CHPSO 2015 Annual Report

The CHPSO 2015 Annual Report, which covers the period January 1 – December 31, 2015, focuses on CHPSO’s year in review with highlights for 2016. The Report is available online on the CHPSO website.

As a leading patient safety organization and as a division of the Hospital Quality Institute, CHPSO is part of a movement for patient safety across the United States. In the past year, CHPSO grew its membership to over 350 hospitals and health care organizations, serving across nine western states. CHPSO also experienced a spike in submitted events, from over 160,000 in 2014 to over 900,000 at year end 2015. Health care organizations are finding the value in becoming a member of CHPSO, which is complimentary for members of the California Hospital Association (CHA), and available at a nominal fee for non-CHA members. The Patient Safety Work Product Privilege (PSWP), established under the Patient Safety Act of 2005, affords health care providers the opportunity to engage in protected discussions about safety events without fear of discovery or subpoena. These discussions, also known as safe table meetings, have increased in number throughout 2015 and CHPSO offers specialized discussions based on patient population and region. In addition to safe table meetings, health care providers may share their safety events with CHPSO and they, too, are not discoverable nor can they be subpoenaed.

CHPSO’s objectives are to eliminate preventable harm by:

  • sharing de-identified events to the health care community in lessons learned and newsletter articles
  • collaborating with providers to further understand why errors occur by separating individuals from the process
  • developing a culture of safety

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