Twenty years ago, a comprehensive report was published that called to the forefront of the healthcare industry the need to reduce medical errors. The report, “To Err is Human,” demonstrated that nearly 2-4% of deaths in the United States were caused by avoidable medical errors. The publication sparked an evolution in healthcare, one that focused on patient-centered care—and more than anything—better patient safety.
In our new eMagazine, “Patient Safety: 20 Years after ‘To Err is Human,’” thought leaders from across the healthcare industry examine how shifting to patient-centered care has helped organizations across the country sustain a deeper culture of patient safety. By implementing strategies such as optimizing health IT usability, advocating on behalf of patients and supporting healthcare workers, patient safety continues trending upward—leading to better outcomes.