patient safety
events that can potentially happen in their organization and
elsewhere. By sharing these data with a PSO, de-identified trends
and lessons learned can be shared with a wider audience, and
facility-specific feedback can be given.
If interested in joining CHPSO, please visit the Prospective Members section for more
details as well as a fee schedule for out-of-state or non-CHA
members. Members of the California Hospital Association receive
complimentary membership to CHPSO. The participating agreement
and BAA are available on the CHPSO website.
For more information, please contact CHPSO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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 email@example.com. All inquirers will remain