What is a patient safety organization?

The federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 allowed for the creation of PSOs to help address a critical barrier to quality and patient safety improvement:  the protected sharing of confidential quality information across healthcare organizations and outside of hospitals.

PSOs provide broader protections than existing many peer review standards or state laws, allowing provider quality and safety information to be confidentially shared across sites and organizations.

PSOs are designed to:

  1. Promote shared learning;
  2. Enhance quality of care; and
  3. Improve patient safety by granting privilege and confidentiality protections to information submitted by participating providers into the PSO.

For more information on PSOs, please see materials made available by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at:  https://www.pso.ahrq.gov/.


True North PSO Members

  • Northwell Health
  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • Melville Surgery Center
  • Greenwich Village Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Endo Group Syosset Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Endo Group Garden City Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Digestive Health of Huntington
  • Endoscopy Center of Long Island (ECLI)
  • North Shore Medical Accelerator PC (NSMA)
  • New York Radiation Associates (NYRA)