Working with experts, activists and healthcare stakeholders, the Masimo Foundation commits to build a Patient Safety Movement to unite and educate important players across the healthcare industry (clinicians, administrators, medical technology companies, insurance/payers, government, and patients). This movement will confront the problem of preventable deaths with actionable ideas and innovations that can transform the process of care dramatically, improve patient safety, and help eliminate patient preventable deaths -- one commitment, one hospital, and one patient at a time. By building the Patient Safety Movement, and spearheading the creation of a Patient Safety Movement Foundation to oversee an annual summit, meetings, and educational efforts, the Masimo Foundation will work to accomplish one goal: zero preventable patient deaths by the year 2020.
Through this commitment to patient safety, the Masimo Foundation plans to create a Patient Safety Movement Foundation, a 501c3. This formal organization and partnership will convene other organizations and stakeholders committed to reducing preventable deaths. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) will host summits, meetings, and educational efforts to identify and confront large-scale patient safety problems with actionable ideas and innovations. These activities aim to transform the process of care to dramatically improve patient safety in hospitals, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs. The Masimo Foundation will commit $10 million to the Patient Safety Movement, in addition to other technical and educational support, and plans to support the summits until 2020.
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation will work with experts in the field to develop and highlight best practices and proven solutions. PSMF will ask all supporters and summit guests to make a formal, written commitment to patient safety by either implementing one of the solutions presented at the summit, or by making a formal, written commitment on a solution they develop on their own.
The PSMF will work closely with the partners who have made a commitment by requesting mid-year updates to help measure success, looking at lessons learned, and helping to track other important information that can be shared with other stakeholders working to improve patient safety. This is a model that can and will grow; as it grows it will continue to have an increased impact on reducing preventable deaths.
Phase I: January - March 2013
The Masimo Foundation hosted the first annual Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit in January 2013 in California. The Masimo Foundation will create a Patient Safety Movement Foundation, a 501c3, that will be a formal organization and partnership with other organizations and stakeholders committed to reducing preventable deaths and will run all work around the summits from 2013 to 2020.
Working with experts, the Foundation identified a list of some of the leading causes of preventable deaths and compiled fact-based and proven solutions to focus on at the 2013 Summit. The areas of focus were the following: 1) Failure to rescue, 2) Medication Errors, 3) Overuse of Blood Transfusion, 4) Intravascular Catheter-related Infections 5) Sub-Optimal Neonatal Oxygen Targeting, 6) Failure to Detect Critical Congenital Heart Disease and 7) Technology Barriers: Communication/Interoperability, Access to Patient Data. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation and Summit provided all Summit information online as a resource. The Foundation also provided education at hospitals and academic institutions through accreditation programs and will provide additional online resources on an ongoing basis the entire year.
The goal of this first summit was to get at least 5 hospitals to make a formal commitment to implement one of the patient safety solutions, presented at the summit, at their institution. The second goal was to get at least 5 Medical Technology companies to commit to creating inoperability of their device communication and data accessibility a reality.
Phase II: April - August 2013
The Foundation will work with Hospitals, Med-Tech companies and other stakeholders who made commitments at the Summit. In July 2013, the Foundation will convene a mid-year meeting and ask stakeholders to report on lessons learned regarding the 2013 topics of focus, and work to develop the focus of the 2014 Summit topics. These experts and leaders will help identify the leading causes of preventable deaths that should be addressed at the 2014 Summit based on research and first-hand experience. They will also be part of the process in creating the proven solutions that will be developed at the summit.
Phase III: September - December 2013
In November 2013, the Foundation will work with the partners who have made a commitment to get their commitment updates to help measure success, look at lessons learned, and help track other important information that can be shared with other stakeholders working to improve patient safety. Plans for the January 2014 Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit will also commence.
Phase IV: January 2014-January 2020
In January 2014, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation will convene the Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit and highlight the successes regarding lives saved and lessons learned in 2013. They will also focus on the three top patient safety topics for 2014. Working with the healthcare community, they have determined the 2014 topics will be 1) Hospital Acquired Infections, 2) Hand off communications and 3) Creating a Culture of Safety.
The foundation will continue to convene annual summits until January 2020 with a goal of getting to zero preventable hospital deaths. The Foundation will engage hospitals, med-technology companies and all healthcare stakeholders and continue to get formal commitments from each and require annual result updates.
Each year the Foundation and Summit will measure the success from the previous year, lives saved, best practices, commitments made and progress. The Foundation is committed to get medical technology companies to for the first time in history to sign pledges to share their data to address the current patient safety problem of interoperability.
The foundation will collaborate and partner with government officials regarding positive initiatives and actions to improve patient safety.
The foundation will launch and execute an education outreach effort to communicate with healthcare professionals, students, government officials as well as the general public. It will launch a public awareness campaign including social media, public service announcements as well as other outreach efforts.
The Patient Safety Movement's plan is to continue to break down silos between hospitals, medical technology companies, patient advocates, patients, the government and all the stakeholders affected in healthcare-everyone. The movement will push toward zero preventable deaths by 2020.
Each year, there are over 200,000 preventable patient deaths in U.S. hospitals alone, more than 3,800 every week. Globally, the preventable patient death toll is estimated to be ten times higher, at almost 3 million. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the number of deaths from hospital-acquired infections (HAI) alone to be 1.4 million (roughly 10-times that of the U.S. HAI figure). Preventing avoidable patient deaths can be largely addressed by raising awareness of the leading causes of preventable deaths and by making known the successful processes, procedures, and proven solutions that are available today.
The Masimo Foundation is committed to helping solve the growing problem of preventable patient deaths, and is uniquely poised to address this issue. The organization's core focus is to encourage and promote activities that improve patient safety and deliver advanced healthcare to people worldwide. The Foundation has been heavily involved with and supportive of leading studies, programs, initiatives, and organizations focused on patient safety and working to reduce preventable deaths.
After leaving the CGI annual meeting in September 2012, The Masimo Foundation was inspired to create the first annual Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit, held in January 2013. The summit convened key stakeholders, including hospital executives, board members, doctors, nurses, patient safety experts, patient advocates, and others, to formally commit to work together to implement actionable and measurable solutions, with the goal of eliminating preventable deaths. The inaugural Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit made history when for the first time nine leading medical device companies publicly committed to make their devices interoperable. The groundbreaking commitments will make patient data collected and displayed on their devices accessible for patients and clinicians - launching a movement designed to reverse the rising tide of preventable patient deaths at U.S. hospitals. Companies included: Cerner, Cercacor, Drager, GE, Masimo, Smith Medical, Sonosite, Surgicount & Zoll. The Foundation recognizes that getting stakeholder commitments and measuring outcomes is necessary to achieve the group's collective goal of virtually eliminating preventable patient deaths by 2020.