September 23 - 25, 2013
Patient Safety Forum
Peter Pronovost, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, describes the goals of the Forum on Emerging Topics in Patient Safety, to be held September 23-25 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Despite tremendous efforts and enthusiasm to reduce preventable harm, the science of improving patient safety remains in its infancy, with few examples of widespread success. To significantly accelerate the pace of progress, the Armstrong Institute, in conjunction with the World Health Organization, will be convening patient safety experts and thought leaders from all sectors that influence health care at the inaugural Forum on Emerging Topics in Patient Safety, September 23 - 25 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The event aims to discover new ways of thinking about how to meet key patient safety challenges of the next five to 10 years, as well as to identify untapped opportunities for collaboration that can speed improvement. We also hope to learn from the experiences of other high-risk fields, such as space travel and nuclear power, about how to hard wire safety into an organization.
Breakout sessions are divided into three tracks, each of which seeks recommendations for meeting a key patient safety challenge:
- Designing safe and highly reliable systems of care delivery
- Broadly and more rapidly spreading successful safety and quality interventions
- Developing performance measures that are meaningful to patients, providers, payers and regulators alike
Beyond information sharing, the forum will promote active problem solving, as participants from different communities learn from one another, identify new opportunities to collaborate and develop recommendations to be broadly disseminated. The forum opens with two days of presentations and panel discussions with thought leaders, and concludes on the third day with roundtable discussions that seek to make recommendations for moving forward. Crowd-sourcing methods will be used to gather input from all participants.
The forum will be followed by optional training programs in patient safety and quality improvement, which all begin on September 26.
- Keynote address by Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, aviation safety expert and accident investigator popularly known as the captain of the “Miracle on the Hudson” landing in January 2009
- Keynote address by Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality and Director of the Armstrong Institute
- Sessions led by diverse speakers including leaders of the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Programme, a former director of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, and director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center
- Networking reception and other opportunities to connect with other leaders and peers involved in patient safety work
Who Should Attend
- Chief medical, nursing and quality and patient safety officers from health care delivery organizations
- Scientists and researchers in patient safety and quality improvement
- Thought leaders from all sectors who influence health care, including industry, regulatory, policy-making and insurance
- Leaders of schools for health professions
- Patients and patient-advocacy groups
- Professional associations in medicine and other health-related fields
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