Stand Up For Change

From both human and financial perspectives, the cost of preventable patient death is staggering.

In the United States:

  • 200,000 deaths per year affect millions of family members, friends, and colleagues
  • The economic impact of medical errors is estimated to be between $19.5 and $958B per year


  • Medical errors are the 14th leading cause of death.
  • Preventable in-hospital deaths kill more people than Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria and HIV, combined.

But, as with any challenge of this magnitude, the opportunity to achieve positive change is equally vast.

The Patient Safety Movement is a “big tent” organization that invites the contributions of the broadest spectrum of policy professionals: patient advocates, public officials, public health professionals, and healthcare reformers. The Patient Safety Movement welcomes you all to the fight.

We invite you to review our Challenges & Solutions–– and then contribute your own expertise to the identification of new challenges and the formulation of additional solutions.

Although it’s a painful experience, we encourage you to read our Patient Stories. If you need any additional evidence that preventable death is a major public health issue, you’ll find it there.

Finally, we invite you to attend the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. Attending the Summit, which has emerged as the preeminent patient safety conference in the nation, is an excellent way for you to get immersed––quickly and deeply––in the Movement. You are sure to come away with new policy directions to explore.

Policy Resources

Aligning incentives in healthcare to promote patient safety and eliminate preventable medical errors is core to the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s mission. To this end, the Foundation has developed a number of rapidly-implementable public policy recommendations that will enable us to reach our goal of ZERO preventable deaths by 2020.

Challenges and Solutions

In addition to challenging healthcare technology companies on interoperability, the Patient Safety Movement is challenging healthcare providers. Specifically, we are asking them to commit to implementing at least one of the Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS).