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Patient Safety Conference Overview

Please note: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is no longer offering the Ensuring Patient Safety across the System conference on April 3–4, 2017, in Columbus, OH. Feel free to contact with any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience and will be in touch with​ any future offerings of interest.

Patient safety is deeply rooted in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI's) history. Despite 15 years of deep learning worldwide in the area of patient safety, health systems continue to grapple with the safety of their patients and staff across the continuum. Too often, when it comes to safety, the focus is on a list of projects, rather than making it a complete system property. While projects can be conduits to building safety systems, often they are not fully leveraged and instead remain tied to a single individual or team, making them difficult to sustain.

To challenge the current approach, IHI is introducing a new, two-day conference designed to bring health care teams together to learn about making safety a system property — from ambulatory to acute and post-acute care — using IHI’s Framework for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Care. IHI has developed and honed this framework for more than 10 years, with input from 2,900 Patient Safety Officers, resulting in an execution strategy that can become the backbone for real transformation.

Expert faculty in safety- and quality-system thinking will facilitate this working meeting and will leave you with actionable strategies for making safety a complete system property in your own care setting to ensure safe passage for patients, particularly those at risk.

​​what you'll learn

Bring your team for two intensive days and walk away with:

  • An understanding of achievable improvements in outcomes and joy in work
  • A meaningful roadmap for implementing the framework for safety in your own setting and eventually across the continuum
  • Improvement methodologies and tools necessary to define the critical changes that will allow for successful implementation of the strategy
  • Examples of organizations that have achieved system-level safety both within and outside of the health care industry
  • “How-to” examples that demonstrate real world applications of the concepts presented

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed as a team event, and — because it is designed to encourage adoption of the framework in all areas of the continuum — it will be most effective when teams include representatives from their ambulatory and post-acute care settings. Individuals are also strongly encouraged to represent their teams.

Participants may include:

  • Safety leaders
  • Quality leaders
  • Allied health leaders
  • Administrators
  • Middle managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses


Learn more about IHI's approach to patient safety by downloading our newest White Paper: A Framework for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Care.​​​​​