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$500 million grant’s goal is to eliminate ALL preventable harms


Calling this grant ambitious is an understatement to say the least. The $500 million grant, from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, seeks to eliminate ALL preventable harms to adult patients in the acute-care setting.

Now you might think “preventable harms” is referring to hospital acquired infections … and it is. But that’s not all it’s referring to.

Included in the definition of “preventable harms” is eliminating the loss of dignity and respect that patients and their families sometimes experience during lengthy hospital stays. Fewer than half of all patients report feeling part of and respected by the healthcare system that serves them, stated the press 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,” said Dr. George Bo-Linn, chief program officer for the Patient Care Program.  “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.”

The Foundation, created by the Intel Corp. founder and his wife, plan to distribute a half billion dollars over 10 years if its new national Patient Care Program develops as planned.

First recipient

The first facility to receive the grant is Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

The $8.9 million grant will aid an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to:

  • eliminate all harm to patients
  • engage families in the care of their loved ones, and
  • reduce costs.

The plan is to start in the intensive-care unit (ICU). The money will be used to purchase iPads or other types of tablets for ICU patients. According to The Wall Street Journal Health Blog, “the tablets will help them [patients] log and follow how their caretakers are performing on 250 points of care aimed at reducing harm to the patients. The tablets will also allow patients and families to hold video conferences with their physicians.”

The Foundation is also collaborating with the Institute of Health (IOM); RAND Corporation; Health Affairs; University of California, San Francisco; Stanford University; and others to help in spreading its goals and initiate major change in the healthcare industry.

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