MHA Patient Safety & Quality Symposium Focuses on the Patient Perspective

The MHA will host Health Care Through My Eyes: The Patient Perspective, its fifth patient safety and quality symposium, April 25 and 26 at the Dearborn Inn. The symposium is focused on a team approach to participatory health care that responds to the increased demand and accountability for patient-centered care. Studies show that engaged patients and families result in better outcomes, more satisfied patients and lower costs. The symposium will outline the need for the health care community to embrace patient engagement across all market segments.

Several national experts will delve into how to engage patients in their health and work with patients and families to create care that suits the patient’s life and style. Speakers include Dave deBronkart, widely known as “e-Patient Dave,” a noted activist for participatory medicine and personal health data rights; Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, who will outline consumers’ view of their role in health care; Peter Pronovost, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who will discuss approaches to solving major health care problems; and Simon Sinek, who will demonstrate a correlation between values and innovation based on his book Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone.

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Sam R. Watson at the MHA and questions about registration should be directed to Janice Jones at the MHA.

MHA Keystone Center Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

The MHA Patient Safety & Quality Symposium will also serve as an opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MHA Keystone Center. In 2003, Michigan hospitals, in conjunction with the MHA, launched the MHA Keystone Center and made it their goal to lead the nation in patient safety and quality improvement. With support through voluntary contributions from MHA member hospitals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the state and federal governments, the MHA Keystone Center convenes hospitals and state and national patient safety experts to develop and implement evidence-based best practices that improve the safety and quality of care. The voluntary efforts of Michigan hospitals have saved thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars, reduced infections, lowered costs, and have proved sustainable over time. In fact, initiatives pioneered in Michigan are now being emulated by hospitals throughout the country and beyond.

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

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