SOURCE: Patient Safety Movement Foundation

January 16, 2015 12:00 ET

Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Keynote Remarks on Closing Day of Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 16, 2015) - The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address on the second and final day of the Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit, to be held Jan. 23-24, at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, Calif.

"We are honored to have Vice President Biden at this year's Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit," said Patient Safety Movement founder Joe Kiani. "His leadership in helping improve access to healthcare aligns with our mission to improve patient safety for all Americans."

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address on the summit's first day. The summit will feature Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) commitments to address three new challenges, including early detection of sepsis, patient and provider assertiveness, and optimal resuscitation. To date, nine APSS have been developed by stakeholders representing more than 500 hospitals and have been responsible for more than 6,000 lives saved annually.

From the Recovery Act to the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-Biden Administration has made significant investments in making hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly. Through collaboration with hospitals, providers, health care technology companies, and consumers, these investments are starting to show a measurable impact. New data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that hospital-acquired conditions declined by 17 percent from 2010 to 2013, resulting in 1.3 million fewer patient harms and 50,000 lives saved. The Partnership for Patients, which includes 3,700 participating hospitals are focused on making hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly. 

About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare, to reduce that number of preventable deaths to 0 by 2020 (0x2020). Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payors. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems and solutions of patient safety. The Foundation also convenes Patient Safety, Science and Technology summits. The first annual Summit was held in January 2013 and brought together some of our nation's best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact recipes to meet patient safety challenges, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data for whom their products are purchased, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Foundation is working toward zero preventable deaths by 2020. Visit www.patientsafetymovement.org.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Irene Paigah
    The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
    Phone: (858) 859-7001
    E-mail: irene@paigah.com