Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 5.10.06 PMThe National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute has released a compendium of the executive summaries and recommendations from five other reports published by the Institute between 2010 and 2015. Transforming Health Care, as it’s called, was recently announced at the 18th Annual Patient Safety Congress in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“We hope this publication serves as a call to action for health care leaders, who can use it to inform discussions, implement recommendations, set work priorities, and make decisions that, though sometimes difficult, are necessary to improve patient safety,” said Gary Kaplan, MD, chair of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System.

The document centers around five areas identified by experts as being crucial to enhancing patient safety throughout a health system. Those areas are:

  1. Transparency
  2. Care integration
  3. Patient/consumer engagement
  4. Restoration of joy and meaning in work and workforce safety
  5. Medical education reform

“Leaders of organizations don’t necessarily know where or how to begin in approaching these issues,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, president and CEO of NPSF and president of the Institute. “We urge healthcare leaders to use this resource to assess where their organizations stand in the journey to safer care and to help map out how they can accelerate their progress.”

The report is available for free download on the NPSF website.