The second annual Patient Safety Innovation Awards competition, hosted by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), will open on April 1. The 2016 competition invites submissions of novel products and processes from patient safety entrepreneurs and innovators that will help the PSMF meet its goal of zero preventable patient deaths by 2020. Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2016.

Citing the preventable deaths of 200,000 patients in the United States each year (and 3 million people worldwide), the PSMF aims to select three safety innovations with a significant impact that can be easily implemented in hospitals around the world. Entries will be judged by the PSMF’s board members. The organization will award $50,000 for first place, $25,000 for second, and $10,000 for third. The winners will be announced at the 2017 World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in February 2017 in Dana Point, Calif.

“Every year, we are amazed at the innovative minds that attend our annual Summit,” says Michael A.E. Ramsay, president of the Baylor Research Institute and a PSMF board member. “This competition is open to everyone including hospital administrators, healthcare providers, patients, engineers, government leaders, etc. We hope this will not only highlight their work but also allow the global community to become aware of their innovation’s benefits earlier than later.”

For more information, visit the PSMF website.