Patient Safety Movement Foundation Gains Momentum Toward Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020

Healthcare Quality Institute’s Commitment Aims to Save 1,000s of Lives

Irvine, CA

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today that the Healthcare Quality Institute (HQI) – encompassing 400 hospitals in California – has made a commitment to Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020 (0X2020), potentially saving thousands of lives and as much as $67 million.

HQI’s mission is to assist hospitals to achieve zero defects, optimize clinical effectiveness, and enhance patient and family experience. Among its goals is to make California the safest state in the nation by 2017. HQI joins a growing list of healthcare systems and medical device companies that are making commitments and pledges to reach the goal of Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020.

HQI consists of several programs focusing on quality improvement and patient safety. Included in those efforts are the California Hospital Engagement Network (CalHEN), the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO), and Patient Safety First Collaborative.

“Health care is undergoing rapid and profound change. Everything we do is of consequence. Our collective alignment and leadership will make a difference in better care, better health, and lower costs for Californians,” said HQI President and CEO Julie Morath.

Included in HQIs commitment is a plan to reduce sepsis mortality. Through Phase 1 of the Patient Safety First collaborative, sepsis mortality in California was reduced by 26 percent in participating hospitals. Through this effort the collaborative reported 253 lives saved and more than $38 million in costs avoided. Sepsis, however, is a priority for all HQI hospitals and they are working to decrease sepsis mortality by 20 percent in 2015, representing another 303 lives saved.

The Early Detection of Sepsis has been identified as one of the new Actionable Patient Safety Solutions that will be addressed at the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s 2015 Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, January 23-24, 2015 in Irvine, Calif.

“CDC estimates that from 2000 to 2008 the number of hospitalizations with sepsis has increased by 84 percent and contributes to 28 to 50 percent of all hospital deaths in U.S. This is consistent with a larger, more troubling trend, that our hospitals are less safe than they have ever been. But due to the commitments made by HQI this is not the case in California and we are thrilled to have them as a part of the movement,” said Patient Safety Movement Founder and Chairman Joe Kiani.

About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare, to reduce that number of preventable deaths to 0 by 2020 (0x2020). Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payors. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems and solutions of patient safety. The Foundation also convenes Patient Safety, Science and Technology summits. The first annual Summit was held in January 2013 and brought together some of our nation’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact recipes to meet patient safety challenges, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data for whom their products are purchased, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Foundation is working toward zero preventable deaths by 2020. Visit

About HQI

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) was established in April 2013 to realize statewide impact of improving patient safety and quality care for all Californians, to accelerate the rate of improvement, and to advance California as a national leader in quality performance. For more information please visit:

Media Contacts

Irene Paigah
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Phone: (858) 859-7001