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Brigham and Women's Hospital expert joins national patient safety summit

Brigham and Women's Hospital will be featured in a documentary on patient safety that will be screened following the summit

Brigham and Women's Hospital

At a time when patient safety has become a key driver for focusing national attention on health care quality, Dr. David Bates' work has not only shown the magnitude of the problem, but also provided a blueprint to help solve it. Dr. Bates, senior vice president for Quality and Safety and chief quality officer at BWH and an internationally renowned expert in patient safety, will join government, quality, patient advocate, and other leaders at the Patient Safety - Health Information Technology Summit: Interactive Dialogue Regarding Critical Issues in HIT and Imaging to discuss critical issues in health information technology and imaging at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Friday, April 27.

Dr. Bates, who led a seminal study on drug-related injuries, demonstrating that the most effective way to prevent serious medication errors is to focus on improving systems, has published dozens of studies on how computerized, evidence-based guidelines can improve quality and efficiency. He will lead and engage in conversations around the recent Institute of Medicine HIT and Patient Safety Report, healthcare analytics and reporting, and will talk about his experience leading patient safety campaigns at BWH. Dr. Bates will also join pilot Sully Sullenberger on a panel to discuss lessons from aerospace and best practices that can be applied to both industries

Following the summit, the documentary Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board™, produced by Dr. Chuck Denham and the Texas Medical Institute of Technology, will be premiered for national leaders and the public. Dr. Bates and BWH's leadership in the area of health information technology in patient safety will be featured in the documentary. The documentary aims to educate viewers and provide a call to action to develop and enhance the ways in which those in the healthcare industry can keep both patients and caregivers safe. Documentary spokespersons Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt will also be in attendance.


Among his many leadership roles, Dr. Bates has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles and is an external program lead for research in the World Health Organization's Global Alliance for Patient Safety, president-elect of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), and the associate editor of the Journal of Patient Safety. Previously he has served as board chair for the American Medical Informatics Association. His work on computerized physician entry led the Leapfrog Group to select it as one of three changes that could most improve healthcare in America.

He also practices as a general internist and serves as chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, at BWH and is a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. He also serves as medical director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partners HealthCare and directs the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The summit will be broadcast live over the Internet and Twitter hashtag is #HITTMIT. Register for global broadcast and find a complete list of speakers at

Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 793-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery network. BWH is the home of the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, the most advanced center of its kind. BWH is committed to excellence in patient care with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery. The BWH medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives and its dedication to educating and training the next generation of health care professionals. Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Biomedical Research Institute (BRI), , BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, involving more than 900 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by more than $537 M in funding. BWH is also home to major landmark epidemiologic population studies, including the Nurses' and Physicians' Health Studies and the Women's Health Initiative. For more information about BWH, please visit

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