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 head of the Office of the National Coordinator 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, Food and Drug Administration, Joint Commission and 15 health systems have agreed to participate.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also announced it is seeking personal health-record proposals for grants through its Project HealthDesign program, with up to $2.4 million available to teams that want to collect health data from everyday life and assess its use in the clinical-care process.