About Us

Our ultimate goal is to get to ZERO preventable patient harm and death!

Vision: Achieve ZERO preventable patient harm and death across the globe by 2030.

Mission: Urgently unify people and collectively improve patient safety across the globe.

 

Our Guiding Principles

These 10 guiding principles drive our staff each and every day to fulfill our vision and mission.

  1. Do what is best for all of those who receive, give, or support care. 
  2. Promote respect, dignity, compassion, and love.
  3. Display an entrepreneurial spirit. 
  4. Have a philanthropic mindset.
  5. Always be ready to pivot.
  6. Embrace continuous improvement.
  7. Learn from mistakes rather than blaming others.
  8. Encourage the sharing of ideas.
  9. Actively seek out different perspectives.
  10. Share joy and meaning in the workplace.

Interested in seeing our year in review? Check out our Annual Report here!

History

  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. These become our Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS). 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.

    We release an update to PatientAider® a mobile app that was donated to us by Mari Miceli, a former RN who wanted to help make information available to help keep patients safe in the hospital.

  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. March 2020

    The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced 93,276 lives saved by 4,793 hospitals across 48 countries. Cumulatively since 2012, hospitals in our network have saved 366,353 lives – an incredible feat.

    We also extended our goal to reach ZERO preventable deaths to 2030.

  17. September 2020

    On World Patient Safety Day, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation hosted a virtual event to honor the 200,000+ lives lost every year due to medical harm. Over 50 speakers shared their heart-wrenching and heroic stories of survival and loss as well as their professional and personal experiences that will help educate and inspire you to #uniteforsafecare

  18. September 2020

    We sunsetted our first commitment-based initiative and shared that over 366,353 lives were saved by hospitals and healthcare organizations in our Network between 2012 and 2020. A fantastic feat that we were happy to shout from the rooftops as their “megaphone” to help others emulate their successes.

    We also launched a new commitment-based model encouraging the 4,793 hospitals and healthcare organizations across the world to commit to ZERO. This new commitment encourages them to go back to the basics, committing to establishing a safe and reliable healthcare. We’re excited to see where this will lead us on our goal to ZERO preventable harm and death across the world by 2030.


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).

We sunsetted our first commitment-based initiative in September 2020. The results of this initiative were amazing! Over 366,353 lives were saved by hospitals and healthcare organizations in our Network between 2012 and 2020. A fantastic feat that we were happy to shout from the rooftops as their “megaphone” to help others emulate their successes.

In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the globe. It impacted our work in a few ways.

  1. Collaboration: Some of the amazing organizations we worked closely with in 2020 were the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, The Leapfrog Group, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, National Association for Healthcare Quality – we partnered on events to help increase our impact, together. We can’t do this work alone, it takes collaboration by all organizations. We believe in the 1 + 1 = 3 concept – we can achieve more together.
  2. Postponement of World Summit: Our 8th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit was scheduled for March 5-7, 2020 and the event was postponed on March 2nd out of an abundance of caution since we were expecting major global attendance and high-profile speakers that we could not risk being exposed to the virus. We were one of the first organizations to cancel an event and we were applauded for our doing the right thing and not worrying about the loss of income because patient safety is our #1 priority, always.
  3. Opportunity Sprouted by the Pandemic: The inability for our clinical team to travel provided a unique opportunity for them to hunker down and strategically strengthen the clinical products and services that were announced in September of 2020. If COVID-19 had not come about it would not have given the clinical team the opportunity to release these new products and services as quickly as they did.
  4. Impact on the Planned “March for Patient Safety” Event: The PSMF staff and volunteers planned to announce the 2nd annual World Patient Safety Day event called “March for Patient Safety” that was due to gather thousands in Washington D.C. on September 17, 2020. Due to the postponement of the Summit this announcement was postponed which caused the team to pivot. Yet again the team was forced to pivot after the Black Lives Matter campaign revealed the risks of organizing large marches in the current climate, particularly in the United States and in our Capitol.

In September 2020 we launched a new commitment-based model encouraging the 4,793 hospitals and healthcare organizations across the world to commit to ZERO. This new commitment encourages them to go back to the basics, committing to establishing a safe and reliable healthcare. We’re excited to see where this will lead us on our goal to ZERO preventable harm and death across the world by 2030. 

The Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) also have expanded from the evidence-based summaries to now APSS Blueprints, APSS Education and APSS Coaching thanks to the growth of our clinical department.

Our Strategic Plan is made publicly available for anyone who might want to view it.

Our Impact

123745

People across the globe committed to ZERO

366353

Lives saved annually by committed hospitals*

*Numbers were self-reported by hospitals between 2012-2020

93

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.

Officers

The following officers support the Board of Directors.

Management and Staff

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.

Fellows

Our 1st Healthcare Safety Fellowship Cohort started in August 2021 and is listed below.

Students and Interns

We are proud to offer opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students to support our Mission. We design learning plans around a student's program of study to help them reach their educational goals. We also offer internships for those looking for professional development, not linked to a program of study.