Ten organizations were designated as "patient-safety organizations" by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in an attempt to oversee how PSOs will collect and share patient safety data. Each of the 10 organizations will work with providers to gather information about medical errors and report them as necessary. Currently, the organizations are awaiting rulings that will enable them to collect their data in a correct manner.
Once given the "OK," the federal government's Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (of 2005) will go into effect. Through this act, a "network of PSOs" will be used to ensure the safety of patients while implementing improvements.