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Perioperative & Pain initiatives in Quality Safety Outcome (PPiQSO or pronounced “Picasso”) is a technical center that is focused on improving perioperative and pain quality of care, patient safety and outcome through informatics and technology solutions. The center is part of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington, Seattle. The center is comprised of engineering and clinical faculty as well as database and software programmers.

PPiQSO has two fundamental focus areas, a data arm that focuses on extraction and analysis of perioperative and pain data and a technology arm that focuses on technology tools to improve quality, safety and outcome. Both the data and technology arms are interconnected as findings from data analysis drives the development of technology or tools. Data analysis is needed to determine the effectiveness of technology tools.

focus areas


To improve perioperative & pain management quality of care, patient safety and outcome through clinical informatics and innovative technology solutions.


  • Develop data management, analytics and reporting tools to support quality improvement & research initiatives in perioperative care and pain management
  • Develop medical decision support and other technology innovations to improve quality, safety, outcomes, operational efficiency, and waste reduction
  • Perform and publish informatics & biomedical technology-focused research to identify and improve perioperative and pain management processes and patient outcomes
  • Translate research into technology solutions, and disseminate knowledge and technology to improve patient care and clinical operations


University of Washington Medical Center
Health Sciences Building, RR444
1959 NE Pacific St.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195


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