August 8, 2019By Lance Baily

Patient Safety Movement Midyear Planning Meeting Brings Innovators Together: Sept. 17th at UC Irvine Health

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Midyear Planning Meeting, co-convened with UC Irvine Health, will take place on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, University of California, Irvine (UCI) on World Patient Safety Day! Healthcare professionals, Simulationists, Patients, and interested persons are invited to consider attending this midyear planning event to help create the agenda for the 2020 Patient Safety Summit. Today we take a closer look at this crucial organization that is doing such important work in the Patient Safety sector.

About the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

When the 1999 report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System was released by the Institute of Medicine, it was the first time the impact and consequences of medical errors were quantified. The report generated a sort of enlightenment that led many like-minded people to form organizations to combat medical errors and hospitals to begin implementing processes to reduce harm. Joe Kiani, Founder, and Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, floored by the alarming statistic that 98,000 Americans were dying from preventable causes in hospitals, began to ask questions and track what was being done in the United States to reduce these unnecessary deaths.


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In November 2010, over a decade later, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report which revealed that the number of Medicare beneficiaries who had experienced an event that contributed to their death had reached 180,000. Kiani realized the problem was not getting better, rather it was growing rapidly. Something needed to be done. Joe continued to hear about countless families, like Rory Staunton and Leah Coufal’s families, who lost their lives under preventable circumstances. These stories helped fuel the mission of ZERO preventable deaths, a bold but necessary goal that the Foundation believes in wholeheartedly because ONE preventable patient death is one too many.

In 2012, tired of general inaction and apathy, Kiani had identified an immediate need to bring all stakeholders across the continuum of care together to take action, thus forming the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation convened the first annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in 2013. T

he Summit brought together the world’s leading clinicians, hospital CEOs, patient advocates and government leaders to identify primary patient safety challenges and provide tested solutions called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS). Hospital attendees made formal commitments to implement processes to reduce preventable deaths in their hospitals, and healthcare technology companies signed the Open Data Pledge to share data for the sake of patient safety.

In January 2019, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation held its 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit and announced over 90,146 lives saved because of commitments made by over 4,710 partnered hospitals across 50 countries. This announcement showcased how far we’ve come, and how much further we must go to reach ZERO preventable deaths.


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About the Midyear Planning Event

Taking place on World Patient Safety Day September 17th at UC Irvine Health in Southern California, this full-day working meeting will bring together one hundred global stakeholders across healthcare for an intimate examination and discussion about how we can continue planning for ZERO preventable deaths in hospitals. This meeting allows an opportunity for participants to provide their experiences and expertise as we propel our mission of ZERO forward. They hope to see you there!

Who Should Attend: They invite administrators, clinicians, representatives of professional bodies, non-profits focused on patient safety, patients and family members, engineers, and all other patient safety enthusiasts to the table.

Speakers Scheduled to Present:

  • Joe Kiani: Founder & Chairman, Patient Safety Movement Foundation & Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Masimo
  • David B. Mayer, MD: Chief Executive Officer, Patient Safety Movement Foundation and Executive Director, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
  • William C. Wilson, MD, MA: Chief Medical Officer, UCI Health

Sessions Presented Include:

  • Framework for Effective Board Governance of Health System Quality
  • What’s getting in the way of patient safety?
  • The Feasibility of a “March” for Patient Safety
  • A Tragedy in Utah Leads to Change
  • Framework for Effective Board Governance of Health System Quality

About the Annual Patient Safety Summit

The 2020 World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit moves to March 5-7 of 2020 and invites international hospital leaders, medical and information technology companies, the patient advocacy community, public policy makers and government officials to join them to be part of this momentous event. The Summit will features keynote addresses from public figures, patient safety experts and plenary sessions with healthcare luminaries, and patient advocates, as well as announcements from organizations who have made their own commitments to reach the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s goal of ZERO preventable deaths by 2020.

Learn More About the PSMF Today!


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