Tommy Thompson to Share Blueprint for Action to Prevent Medical Errors at NPSF Patient Safety Congress.Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers/High-Tech
CHICAGO & WASHINGTON, D.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2003
Bridge Medical Joins National Patient Safety Foundation and 34
Organizations in Convening Historic Congress During National Patient
Safety Awareness Week
With medical errors again making headlines this year, federal plans to address this issue become increasingly critical. Next week in Washington, the Honorable Tommy Thompson For other people with similar names, see .
Tommy George Thompson (born November 19, 1941), a United States politician, was the 7th U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin. will tell attendees of the nation's foremost patient safety conference what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
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As President George Bush said, in a speech this week in Washington to the American Medical Association's National Advocacy Conference, "Patient safety is improved when doctors and nurses exchange information about problems and solutions." That's exactly what will happen Mar. 12-15 at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel. Healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines will "exchange information" on keeping patients safe . . . as Bridge Medical -- the nation's leading patient safety software company -- joins the National Patient Safety Foundation and 34 organizations in hosting the Fifth Annual NPSF NPSF National Patient Safety Foundation
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The Congress is being held in concert with National Patient Safety Awareness Week -- a national education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at the local level -- celebrated Mar. 9-15. This year's theme: "Communication and Partnership: Safety Starts with All of Us."
"That's what President Bush was talking about," said Carol A. Ley, MD, MPH, who chairs the board of NPSF, an organizational founder of Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW PSAW Pseudo-Surface Acoustic Wave ). "It starts with us communicating and exchanging information."
"We are honored to have Secretary Thompson join us on Mar. 13 as our keynote speaker. His 'View from the Top' will be perfect for this year's Congress theme: 'Let's Get Results: Improving the Safety of Patients.'" The HHS HHS Department of Health and Human Services. secretary is expected to review the federal government's leadership in improving patient safety, and outline federal legislative, regulatory, research and technical assistance initiatives designed to help physicians, providers and patients enhance the safety of U.S. healthcare U.S. Healthcare is a now-defunct healthcare company. The logo had an apple. The merger with Aetna
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Other speakers include experts from the country's leading hospitals and health systems, as well as such organizations as the American Nurses Association American Nurses Association,
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The NPSF Congress -- formerly known as the Annenberg Conference -- has historically attracted a diverse healthcare audience, including executives and department chairs; patient safety officers, quality directors and risk management officers; chief information officers; chief nursing and medical officers; and pharmacists, physicians, nurses and other clinicians. This year, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI IHI Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Boston, MA, USA)
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On Mar. 14, attendees will have an opportunity to find out how to use lessons learned in other industries to improve patient safety . . . then laugh at all the serious challenges healthcare faces. First, Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill will share his experiences as chairman of Alcoa, where his advocacy for a safe workplace led to phenomenal improvements in Alcoa's safety performance. Later that evening, the nationally known "Capitol Steps" -- a group of Congressional staffers-turned-comedians--will address the humorous side of healthcare with their scathing songs, skits and parodies.
More than 40 safety-minded organizations and vendors -- including the Maryland Hospital Association/Quality indicator Project, the Safety Institute at Premier, U.S. Pharmacopeia pharmacopeia /phar·ma·co·pe·ia/ (-ko-pe´ah) an authoritative treatise on drugs and their preparations. See also USP. pharmacopei´al
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The National Patient Safety Foundation was founded in 1996 by the American Medical Association American Medical Association (AMA), professional physicians' organization (founded 1847). Its goals are to protect the interests of American physicians, advance public health, and support the growth of medical science. , CNA (Certified NetWare Administrator) See Novell certification. HealthPro, 3M, and contributions from the Schering-Plough Corporation. An independent, nonprofit research and education organization, NPSF is an unprecedented partnership of healthcare practitioners, institutional providers, health product providers, health product manufacturers, researchers, legal advisors, patient/consumer advocates, regulators and policymakers committed to making healthcare safer for patients. Through leadership, research support and education, the NPSF is committed to making patient safety a national priority.
The NPSF web site offers a variety of educational tools to help hospitals build partnerships with patients in their communities, and both teach and encourage patients to become more involved in their own health care.
NPSF's "Stand Up for Patient Safety" campaign helps hospitals and health systems both observe National Patient Safety Awareness Week and mobilize to take concerted action to reduce medical errors.
On the Net: NPSF site: http://www.npsf.org
On the Net: Congress site: http://www.mederrors.org/program.html
Bridge Medical, Inc. -- an AmerisourceBergen company (NYSE NYSE
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On the Net: Bridge Medical site: http://www.bridgemedical.com
NOTE: For a full text of President Bush's remarks on patient safety and health information technology, visit http://www.bridgemedical.com/patient_gwb.shtml