Safety advocates are working to establish a patient-safety alliance akin to an aviation group credited with helping to reduce fatal accidents in that industry.
Physician and patient-safety researcher Peter Pronovost is leading the effort to develop the Public Private Partnership to Promote Patient Safety, or P5S. Writing in Health Affairs, Pronovost said the alliance would be similar to the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, which brings together manufacturers, airlines, labor organizations, government agencies and international groups to conduct investigations of accidents and near-miss issues and evaluate the effectiveness of best practices implemented to reduce errors.
Pronovost and other advocates, including physician and incoming National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, received a planning grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to refine how the alliance would be financed, operated and governed. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ECRI Institute, the Food and Drug Administration, the Joint Commission and 15 health systems have agreed to participate. Pronovost expects to release more details this summer about how the group would operate.