The Empire State Patient Safety Assurance Network (ESPSAN) has been in existence since 2010.
The Patient Safety Organization (PSO) component of the
University at Buffalo was established and received federal
certification from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
(AHRQ) in January 2010 to March 2017. ESPSAN voluntarily delisted
and still operates as a Patient Safety Network.
Our objective is to conduct meaningful quality improvement collaborations with health care sites in Upstate New York utilizing health information technology to improve quality of care, reduce adverse drug events, and enhance patient safety.
Our mission is to conduct meaningful quality improvement collaborations with health care sites in Upstate New York utilizing health information technology to improve quality of care, reduce adverse drug events, and enhance patient safety.
Patient Safety Organization (PSOs) are external entities that collect and analyze patient safety-related information for the purposes of identifying underlying causes of adverse events in healthcare. PSOs were created by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 in response to the number of preventable medical errors that were occurring in the United States healthcare system. This Act enables the confidential reporting of patient safety events. Data is collected and analyzed in standardized manner (common definitions and reporting formats, known as Common Formats) to provide uniformity in reporting of patient safety events improve health care providers’ efforts to eliminate harm.
Patient safety events that are reported include:
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 provides legal protection of health information to enhance the data available to assess and resolve patient safety and health care quality issues. Three key elements of the Patient Safety Act include:
Patient Safety Work Products are both privileged and confidential by The Act:
More information on our staff can be found here.