The Next Wave In Patient Safety? #resiliencemed

Resilience Engineering in HealthcareHealthcare is not a machine to be oiled. It is not something that can be shaved, and tweaked, and optimized to a point of lean flawlessness.

Rather, healthcare is a complex-adaptive system. As such, it’s models for safety and efficiency cannot (indeed must not) rely on the “retrospectoscope” of hindsight. And it certainly, must not name-blame-shame-and-train when handling error or inefficiency. Resilience Engineering may well be the cutting edge of patient safety science. Here’s how you can participate…

Resilience Engineering is a paradigm for safety in complex socio-technical systems, yet, up to this point, its application to healthcare has been quite limited. Resilience engineering focuses on the fundamental systemic characteristics that enable safe and efficient performance in both expected and unexpected conditions.

How can resilience engineering be applied to make our healthcare systems safer? During this two day gathering at the National Academies’ Keck Building in Washington D.C., world experts in resilience engineering and resilient health care will present a set of principles and practices that practitioners can leverage in their efforts to improve safety. The workshop will share knowledge, spark innovative ideas, and inspire new collaborations and partnerships to apply resilience engineering in healthcare. Representatives from sectors of academia, industry, and government will work together to explore the ways in which resilience engineering can be applied in healthcare.

Ideas to Innovation: Simulating Collaborations in the Application of Resilience Engineering to Healthcare is hosted by MedStar Health and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) as the first conference in UIDP’s Ideas to Innovation series. The Ideas to Innovation series provides a unique forum for representatives from diverse arenas to come together and discuss ways to advance the idea to innovation process in emerging technology areas. In addition, these workshops serve as a test bed to demonstrate how best practices and lessons identified by UIDP can be tested and evaluated.

June 13-14, 2013
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, DC

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