2012 Telluride Patient Safety Educational Roundtable Gearing Up

The first of three weeks of Patient Safety Education for medical students and residents kicks off in Telluride, CO with the Resident Patient Safety Summer Camp, Monday, June 11th at the Telluride Science Research Center (TSRC). If you are a speaker or student and have not yet registered, use this link to take you to the TSRC home page.

In its 8th year, the Summer Camp has expanded its reach and will train 60 future patient safety leaders in 2012 thanks to the generous support of The Doctors Company. And this year’s cast of patient safety leaders once again promises to provide top notch leadership from those creating meaningful change in health care ! Paul Levy, former President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess, patient advocate, health care social media leader and blogger at Not Running A Hospital, will open the week along with David Mayer MD, founder of the Telluride Summer Camps, and VP of Quality & Safety at MedStar Health System in Washington DC/Maryland who will discuss the educational documentary film series, From Tears to Transparency and lead lively discussions around the value of open, honest communication in health care.

At the end of this first week residents, will be able to:

  1. Give an in-depth presentation based on reasons why open, honest and effective communication between caregivers and patients is critical to patient safety and reducing risk in healthcare.
  2. Apply tools and strategies learned to lead change around reducing patient harm at their own institutions.
  3. Implement, lead and complete a Safety/QI project at their home institution over the coming year.

Alumni, speakers, students, patients, providers along with anyone trying to improve health care, are welcome to join the discussion on Twitter at #TPSER8 starting June 11th, and on the Transparent Health blog throughout the month of June!

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Moving Ahead!

These are exciting times for Transparent Health – in the past few months we have seen the effectiveness of the “Story of Lewis Blackman” in a variety of educational settings – from the closing plenary at the National Patient Safety Foundation annual meeting to the new resident physician orientation at the University of Illinois at Chicago where over 250 new residents and interns watched the movie and reflected upon it with dozens of other health care professionals.

The key to improvement on Patient Safety and Quality relies on transparent, effective, and honest communication between care professionals with patients and their families from the beginning of the patient’s first encounter with a professional or an institution. We feel fortunate to be able to play a role with our colleagues and friends in the dissemination of that critical message.

The past Sixth Annual Telluride Patient Safety curricula meeting helped further refine and assess the “best practice” educational methodologies most effective for preparing the next generation of learners and faculty on the importance of transparency in health care. We look forward to sharing our lessons learned with all those committed to provide safe and high quality health care.

McDonald, Mayer and UIC Awarded AHRQ Grant to Further Patient Safety Efforts

On June 11, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded a number of grants to support State and health systems in their efforts to implement and evaluate patient safety approaches and medical liability reform. Transparent Health Co-Founders, Tim McDonald MD and Dave Mayer MD, along with the University of Illinois at Chicago, are the Principal, and Co-Investigator respectively, on one of the largest remunerated demonstration and planning grants recently awarded by AHRQ, a part of President Barack Obama’s patient safety and medical liability initiative announced last year. See press release for additional details.

“As Co-Executive Directors of the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Patient Safety Excellence [UIC IPSE], Dave Mayer and I feel highly honored that our grant proposal: The Seven Pillars: Bridging the Patient Safety – Medical Liability Chasm received notice of $3M in funding from AHRQ,” comments McDonald. “The grant provides UIC IPSE the resources to transport the “principled approach” to patient harm to at least nine other Chicago area medical centers.”

“The “Seven Pillars” approach, with its emphasis on transparency, 1.) Puts patients first 2.) Concentrates on effective communication 3.) Focuses on the prevention of medical errors and; 4.) Provides for a rapid, compassionate response when inappropriate care causes patient harm,” explains McDonald. “With a rigorous research model, we intend to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach at improving patient safety while simultaneously reducing medical liability. Once demonstrated we hope the model will become a “best practice” throughout all of healthcare and replace the traditional “deny, defend, shame and blame” response to patient harm as it currently exists.”

This is continued affirmation that patient safety, as well as a patient-centered response to medical error, is becoming an even greater priority in the cultural shift medicine is beginning to embrace. We look forward to sharing more about the progress of the Seven Pillars project.

The Story of Lewis Blackman Awarded Highest Honor by Filmmaking Peers

In addition to providing an unforgettable learning experience for health care providers, Lewis Blackman continues to touch the hearts of all who hear his story. Most recently, The Faces of Medical Error…From Tears to Transparency: The Story of Lewis Blackman, was awarded a 2009 Aegis Award—a worldwide film industry honor given to the very best film and video productions of the year. Of the 2,109 entries, The Lewis Blackman Story received top honors, achieving the highest score awarded by a panel of peer judges.

Greg Vass, Executive Producer at SolidLine Media and partner to Transparent Health in the creation of the film said, “It always feels great to be recognized as the best in our field, but I think it feels even better to be part of such a special production project—one that is truly changing healthcare.”

For all of us at Transparent Health, the journey of making this educational film has forever changed us for the better. By sharing Lewis’ story we hope to help providers understand better ways of both preventing and managing medical error while embracing transparency and full disclosure related to the care they provide. We also hope to empower patients and their families by providing relevant information they can carry with them to the hospital. Please view the trailer to the film and share your comments:

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