Overview

Patient SafetyMaking care continually safer by reducing harm and preventable mortality

IHI focuses on innovations that create a system of safety across entire organizations.

We help organizations move from silos of safety to systems of safety by enhancing reliability and resilience.

We are developing new measures to move organizations toward harm-free care and working with leaders on early warning signs for safety and on transparency.

We are also innovating in areas of patient safety that have seen the least attention such as diagnostic error, primary care, and behavioral and mental health.


IHI’s focus on patient safety includes:

  • Galvanizing the safety agenda: In the United States, IHI is spearheading a multi-organizational initiative to create a national action plan for the prevention of harm in health care. IHI is also currently offering guidance on patient safety projects in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
  • Engaging leadership in change: IHI provides strategic guidance and innovative thinking to help leaders at all levels embrace, create, and implement tools and strategies that drive change.
  • Fostering cultures of safety: IHI provides tactical tools and frameworks to assess safety culture, identify areas for improvement, and implement system-wide changes that affect culture.
  • Building skills: IHI offers a range of programs to teach key safety and improvement skills at every level  from students to executives.

We work to embed safety into every system and setting within a patient’s care journey with the belief that patients and those who care for them can and should be free from harm.