The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, was named as the first recipient of the program's funds, securing $8.9 million in grant money from the foundation to identify ways to reduce harm, cut costs and engage patients.
Johns Hopkins is one of many partners in the initiative, including the University of California, San Francisco; the Institute of Medicine; Consumers Union and the RAND Corp., the foundation said.
The Patient Care Program's first target will be preventable harms affecting adult patients in acute-care settings, Dr. George Bo-Linn, chief program officer overseeing the new initiative, said in the release.
“Improvements in patient care will be more significant and lasting if patients and their families are actively engaged–especially if we reconfigure clinical processes, care teams and technology into an integrated whole to focus on patient safety,” Bo-Linn said in the release. “Much improvement has occurred, but too many patients still suffer from lapses in quality and safety. It's ambitious to attempt to prevent all harm, but we must strive for no less.”