The main mission of a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is to protect patients by preventing medical errors.
A PSO strives to find out what medical errors occur, why they occur and how best to prevent their reoccurrence through the collection of information, analysis of errors and the sharing with others of lessons and preventive strategies. The organization cultivates a culture committed to safety in the healthcare environment, a culture that encourages healthcare providers to safely report and share details about potential vulnerabilities when it comes to patient care.
According to January 2016 statistics from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there are 80 Federally-listed PSOs in 29 states and the District of Columbia. This includes the Quality Alliance Patient Safety Organization (QAPSO) based in Springfield, IL. QAPSO is an Illinois limited liability company and a component of the Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance, Memorial Health System, Southern Illinois University Medicine and Springfield Clinic.