The 2016 World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit Was A Huge Success!

The 4th Annual Summit brought together leaders from healthcare organizations, the healthcare industry, the patient advocacy community, and public policy makers to discuss solutions to the leading challenges causing preventable death in hospitals.

This year we were proud to have received commitments from organizations representing 1,631 hospitals that have collectively saved 24,643 lives. We also announced the winners of our first ever Patient Safety Innovation Award competition as well as our annual Humanitarian Awards.


Keynote Speaker

Featured Speakers

Humanitarian Awards

Humanitarian Awards

Every year the Patient Safety Movement Foundation identifies the most influential advocates in patient safety and honors them with the Humanitarian Award at the annual World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit. This award recognizes leaders who have made significant progress in eliminating preventable patient deaths so that we can reach our shared goal of zero by 2020. Congratulations to the 2016 winners!

Introduction by Joe Kiani, Founder, Patient Safety Movement

Senator Barbara Boxer

Senator Barbara Boxer is a forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and her State of California. She is a strong proponent of life-saving medical research and wrote bipartisan legislation to accelerate America’s contribution to combat global HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Since becoming aware of the number of preventable deaths in the US, Senator Boxer has been a strong champion of patient safety.  In 2014, Senator Boxer wrote to 283 California acute care hospitals asking them to respond with the actions they are taking to reduce the most common medical errors, leading to the first publication of this report in April of 2014. Senator Boxer visited multiple hospitals in California to bring attention to patient safety and the work that must be done to eliminate preventable deaths.  To date, more than 90% of hospitals have responded to her inquiry and Senator Boxer continues to champion zero preventable deaths in hospitals.

Alicia Cole

Alicia Cole is a survivor of multiple Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs). She is an incredible patient advocate who shares her story with healthcare professionals, legislators and medical students across the country. Alicia collaborates regularly with numerous patient safety organizations including the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to help eliminate harm from preventable hospital acquired infections.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients (ASAP), an organization dedicated to promoting public awareness of the epidemic of hospital acquired infections, mentoring new patient advocates and counseling with other Survivors of Necrotizing Fasciitis and other medical harm.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were honored for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts (ACA).  Not only has their work allowed more people to have access to healthcare, but through the new payment incentives, over 50,000 lives have been saved.

Professor Zacharowski

Professor Kai D. Zacharowski, MD, PhD, FRCA holds the position of the Ordinarius and is the Director of the Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at the University Hospital Frankfurt. His latest hypothesis and research on blood management which was presented for the first time at the World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit, promises to save countless lives, and reduce costs.  The innovative model to reduce pre-opertive anemia is focused on three core concepts: identifying patients at risk for needing transfusion, increasing their hemoglobin level before surgery, minimizing the risk of hitting levels that require blood transfusions. He also released the findings of this groundbreaking study demonstrated up to 20% reduction in red blood cell transfusion, risk of acute kidney injury, and overall costs, without any negative impact to patient safety. The study is pending peer review.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation Innovation Award Competition was a huge success!

Innovation Awards

1st Prize ($50,000): Philippa Makobore
Uganda Industrial Research Institute

Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) introduced a solution to safely regulate infusion electronically. Shock affects 10% of children admitted to African hospitals, of whom approximately 11-12% die, often within hours of admission. Studies have confirmed the detrimental effect of unsafe fluid bolus in young children with the most severe shock. The ECGF Infusion set add-on device, has been designed to significantly improve the efficacy of intravenous fluid and/or drug delivery especially to children under the age of five. It has the capability of accurately administering fluid and/or drugs by dynamically controlling the flow rate based on feedback from a drop sensor module. Additional features include safety, efficiency, ease of use and affordability.

2nd Prize ($25,000): Caroline Puri Mitchell
Fitsi Health

Fitsi Health introduced a hand hygiene solution. This solution was created by a nurse. It is a bedside caddy that gives patients easy access to hand sanitizer and a place to store personal items such as mobile phones, glasses and hearing aids. Its patented design attaches to hospital beds, is easily carried and stands upright on any flat surface. This solution helps reduce the risk of infections and patient falls, improves quality of care and saves healthcare workers time.

3rd Prize ($10,000): Bharath Sithian

PrevenTreat introduced a bed sore prevention system. Heel Pressure Heel Pressure Ulcers (HPU’s) are a preventable, but common wound that occurs in immobile or otherwise bedridden patients. HPU’s can be prevented if the patient’s heels are suspended continuously in the air with pressure transferred to the calf. Healthy Heels® prevents and treats HPU’s through their patented bed sheet and pillow system. Their revolutionary bed sheets have pockets sewn into the foot of the sheet to secure our pillows from moving as the patient sleeps; their superior pillow then keeps the patient’s heels suspended indefinitely during rest. Proven 100% effective in test cases, they hope to make Healthy Heels® the industry standard for HPU prevention and the universal standard for healthcare bed linens.


Keynote Addresses

  • Bill Clinton Founder of the Clinton Foundation 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton Founder of the Clinton Foundation 42nd President of the United States
    Bill Clinton Founder of the Clinton Foundation 42nd President of the United States
  • Joe Kiani, Founder, Patient Safety Movement Foundation Joe Kiani, Founder, Patient Safety Movement Foundation
    Joe Kiani, Founder, Patient Safety Movement Foundation

2016 Midyear Planning Meeting

Midyear Planning

Our annual midyear planning meeting was the largest to date bringing together over 100 medical experts, administrators, patient advocates and government officials for presentations and discussions on patient safety. For the first time, the Foundation held the meeting outside of California and co-convened with the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Falls Church, Virginia.

The meeting is the venue for the annual nomination and selection of new patient safety challenges, or topics where patient death can be prevented if proper protocols are followed by hospital staff. By addressing new challenges and forming Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) we believe we can reduce the number of preventable deaths in hospitals to ZERO by 2020. The group voted on fifteen nominated challenges and three were selected to be the focus at the 5th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit.



Thank you to our committed partners and sponsors for making this event possible.