Brainstorming Solutions to Medical Harm: Creating a National Patient Safety Authority

Webinar Resources


Oct. 16, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST 


Healthcare services and procedures that cause patients bodily harm are major drivers of excess spending, waste and patient suffering. Medical harm—injury resulting from largely preventable events caused by human error in healthcare facilities—is suspected to be the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., despite ongoing work to address patient safety concerns.   

In this webinar, speakers will brainstorm the creation of a National Patient Safety Authority (NPSA)—a centralized authority that will spearhead the effort to prevent medical harm events. These experts will highlight the importance of establishing a NPSA and describe what this entity could look like. They will also discuss the prevalence of medical harm and its impact on patients and families as well as offer actionable suggestions for consumers that wish to advocate for a national patient safety entity.  


Regina Hoffman, MBA, RN, executive director of Pennsylvania’s Patient Safety Authority and editor-in-chief of Patient Safety 

John T. James, PhD, founder, Patient Safety America and former chief toxicologist at NASA Johnson Space Center 

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation 


Webinar Products:

Hub Products:  

Other Hub resources on medical harm: 

Non-Hub Products:  

Austin, J. Matthew, Bernard Black and Peter J. Provonost, “A Standard-Setting Body for US Health Care Quality Measurement,” American Journal of Medical Quality, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Nov. 2018). 

Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative: 

John James, et al., Patient Worries as a Central Feature of their Health Care Experiences, The Health Care Blog 

John James, et al., "Informed consent, shared-decision making and a reasonable patient’s wishes based on a cross-sectional, national survey in the USA using a hypothetical scenario," BMJ