AHRQ is one of 11 agencies within the Federal government's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AHRQ, as the lead Federal agency for patient safety research, has been charged with overseeing the implementation of the Patient Safety Act. PSOs, health care providers, and other interested parties should contact AHRQ at firstname.lastname@example.org with requests for assistance.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has responsibility for interpreting and enforcing the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Act.
AHRQ created the PSO Privacy Protection Center (PSOPPC) to assist PSOs in rendering the data they submit to the NPSD contextually non-identifiable. The PSO PPC also maintains AHRQ's Common Formats, which include common definitions and reporting formats to more easily compare data about patient safety events.
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) of 2005 requires that AHRQ administer the Network of Patient Safety Databases (NPSD), launched in June 2019, as an interactive, evidence-based management resource for meaningful, national learning. The NPSD displays aggregated, nonidentifiable data dashboards derived from patient safety work product (PSWP) submitted by PSOs from across the country.