For the past 14 years the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has hosted the Patient Safety Congress in Washington, D.C. This year’s meeting is next week, May 23 – 25. The theme is Patient Safety 365: Every day, every patient. HCA will be presenting at this event and I’m privileged to be one of three co-chairs.

The Patient Safety Congress provides a chance to exchange ideas with patient safety experts and practitioners from around the globe. I recently corresponded via email with the president of NPSF, Diane Pinakiewicz, who echoed this sentiment:

“One of the most exciting aspects of Congress is the focus on professional development. We’ll be welcoming more than 100 members of the new American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety, as well as a number of professionals who hold the new credential of Certified Professional in Patient Safety, and will be featuring these and other professional development tools at the meeting.”

HCA has attended the event faithfully since 2001.  We are frequent speakers, presenters and have been sponsors for the last three years. Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Perlin is on the board of directors for NPSF and I am on the board of governors.

This year, Jason Hickok, Karla Miller and Kathryn Mitchell from HCA will lead a session on how to best use data to improve safety performance and shape a positive culture of safety. In this session, attendees will learn:

  • How to identify strategies for using aggregated patient safety data effectively
  • Avoid common pitfalls in the use of voluntarily reported data
  • Discover data analysis methods which support transparency and sustain a culture of safety

If you’re in D.C. next week, we’d love to have you in our session. And please stop by the HCA booth to say “hi” if you have a chance. If you can’t make it, be sure to follow the conference hashtag #NPSF365 for real time info.

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