The Patient Safety Movement Mission

Our ultimate goal is to get to ZERO preventable deaths!

  1. Unify the healthcare ecosystem (hospitals, healthcare technology companies, government agencies, policy makers, patient advocates, clinicians, engineers, payers, etc.)
  2. Identify the challenges that are killing patients and create actionable solutions (Actionable Patient Safety Solutions) to mitigate them.
  3. Ask hospitals to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)
  4. Ask healthcare technology companies to share the data their devices are purchased for in order to create a Patient Data Super Highway to help identify at-risk patients
  5. Promote transparency and aligned incentives
  6. Promote patient dignity & love
  7. Educate providers, health professionals in training, patients, and families about patient safety


  1. November 1999

    Institute of Medicine releases report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, claims that as many as 98,000 people are dying in hospitals due to medical errors each year. Over the next decade, Founder Joe Kiani becomes passionate about how to significantly reduce this number.

  2. November 2010

    The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) publishes a report revealing the number of Medicare beneficiaries who experiences preventable deaths reaches 180,000.

  3. June 2012

    Joe Kiani decides that he has to do something to help with the patient safety problem.  He decides to create and hold the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in hopes to unify the healthcare ecosystem and come up with an action and commitment oriented approach to eliminate preventable deaths. Joe Kiani and President Bill Clinton travel to Africa and discuss the problem in June 2012 during their travel.  President Clinton commits to help Joe in the mission to achieve ZERO preventable deaths. A series of brainstorms with luminaries like Dr. Peter Pronovost, helps determine which patient safety challenges to address first. The Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare becomes the Founding Sponsor of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.

  4. January 2013

    Inaugural Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit is sold out and draws in over 300 attendees. Nine Healthcare Technology Companies sign the Open Data Pledge, at the Summit. Several hospitals make a commitment to zero. Seven Guiding Principles are established and announced at the Summit. The first 9 healthcare technology companies sign the Open Data Pledge: Cercacor, Cerner, Dräger, GE Healthcare, Masimo, Philips, Surgicount, Smiths Medical, ZOLL. Intermountain Healthcare becomes the first hospital to make a commitment to ZERO preventable deaths at the evening break.

  5. April 2013

    The Patient Safety Movement Foundation becomes a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

  6. September 2013

    Chairman Tom Harkin holds the first Senate Hearing on patient safety at the behest of Patient Safety Movement Foundation. The Patient Safety Movement’s goal of zero preventable deaths is announced at the Clinton Global Initiative by Founder and Chairman, Joe Kiani.

  7. January 2014

    One plus 601 lives saved by committed hospitals. Hospitals in Canada and Lithuania make committments, becoming as first international organizations to join.

  8. January 2015

    Foundation announces one plus 6,411 lives saved through commitments made by healthcare organizations and hospitals across the world.

  9. October 2015

    Former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn Carter demonstrate their support for the Foundation’s mission of ZERO preventable hospital deaths. The top three institutions that saved the most lives went on a once in a lifetime fishing trip with President Carter and his wife.

  10. January 2016

    Formerly known as the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit is renamed the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit due to global traction by committed organizations. Foundation announces one plus 24,642 lives saved.

  11. August 2016

    After witnessing the potential for numerous alignments across associations, professional societies and non-profits the Foundation forms an opportunity to affiliate, calling these groups Committed Partners.

  12. November 2016

    Medtronic signs the Open Data Pledge and also becomes a Benefactor, granting the Foundation $1M per year, through 2020.  At this point, over 70 companies have signed PSMF data share pledge and over 50 have signed the CMS data share pledge that PSMF helped CMS create.

  13. February 2017

    President, Bill Clinton, appointed Global Chair at the 5th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. Foundation announces one plus 69,518 lives saved.

  14. February 2018

    The World Patient Safety, Science & Technology’s 6th Annual event is held for the first time outside of California, in London, United Kingdom and brings together stakeholders from 25 countries. The Foundation announces 81,533 lives saved by committed hospitals operating in 44 countries worldwide.

  15. January 2019

    The 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit was held in Huntington Beach, California. The Foundation announced that 90,146 lives were saved by committed hospitals across 46 countries in 2018. In total, since 2012, 273,077 lives have been saved since the Foundation started.

  16. December 2020

    The Patient Safety Movement Foundation hopes to achieve ZERO preventable deaths by 2020.

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. 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. The 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.

Our Impact


Hospitals committed to ZERO Preventable Deaths


Lives saved annually by committed hospitals*

*Numbers are self-reported


Healthcare technology companies that have signed the Open Data Pledge

Board of Directors

Diverse in professional background but united by a shared mission, our Board of Directors is comprised of leaders in health technology, public policy, healthcare delivery, information technology, safety innovation, and patient advocacy. View our Conflicts of Interest and Disclosure Policy.

Joe Kiani
Steven J. Barker, PhD, MD
Robin Betts, MBA-HM, RN, CPHQ
Alicia Cole
Javier T. Davila, OMFS
Mike Durkin, OBE, MBBS, FRCA, FRCP, DSc
Omar Ishrak, PhD
David B. Mayer, MD
Dr. Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, MD, DPH
Charlie Miceli, CPM
Tamra Minnier, MSN, RN, FACHE
Jim Messina
Michael A.E. Ramsay, MD, FRCA

Management and Interns

The Foundation is managed by a small but mighty team. Much can be achieved with a group of individuals driven by a worthy goal such as this.

David B. Mayer, MD
Ariana Longley, MPH
Lauren Rayner, MBA
Sarah Miller, MS
Hailey Golden
Hania Alim
Olivia Lounsbury