As national leaders in the patient safety
arena, HQI and its affiliate, Collaborative
Healthcare Patient Safety Organization
(CHPSO) are, continually pursuing efforts
to eliminate patient harm. We are always looking
for new and innovative methods and
partners and viewing patient safety
issues through different lenses has always
been an HQI/CHPSO attribute.
In that light, CHPSO has recently entered into a member
agreement with Cerner, a health care information
This relationship is important
on several levels. To begin, we believe this
is the first ever arrangement between a PSO and
an electronic health record (EHR) developer.
As health information technology/EHRs are an integral part
of patient safety this becomes an avenue
for expanded communication and shared learning.
It is the role of PSOs to bring providers, in whatever capacity,
together to share and to help expand the knowledge base for all
stakeholders. PSOs provide the structure and support needed
to encourage open sharing of information in order to
help our members provide the safest and highest quality
EHRs collect massive amounts of data that –
if analyzed properly – can lead to significant improvements in
the quality of care provided to all patients.
EHRs touch almost every aspect
of the health care delivery system, making
relationships such as this more important than
HQI/CHPSO remain committed to providing value and benefit to
our members and assisting them in their pursuit of eliminating
preventable harm. Bringing together the widest range of
thought and experience is one way we can accomplish this.
HQI/CHPSO welcome Cerner as one of our newest members and
look forward to partnering with them and our entire
over 450 providers in their pursuit of
ensuring safe, quality care for the patients they