Date: December 16, 2014
- Robert Wachter, MD, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
WIHI is pleased to present a special edition podcast, featuring renowned hospitalist and health care safety expert, Dr. Robert Wachter. WIHI recorded Dr. Wachter’s remarks on December 10, 2014, in Orlando, Florida, at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 26th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care.
Robert Wachter is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, where he directs the 60-physician Division of Hospital Medicine. He’s the author of 250 articles and six books, coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996, and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest-growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. In 2004 Dr. Wachter received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation's top honor in patient safety. He is currently completing a book about how computers are changing the practice of medicine, which will be published in 2015.
Dr. Wachter (pictured above left) spoke for about fifty minutes and then took questions from the audience, moderated by IHI’s Director of Communications, and WIHI Host and Producer, Madge Kaplan (pictured above right with Dr. Watcher). The podcast begins with IHI Executive Director Frank Federico introducing Dr. Wachter.