Keeping Patients Safe
The Strategic Radiology Patient Safety Organization (SR PSO) allows for the aggregation of data along with improved methodologies for evaluating safety and quality. By using the PSO model to identify best practice metrics, SR member groups can take patient safety and satisfaction to a new level on behalf of clinicians, hospitals, and healthcare organizations. As a consortium with access to the largest aggregation of data in the radiology community—drawing on 1,400 physicians in 26 geographically dispersed groups—SR’s PSO provides enhanced opportunities to identify areas for improvement.
The SR PSO was listed by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on June 19, 2013, signifying that its certifications have been accepted by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and making it the first radiology specific PSO in the US. Radiology industry and healthcare quality expert, Lisa Mead, RN, MS directs SR’s PSO operations, leveraging the collective experience found within SR membership to create a safety organization that can serve as a national model.
PSOs are part of a national network focused on the reduction of adverse patient events, sharing the goal of improving the quality and safety of healthcare delivery. To that end, a key reason behind the formation of SR’s PSO is the need to create a safe environment for transparent sharing and learning in order to achieve that shared goal. By providing confidentiality of data and work product, PSOs foster a secure environment in which clinicians and healthcare organizations can collect and analyze data, improving quality through identification and reduction of risks and hazards associated with patient care.