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PATIENT SAFETY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The Tenth National Quality Colloquium will address the current issues and challenges ahead for patient safety and healthcare quality within the United States. The Colloquium is the first in-depth executive education event to address the challenging issues of healthcare quality enhancement and medical error reduction on a university campus.

The Colloquium has been held on the campus of Harvard University since 2000, focusing initially on healthcare privacy, security and HIPAA, as well as healthcare quality and medical error reduction.

The 2011 Colloquium will address issues surrounding patient safety and quality in the light of major changes stemming from health reform. These issues include accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, using data for quality and safety, and value based purchasing, as well as governance, curriculum innovation, performance excellence, and meeting the needs of patients. The program will focus on interactive sessions using experiential tools to maximize learning from speakers and other participants.

Many hospitals, clinics, health plans, patient safety organizations, and private companies have launched initiatives to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety, patient satisfaction, and quality of care. The Colloquium will feature interactive sessions that focus on case studies and lessons learned from a variety of safety and quality improvement initiatives, as well as presentations from organizations and individuals who have succeeded in reducing or eliminating risks to patients and improving the safety of their care.

The frequency and magnitude of issues and problems regarding patient safety and quality have been well-documented and widely discussed. The Colloquium faculty, consisting of national and international leaders in the healthcare quality and safety field, will delve deep into the core issues facing our country and the world today and will provide real world answers and solutions to these issues.

The Colloquium is a program sponsored by the associations listed on the cover of this brochure. It is not an academic program of Harvard University.

The Setting:

Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, was established in 1636 by a vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

It was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard of Charlestown, a young minister who upon his death in 1638, left his library and half of his estate to the new institution. Today, Harvard has grown to become a great undergraduate and graduate research university, with more than 18,000 degree candidates enrolled.

The Colloquium takes place on the campus of Harvard University. Morning and afternoon classes are held in Annenberg Hall of the Memorial Hall Complex. Named in memory of Roger Annenberg, '62, and inspired by the great halls of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, this room is arguably the most impressive space at Harvard. For years Harvard students took major examinations at Annenberg Hall. It has also been the site of many significant ceremonies.

The great Henry James described Annenberg Hall in The Bostonians as "the great bristling brick Valhalla...that house of honor and hospitality which...dispenses...laurels to the dead and dinners to the living."

Who Should Attend:

  • Clinicians (Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists and Other Health Professionals) engaged in Medical and Ambulatory Care
  • Patient Safety Managers and Officers
  • Educators of Healthcare Providers
  • Trustees of Health Care Organizations
  • Employers and Healthcare Purchaser Representatives
  • Patients, families and others committed to making healthcare safer
  • Health Insurance and Health Plan Executives
  • Hospital and Health System Administrators
  • Quality Assurance and Risk Management Experts
  • Healthcare Consultants, Venture Capitalists and Investment Bankers
  • Healthcare Attorneys and In-House Counsel
  • Health Service Researchers and Health Policy Experts

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the healthcare quality and medical errors challenges facing healthcare today.
  • Explain specific successful patient safety and quality improvement innovations that can be applied by healthcare organizations.
  • Identify new strategies for the design and implementation of patient safety and quality innovations by hospitals, health plans, and medical groups in the light of health reform.
  • Discuss current education initiatives that aim to improve quality and safety within organizations.
  • Describe the respective roles of government, accrediting bodies, the press, employers, technology, health care leaders, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and patients and families in stimulating and supporting patient safety and quality improvement.
  • Participate in a practical program of patient safety leading to a patient safety certificate (optional - click here for more info).




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