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7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit

This is the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s annual meeting where patient safety experts, clinicians, patients, government leaders, hospitals CEOs, medical technology CEOs from around the world come together to discuss challenges and identify solutions in eliminating preventable patient deaths in hospitals.

About the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

Founded in 2012, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) is a global nonprofit dedicated to eliminating preventable patient deaths in hospitals by the year 2020 (#Plan4Zero). There are currently 35 Regional Network Chairs in 17 countries around the world.

  • More than 4,710 hospitals across 46 countries have made public commitments to eliminate preventable patient deaths by 2020.
  • The Foundation has identified the main challenges in hospitals and provided easy to implement solutions called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions.
  • These commitments and their processes are public here

Announced Today

  • Hospitals that have made a commitment to the Patient Safety Movement have reported over 90,146 lives have been saved in 2018 by implementing processes to improve safety.

Available for Interview

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  • Joe Kiani, Founder & Chairman, Patient Safety Movement Foundation; Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Masimo
  • David B. Mayer, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Patient Safety Movement Foundation; Vice President, Quality and Safety, MedStar Health
  • Peter Pronovost, MD, PHD, FCCM, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, University Hospitals
  • Ariana Longley, MPH, Chief Operating Officer, Patient Safety Movement Foundation
  • Patient Advocates:
    • Audrey Curtis, Patient Advocate (patient story)- She developed delirium after an aorta repair and pulled out all her tubes and had horrific nightmares. Postoperative delirium can be prevented, so we hope by sharing Audrey’s story we’ll prevent unnecessary harm and death in the future.
    • Jack Gentry Patient Safety Specialist & Advocate (patient story)- A story of how a determined patient, a dedicated physician and a health system committed to open, honest communication worked together to make the best of a tragic situation. Jack went in for spine surgery and the surgeon made a mistake leading him to become paralyzed.
    • Carole Hemmelgarn, MS, MS, Patient Advocate (patient story)- Her 11-year old daughter Alyssa died of Clostridium difficle but the hospital withheld information from family for 2 years 7 months and 28 days. Carole seeks transparency in healthcare.
    • Jamie King, Patient Advocate (patient story) – Jamie’s wife’s cesarean section was delayed costing the life of their son, Benjamin. The hospital where this took place hid information and destroyed evidence showing a lack of transparency in the system.
    • Kathy Kay, Patient Advocate and retired Nurse (patient story) – Kathy was saved by the use of an advance alert monitoring system at Kaiser Permanente. This is a story to show that in addition to tragic stories, there are also good catches to learn from and mimic.
    • Scott Morrish, Patient Advocate (patient story)- Scott’s son, Sam, died preventably of Sepsis. He now works to try to push transparency through the NHS in England.


  • Delirium – Delirium is a condition of acute cerebral dysfunction and maybe seen in the early postoperative period or in the ICU patient. It occurs frequently in elderly patients and the diagnosis is missed as hypoactivity occurs in the majority of patients, but in some patients, it is hyperactivity and needs immediate intervention. It is predictive of cognitive decline, longer time in the hospital, and increased mortality. Recent studies have demonstrated a signature of dementia on EEG that may open doors to early diagnosis, etiology, treatment and prevention. The PSMF has taken this on as its latest challenge to save lives.
    • MODERATOR: Michael A.E. Ramsay, MD, FRCA, Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Baylor University Medical Center; President, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute
    • Daniel Arnal Velasco, MD, Patient Safety and Quality Committee Chair, European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)
    • Lee Fleisher, MD, Professor & Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Chair, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Perioperative Brain Health Initiative
    • Adrian Gelb, MD, Secretary, World Federation Societies of Anaesthesiologists; Distinguished Professor (Emeritus), University of California San Francisco
    • Pratik Pandharipande, MD, MSCI, Professor and Chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    • David A. Scott, MD, PhD, Director of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne; Professor, University of Melbourne School of Medicine; Chair of Perioperative Cognition and Delirium Professional Interest Area, Alzheimer’s Association International
    • Audrey Curtis, Patient Advocate (patient story)- She developed delirium after an aorta repair and pulled out all her tubes and had horrific nightmares. Postoperative delirium can be prevented, so we hope by sharing Audrey’s story we’ll prevent unnecessary harm and death in the future.
  • Healthcare Technology Leadership Panel – Transparency, striving for zero preventable harm, and continuous learning from serious safety events are hallmarks of successful health systems. Open Communication and Resolution programs (CRP) are being embraced as effective alternatives to historic “deny and defend” approaches to serious preventable patient harm. CRP programs encourage transparent communication with patients and families after serious patient harm, seek a lasting and fair resolution, and provide support to caregivers involved in the event. Most importantly, through transparency, CRP allows for effective system learning and process improvements that lower risk to future patients. This panel will share examples of CRP and discuss benefits and barriers to this alternate approach.
    • MODERATOR: Omar Ishrak, PhD, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Medtronic
    • Ed Cantwell, President & Chief Executive Officer, Center for Medical Interoperability
    • Katherine Kay, Patient Advocate
    • Jan Kimpen, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Philips
    • Donald Rucker, MD, MBA, MS, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services
    • Anders Wold, BSc, President and Chief Executive Officer, Clinical Care Solutions GE Healthcare
  • Hospital Leadership Panel: Transparency from the Legal Perspective – The Patient Safety Movement encourages initiatives that foster a marketplace for healthcare analytics, supporting clinical decision making by healthcare professionals and addressing the leading causes of preventable deaths. Creating the patient data superhighway is complex and the first step is to pledge to share data. During this panel, technology company executives that have signed the Movement’s Open Data Pledge will discuss how data sharing enables patient safety and how the marketplace has evolved to embrace the open exchange of data without interference or charge. The patient advocacy perspective will be addressed by panelist Kathy Kay whose deterioration was identified early using predictive algorithms. Her story is a good catch story to show progress being made today.
  • Leading Causes of Preventable In-Hospital Deaths Panel – This panel will focus on the flipside of how patient safety is typically viewed. Instead of a Safety I perspective where ‘as few things as possible go wrong’ we need to ensure that ‘as many things as possible go right’. This perspective is know as Safety II. The panelists of this session will address how their facilities are focused on their successes and learning from them. The panel also includes a patient advocacy perspective from a mother who lost a child and has hope that Safety II will help us advance faster.
  • Media Panel – Members of the press discuss and debate how the media has elevated coverage on patient safety over the last year, highlighting the importance of this focus to expedite change in the
    coming years and through 2020. The discussion will cover the power of social media, the pros and cons of news outlets participating in hospital rankings, and sharing data on the quality of care provided by clinicians. Panelists will express their thoughts on how clinicians can partner with the media to improve patient safety messaging as well as the types of investigative stories that have created long-lasting change and new laws.

  • Pushing Transparency & Aligned Incentives through Policymakers – This panel will engage in a lively discussion on the importance of pushing transparency and aligned incentives through policymakers. The panel will be moderated by the former U.S. Surgeon General and include panelists that have been helping to push transparency themselves in their roles – both as lawyers and patients. Scott Morrish will talk about the loss of his 3 year old son, Sam, and his work in the United Kingdom pushing transparency through the Parliament.

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