What is KIPSQ?
KIPSQ is a federally-certified patient safety organization (PSO). A PSO
collects, aggregates and analyzes data that is confidentially and
voluntarily reported by hospitals and other health care providers.
By encouraging voluntary and confidential reporting KIPSQ will
strive to improve patient safety and quality.
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient
Safety Act) authorized the creation of a nationwide network of PSOs.
This was in response to increasing concern about the lack of patient
safety event reporting, which in turn prevented the collection of data
to make significant patient care improvements. Two major impediments
stood in the way of reporting: 1) fear of disclosure and 2) lack of
standardized data collection formats to allow for aggregation, trending
and analysis of incidents and contributing factors.