Clarity PSO, A Division of Clarity Group, Inc., Presents at National Program Focusing on the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Organizations

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Clarity PSO, A Division of Clarity Group, Inc., participated as a key presenter in a high level national education session on the new Federal Patient Safety Act

We appreciated the insight of KMR in sponsoring this program and the opportunity to be a part of its development. The number of people who responded to this webinar is indicative of the interest in the PSO process

Clarity Group, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare risk, quality and patient safety software and consulting services, announced today that Ellen Flynn, RN, MBA, JD, Executive Director of its operating division, Clarity PSO, was a key presenter in an education program on February 19, 2009, cosponsored by KattenMuchinRosenman LLP, Chicago, IL and the Illinois Association of Medical Staff Services. The Program, Patient Safety Organizations: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Implementing a PSO Program and Managing Confidentiality and Privilege Protections, was broadcast as a web-based seminar to more than 2000 people across the country and on-site at the KMR offices.

Patient Safety Organizations were created by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act). Healthcare providers who collect information for purposes of enhancing patient safety and for reporting to a PSO, and that follow certain conditions set forth in the Act, are afforded protection under the Act from discovery in the case of potential litigation. "I was very pleased to participate with an excellent group of presenters today to provide important information to healthcare providers on how they can best access the protections under the Patient Safety Act and also to help them understand the services available to them in working with a PSO. Working with a PSO presents a new and exciting vehicle for learning from healthcare events and making true, sustainable, and evidenced-based changes to enhance patient safety and healthcare quality as a result of bringing issues to light without the fear of discovery in a litigation situation and without risk of losing protection of data confidentiality," stated Ms. Flynn. "We appreciated the insight of KMR in sponsoring this program and the opportunity to be a part of its development. The number of people who responded to this webinar is indicative of the interest in the PSO process," continued Ms. Flynn.

About Clarity PSO

Clarity PSO offers healthcare clients the opportunity to participate in patient safety and quality improvement efforts by offering services of benchmarking, event review, education and risk-quality-safety consulting to healthcare providers. Working with a National Medical Advisory Council and skilled clinical informatics staff, Clarity PSO provides a suite of services that enable our healthcare clients to avail themselves of more than 40 years of experience in the areas of modifying systems to enhance healthcare quality and driving change through data analysis. Clarity PSO is listed as a Patient Safety Organization with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Clarity PSO is a Division of Clarity Group, Inc.

About Clarity Group

Clarity Group, Inc. is a Chicago-based specialist in innovative integrated risk/quality/safety products and services that enable healthcare organizations to execute on their vision for excellence. Core Clarity products include captive insurance company development and operations, risk-quality-safety and third-party PSO Support Services, Clarity PSO Facilitatorsm, and the web-based Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal, a data collection and workflow management tool that engages all staff in collaborative, data driven change to transform the organization into a Healthcare Safety Zone for patients, visitors and staff.

For more information about Clarity Group and Clarity PSO visit our website at http://www.claritygrp.com or contact Ellen Flynn at 773-864-8280.

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