Friday, April 30, 2010

Hello, Columbus


I am currently in Columbus, Ohio, where I was invited to be one of two keynote speakers on quality and safety issues at the Central Ohio Patient Safety Conference. This is an annual conference organized by a number of hospitals in the area who decided years ago that "we compete on everything, but we don't compete on safety."

The other keynote speaker is one of my heroes, Robert Wachter, who is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Bob is a leader in patient safety. In 2004 he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety, and his 2008 book, Understanding Patient Safety, received stellar reviews and is already in its 2nd printing. He also writes a great blog.


This is a serious conference, with about 500 doctors, nurses, and others focused on ways to reduce harm to patients. And these folks have produced results. The chart above gives just one indication, showing improvement in care to heart failure patients. At one point, the chairman asked half the people in the audience to stand up to demonstrate the number of lives saved in just the last year for this group of hospitals, just with regard to one of the metrics collected.

Here are some of the people who attended. They were wonderful hosts to this interloper from the East Coast!



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Would a transcript be available at some point? I'd like to hear Dr. Wachter's speech (and yours too, of course, but this blog probably predicts it!).

nonlocal

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, so I checked online and there is no transcript or audio tape. Wonder where the Boston Herald reporter got hers?

nonlocal MD

Paul Levy said...

I don't believe there was an official audio recording made. One of the speakers mentioned that some material being presented was still protected by peer review process rules.

There was a young man who came up to talk with me, with no conference identification badge, and he was clearly carrying a taping device as we talked. He said he was "an independent academic researcher" and when I asked more, he said he was from the University of Oregon. None of the conference leaders recognized him. That was odd because the conference was just for people from the hospitals in the consortium. He left shortly after my speech.