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The Healthcare Colloquium Conference Series addresses issues of healthcare policy and practice through executive courses offered at major academic institutions. The first Colloquium, which addressed the impact of the Internet on healthcare, took place on the campus of Harvard University in August of 2000. Subsequent Colloquia, held on the campus of Harvard, focused on healthcare privacy, data security, and HIPAA in 2001 and 2002, and on healthcare quality and medical error reduction in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The 2009 special edition of the Colloquium will address the issues of patient safety, healthcare reliability, teams and team training, medical education, and medical errors reduction. The program will focus on interactive sessions using experiential tools to maximize learning from speakers and other participants.

The Colloquium is not an academic program of Harvard University. It is a program sponsored by the major association sponsors listed on the face of the brochure.

The Colloquium:

  • is held on major university campuses to facilitate the learning environment,
  • provides a unique approach to executive education in healthcare,
  • is intensive and limits capacity so that participants have access to the first rate faculty,
  • emphasizes networking opportunities with other participants, and
  • posts faculty materials and secondary source materials to the Colloquium web site.

The Topic:

The magnitude of the patient safety problem has been well-documented by the Institute of Medicine and widely discussed. The Colloquium faculty of national and international experts will dig deeper into the underlying causes of these problems and articulate possible proven solutions. This special edition of the Healthcare Colloquium Series provides a strategic road map for healthcare purchasers, plans and providers in their efforts to enhance patient safety, reduce medical errors, and improve healthcare quality. The program in 2009 will focus on interactive presentations that enable the participants to learn while being engaged by other learners.

Many hospitals, clinics, health plans, and others have launched a variety of initiatives to reduce medical errors and improve safety. Many such initiatives have enjoyed substantial success in reducing risks and enhancing the safety of patient care in these organizations. The Colloquium will feature case studies in successful efforts in safety improvement and will focus on presentations from organizations and individuals that have succeeded in reducing or eliminating risks to patients and improving the safety of their care.

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, afternoon and evening 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 Bostonian 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 Officers
  • Educators of Healthcare Providers
  • Trustees of Health Care Organizations
  • Employers and Healthcare Purchaser Representatives
  • Patient, 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 American healthcare.
  • Explain specific successful patient safety innovations that can be applied by healthcare organizations.
  • Discuss strategies to successfully design and implement patient safety innovations in hospitals, health plans, medical groups and ambulatory healthcare settings.
  • Describe the respective roles of government, accrediting bodies, the press, employers, technology and information systems, hospitals and health systems, physicians and physician organizations, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and patients and families in stimulating and supporting patient safety improvement.
  • Assemble a practical program of patient safety officer training.

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