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And 200,000 is the low estimate.
Medical errors will take 200,000+ lives in the U.S. this year.
I attended the World Patient Safety Forum this weekend and learned:
President Bill Clinton spoke. See video at http://medgroup.biz/clinton-kiani
There were very few device manufacturers present.
I asked Jim Bialick, president of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), “We’re talking almost exclusively about mistakes that medical personnel make. How are device players part of the solution?”
“There’s a very clear way,” he said.
“Particularly for those that produce products that create patient data. If information can’t flow together, smart tools that… aid in clinical decision making… aren’t as powerful as they can be.”
Masimo CEO and PSMF founder Joe Kiani added, “If you’re making devices that deliver information, make a pledge to share your data with whomever can use it to aggregate the data to improve patient safety.”
You can do that at http://medgroup.biz/safety-pledge. Zoll CEO Rick Packer (also present) was among the first to make that pledge.
I continued the conversation with Joe.
Hage: For device manufacturers, is this all about data?
Kiani: There are other ways: The way they develop their products, thinking about safety, redundancy, human factors; about the hospital so patients are given the right care at the right time.
Hage: Is there an arm to your movement that deals with human factors, instructions for use, easier training, better precautions…?
Kiani: Not yet! That’s a good idea! Come to our June 10th symposium in Virginia, let us know your thoughts, we’ll try to incorporate them.
So if you have an idea regarding patient safety, start with the discussion below and ask me for June 10 details.
You can see the full Clinton keynote and short Bialick and Kiani interviews at http://medgroup.biz/clinton-kiani
For today’s discussion, is patient safety even on your company’s radar? Do you see it as an opportunity, an expense, or both?
And if you’re presently doing something about patient safety, please share it here. You deserve recognition!
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