The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation are joining forces to hold a summit that aims to help eliminate preventable deaths in US hospitals by 2020. Scheduled for January 11-13, 2014, the stated goal of the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit is to “unite committed healthcare leaders with actionable steps to bring real change to their organizations.”

To be held at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel hotel in Dana Point, Calif, the sumit will focus on three areas: 1) improving the effectiveness of hand-off communications, 2) reducing healthcare-acquired infections, and 3) creating a culture of safety. According to Joint Commission president Mark R. Chassin, MD, the summit “presents an opportunity to gather a unique group of stakeholders—patient advocates and those from medical technology companies and hospitals—to address the most pressing patient safety problems facing the healthcare industry.”

For more information on the event, visit the Patient Safety Movement website.