About this time each year as the craziness of the holiday season resides, we start looking forward to spring and our favorite event here at the WPSC: The Annual NW Patient Safety Conference! The only event of its kind in the Western United States, the Conference brings innovative, stimulating, and challenging ideas to a broad audience. Presentations and discussions are of interest to patients and family members, providers from all settings, and others interested in and responsible for patient safety. This year’s Conference will be our 15th year, and we’re shaping it up to be a great one! Our agenda is still in the works, but currently headed up with two sessions you won’t want to miss. This week’s Friday 5 takes a closer look at our annual event and the expertise of our featured speakers.  

To learn more about the 2017 NW Patient Safety Conference, including speakers, topics, registration, and our increased sponsorship benefits, dive right into this week’s Friday 5!

This Week's "Friday 5":
Teasers & Speakers for the NW Patient Safety Conference

Dr. David Classen
Keynote Speaker

We were pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the 2017 Northwest Patient Safety Conference, Dr. David Classen - Chief Medical Information Officer, Pascal Metrics. An expert in Health IT, Dr. Classen is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and an Active Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. See his work featured here: 

1. Development and implementation of the CPOE/EHR flight simulator for the Leapfrog Group and National Quality Forum:
Read Blog

2. Contribution to the development of the "Global Trigger Tool," featured in Health Affairs:
Read Article.
3. In conversation with AHRQ about safety reporting systems:

Read Interview.

Dr. Tom Gallagher
Workshop Presenter

Also, featuring a hands-on workshop in Communication & Resolution Programs! This interactive session will be presented & hosted by Dr. Tom Gallagher. Dr. Gallagher is a general internist who is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington. Tom’s research addresses the interfaces between healthcare quality, communication, and transparency. Tom partners with the WPSC and other statewide agencies in spreading the awareness and use of Communication and Resolution Programs throughout Washington. See his work featured here:

4. Collaboration with Regulators to Support Quality and Accountability Following Medical Errors: The Communication and Resolution Program Certification Pilot:
Read Abstract.

5. Development of Communication and Resolution Programs (CRPs) that provide a patient-centered response to adverse events and ensure gaps in care are closed:

See Website.


Registration is open with new pricing options available
Early Bird Rates in effect until 3/24/17

WPSC Member: $250 Non-Member: $425 (with full 1 year WPSC membership) or $300 (event registration only, no WPSC membership)

NEW THIS YEAR: In an effort to promote more attendance from patients and patient advocates, we are holding a limited number of deeply reduced tickets within this category. THESE ARE FIRST COME/ FIRST SERVE! Other rate specials apply for patients/ families, students, poster presenters, and sponsors!

We are still seeking speaker and poster abstracts.


We’ve increased sponsorship benefits, adding even more opportunities to showcase your organization’s hard work and commitment to patient safety!


Celebrating 2016 & Looking Forward to 2017

This year has been filled with new activities and exciting developments in the work of the WPSC and its committed members! Join us January 25th from 12 - 1PM as our Program Director, Kelly Veit, MHA details the work of the WPSC in 2016, and what to expect in 2017. We’ll be picking up where our 2015 Year in Review left off; detailing the progress on our new strategic plan, and programmatic goals. Learn more about new and ongoing participation benefits to your WPSC membership, as well as growing opportunities to share your important work with a broad network of fellow patient safety professionals and leaders. We’ll also be giving you a teaser on what to expect at our 15th Annual Northwest Patient Safety Conference. This webinar is open and free to ALL!  Register now.

Kelly Veit, MHA

Program Director. Washington Patient Safety Coalition
Foundation for Healthcare Quality
705 Second Ave. Ste. 410
Seattle, WA 98104 | 206.204.7383


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