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The Nation's First Federally Certified Patient Safety Organization Chooses Quantros Patient Safety Organization Manager
Date:3/11/2009

Agreement Provides Florida Patient Safety Corporation with a Scalable, Powerful System in Support of Patient Safety Improvement for its Member Healthcare Providers

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 11, 2009 -- The Florida Patient Safety Corporation (FPSC), the first organization in the U.S. to be federally certified as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO), has chosen Quantros software to support data aggregation and submission to the Network of Patient Safety Databases (NPSD).

Quantros Patient Safety Organization Manager (PSOM) was designed specifically to help PSOs meet the requirements that are critical to federal certification. The technology platform is a proven, field-tested system that simplifies the entire data collection and reporting process and facilitates ongoing analysis, interaction and patient safety improvement efforts between PSOs and their member healthcare providers.

Dr. Ali Rashidee, the Director of Product Management for PSOM, explains that PSOs were created because of increasing legal pressure for disclosure of patient safety events. "Liability pressure was stifling the ability of healthcare organizations to focus on improving safety in an environment conducive to honest disclosure and discussion," he said. As a result, the Patient Safety and Quality Act of 2005 was enacted to create a legal environment that encourages providers to alleviate patient safety issues by ensuring that their work with the PSO cannot be used against them in federal court or disciplinary proceedings.

Administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the PSO Program was designed to help providers to increase liability protection via 'Confidentiality and Privilege' of Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP) offered in the PSO regulations, access to wider and deeper preventable medical error data, access to PSO services and consulting for patient safety improvement, and participation in a Network of Patient Safety Databases.

Superior Technology and Support Help FPSC Pick Quantros
Susan Moore, CEO of FPSC said the decision to partner with Quantros was based on a confidence that Quantros has the best technology to meet the organization's goals and will provide continued support.

"When working with Quantros we found the company to be extremely prepared and very responsive. We are more than confident that Quantros will not only help us meet the needs of our clients but also ensure our compliance with federal requirements … we know we will be ready to serve the needs of Florida providers and ultimately benefit patients," she added.

Tallahassee-based FPSC is a not-for-profit organization that was created by the Florida legislature in 2004, with an eye to improving patient safety. It was federally certified at the end of October 2008 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). According to Moore, the organization is overseen by a board comprised of major healthcare stakeholders concerned about improving patient safety. Members include the Florida Medical Association, Florida Hospital Association, healthcare plans and the pharmaceutical industry.

Moore advises other PSOs to select a technology partner based on that company's ability to provide ongoing support. "We see Quantros not just as a software vendor but a partner in patient safety and quality of care," she said. "Obviously my goal and intent is to provide Florida's healthcare providers with a first class product to help them reduce deadly errors, Quantros will help us succeed with that mission," she said.

Chris Bethell, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Quantros said "We are honored that Florida Patient Safety Corporation chose Quantros PSOM as the technology solution to enable patient safety improvement efforts across its member healthcare providers. One of the key requirements of organizations desiring PSO status is the ability to provide a secure, means for aggregation, management, submission, and analysis of patient safety event data from participating healthcare facilities. Quantros PSOM, coupled with our support and services, ensures the Florida Patient Safety Corporation has a system that meets its needs both today and in the future. "

Bethell outlined the following benefits of using Quantros PSOM:

  • A secure, HIPAA compliant system that automatically extracts and isolates PHI and other confidential data so only those in certain roles with certain permissions are able to view the data.
  • A powerful administration module that allows the PSO to easily set-up, activate and manage participating organizations in the PSO

The ability to aggregate facility data in a variety of ways including:

  • Automatic transfer of PSWP data from those using Quantros SRM into Quantrous PSOM
  • An easy PSWP data upload process for healthcare facilities using either internally developed or commercial systems other than Quantros SRM
  • Making available an API that can be licensed by 3rd party vendors for transmission of PSWP data into Quantros PSOM
  • A fast and efficient data entry screen for manual capture of PSWP data should the provider need or desire this submission methodology
  • A submission module that can both generate completed form for submission of PSWP data to the NPSD as well as the ability to transmit that data automatically once the NPSD provides an electronic submission avenue
  • A medium to efficiently distribute knowledge content and best practice information to participating healthcare facilities

A full complement of reports with the ability to save specific parameters as well as AD-Hoc reporting for use in report generation and data analysis at both a facility and at a multi-tiered, aggregate facility level in addition to its technology platform.

Quantros also offers a full complement of patient safety services delivered by seasoned clinical professionals with in-depth healthcare experience. Quantros provides these services for PSOs requiring additional expert support to collaboratively drive patient safety improvements in partnership with their member facilities.

About Quantros
Quantros provides real-time solutions for safety and risk management, outcomes and performance monitoring, accreditation and compliance and surveillance and decision support for leading healthcare providers throughout the nation. Quantros' Web-based applications and value-added services provide a standard platform that creates actionable knowledge and guided direction to help clients save lives, improve quality and conserve assets. Through a variety of direct sales and vendor partners, more than 2,000 healthcare facilities use Quantros technology solutions every day.

Quantros team members include physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals as well as an experienced team of information technology specialists. Visit Quantros on the web at www.quantros.com.

About FPSC
The Florida Patient Safety Corporation (FPSC) is dedicated to continuously improving patient safety in the state by serving as a learning and research organization. FPSC fulfills its mission of assisting health care providers to enhance the quality and safety of health care and reduce harm to patients by working with other patient safety programs and organizations committed to patient safety.

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