Leading Patient Safety Efforts in Kentucky

The Kentucky Institute for Patient safety and Quality (KIPSQ) was established in 2008 after the passage of the Patient Safety Act of 2005. KIPSQ is a federally certified patient safety organization (PSO) through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Our goal is for every provider in Kentucky to join KIPSQ in order to preserve the privilege of conducting self-improvement activities and networking with other facilities to improve the quality of health care. Kentucky is one of two states with limited Peer Review protections — KIPSQ provides a legally protected environment for healthcare facilities and providers to candidly discuss why adverse events occur and how they can be prevented.

One of the first PSOs in the nation, KIPSQ is leading patient safety efforts in Kentucky through analysis, dissemination and archiving of patient safety information. KIPSQ offers access to the emerging best practices of hundreds of hospitals in the USA.

Complimentary membership is available to Kentucky Hospital Insurance Company (KHIC) members. All other memberships are available for a fee. Contact Lisa Hyman for additional information.


KIPSQ has contracted with ECRI Institute to customized programmatic support that includes data collection and reporting systems based on AHRQ Common Formats, expert patient safety analysis, culture-of-safety recommendations, best practices, and advisories. Based on ECRI Institute's first hand experience, flexibility, responsiveness and know-how provide speed, depth, sustainability, and ongoing support.


The vision of the Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality is to help health care providers deliver better and safer care with improved outcomes for people who use the health care system, thereby resulting in healthier individuals and communities.



The Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality is dedicated to quality and patient safety activities to improve the way health care is delivered. This will be accomplished by conducting activities, including the collection and analysis of data, to identify problem areas and opportunities for process improvement: developing and disseminating best practices and reliable information to improve safety and quality; and by fostering a culture of safety and a learning environment for persons engaged in the delivery of health care services.