The Patient Safety Timeline

Hospital Administrators, Healthcare Workers, and Physicians are at the forefront of the Patient Safety Movement. This timeline covers just some of the milestone events and people that have helped save thousands of lives:

2000

  • Publication of the book, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System by the Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine, sparks the patient safety movement in America.

2001

  • Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century is published by the Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine, spurring healthcare quality movement.

2002

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2003

  • Dr. Elizabeth A. McGlynn paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that medicine “gets it right” about 55% of the time when evidence is clear on what to do.

2004

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  • Medicare launches HospitalCompare.HHS.gov, a public reporting of hospital outcome measures.
  • Joint Commission launches patient safety goals and conducts hospital inspections with no more than 30 minutes of notice.

2005

  • Don Berwick of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement launches the 100,000 Lives Campaign, designed to create a community of patient safety/evidence-based hospitals.

2006

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2008

  • Dr. Michael Cohen, President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, an organization specializing in understanding and reducing medication errors, is awarded the John Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety.

2009

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2010

  • John H. Eichhorn, MD and James L. Reinertsen, MD receive the 2010 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award (Individual Achievement). Dr. Eichhorn is recognized for his work in improving the quality and safety of anesthesia care. Dr. Reinertsen receives the award in recognition for life-long leadership in raising the level of health care quality and safety in medical groups, hospitals, and health systems.

2011

  • Kenneth I. Shine, MD receives the 2011 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award (Individual Achievement). Dr. Shine is recognized for the many leadership roles he assumed over years that have led to improved quality and safety of healthcare nationwide.

2012

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2013

  • Dr. Lucian Leape suggests that the number of Americans who die each year from medical errors is likely much higher than the figures estimated thirteen years earlier in To Err Is Human.

2014

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2015

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