Letter from the Chairman, August 2019

Dear PatientAiders,

We’re nearing the end of summer, which means our Midyear Planning Meeting is just around the corner, September 17th. During this full-day working meeting, global stakeholders across healthcare will collaborate to examine and discuss how we can continue to plan for zero preventable deaths. Attendees will share their experiences and expertise to help us achieve this important mission. I hope to see you there.

We’re also working toward our 8th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, March 5-7, 2020. Important work is being done by our workgroups to expand and update our APSS. Mark your calendars for this milestone event and subscribe to receive Summit updates at: http://bit.ly/2LKnrxJ.

This month’s Spotlight details how the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s (UNAM) medical school integrates our Patient Safety Curriculum with their other course work to train future healthcare providers. UNAM was one of the first medical universities to commit to APSS #17. We encourage other universities to follow their lead and make patient safety an integral part of their education and training.

The blog for this month comes to use from Mesothelioma.com’s Anna Dussing. Dussing provides her insights into EHR, the technical challenges we still face, and the need for greater access to data so we can continue to strive for more accurate healthcare solutions.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organization recognized patient safety as a global health priority and established September 17th as Patient Safety Day. Far too many people and families suffer preventable harm while undergoing care. It’s time for all of use to speak up for patient safety to raise awareness of this critical issue and call for action. It takes courage and conviction to advocate for change whether that’s encouraging your local hospital to implement all of our APSS or working on new legislative policies. You have that courage and that’s why you’ve joined us.

Joe