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NJHA Quality Institute Wins Federal Designation
Date:1/15/2010

">England, Canada and across the United States.

"As a nurse, I know how committed our healthcare professionals are to providing safe, quality care to their patients," said Holmes. "But I also know that no system is perfect and that there are always opportunities to improve. I'm very excited to put this new PSO designation to work here in New Jersey and take our quality efforts to an even higher level."

The PSO designation will give the Institute additional resources and support from AHRQ. The Institute will have greater protection to gather healthcare data in a secure environment – protected by legal privilege and confidentiality standards – and compare that information with quality data collected by PSOs nationwide. It will give New Jersey a powerful new set of information to determine areas for improvement, plan focused activities to address those areas and assess the results of those activities. Through the new PSO, New Jersey's data also will be included in AHRQ's annual National Healthcare Quality Report.

The Institute also will be monitored by AHRQ, assuring that it continues to meet the agency's standards and expectations.

"We know that clinicians and healthcare organizations want to participate in efforts to improve patient care, but they often are inhibited by fears of liability and sanctions," said AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, MD. "PSOs facilitate a shared-learning approach that supports effective interventions to reduce risk of harm to patients and improve quality."

NJHA's Institute has mounted numerous successful initiatives in improving care and increasing patient safety. They include:

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