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​January 26, 2017, 2:00 PM ET: The Next Wave of Patient Safety

  • Derek Feeley, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, IHI

What are your plans to improve patient safety in 2017? Are they hospital-specific or do they extend across the continuum of care? Are they proactive or reactive? Is the work part of an overall system of safety, knitted together by an engaged staff, a thriving safety culture, and continuous learning? However you answer these questions, IHI is heading into the new year more determined than ever to help hospitals and health systems make greater gains in reducing harm to patients, anchored by a renewed focus and new framing. And who better to explain all this than IHI President and CEO, Derek Feeley, and IHI President Emeritus, Don Berwick. They’ve got the microphones on the January 26 WIHI: The Next Wave of Patient Safety, and we hope you’ll tune in.

Derek is eager to talk about six principles that organizations can use to guide their safety work going forward. Among them: Shifting from a mindset of preventing things from going wrong to making as many things as possible go right; and inviting patients and families into the process of co-producing safety as opposed to keeping their input at arm’s length. Derek is also calling for an expansion of harm to encompass disrespect and health disparities and inequities.

Don Berwick wants safety to be less tied to a list of projects and more reflective of how an alert and proactive organization and its staff function every single day. He draws an analogy to professionalism, which, when practiced well, underpins everything, regardless of the specifics.

What are some ways to translate this deepening perspective into action? How do you stay focused on patient safety when so many other performance expectations in health care demand your attention? Derek and Don are ready to discuss, and they’re also ready to entertain any questions you might have about navigating what’s likely to be a challenging  time ahead for health care policy at the federal level. Please join the discussion on WIHI on January 26.