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:
- 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.
- 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.
- “Should Never Happen in Healthcare List” is released by The National Quality Forum; list later becomes the “Never Events List” now widely accepted in healthcare.
- The John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards are established.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dr. Peter Pronovost addresses central line infection safety in his paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, results in instituting the “Medical Safety Checklist”.
- Recognizing that healthcare errors affect one in every 10 patients around the world, the World Health Organization launches “Nine Patient Safety Solutions”.
- 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.
- The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) is passed to promote meaningful use of electronic healthcare records.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Patient-centric prescription labeling format released for all VA Medical Centers by the VA National Center for Patient Safety covering nearly 122 million prescriptions dispensed per year.
- The National Patient Safety Foundation publishes “Safety Is Personal: Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care”.
- Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), American Hospital Association (AHA), and the Symposium for Leaders in Healthcare Quality (SLHQ) issue “Partnering to Improve Quality and Safety: A Framework for Working with Patient and Family Advisors”.
- The Joint Commission publishes “Joint Commission Leaders in JAMA: Physicians & Health Care Organizations Must Take New Approach to Quality and Safety Improvement” in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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