The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announced its support for the Tokyo Declaration of Patient Safety that asks countries to accelerate their progress toward improving patient safety by aligning incentives, increasing transparency and implementing practices to reduce preventable deaths. The declaration was presented by Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom at the Third Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety in Tokyo in April.

“This Declaration is a monumental step toward transparency, aligned incentives and global cooperation to improve patient safety and enhance our healthcare systems. By continually coming together, sharing progress, connecting the dots and focusing on action, we are closer to attaining our goal of zero preventable deaths by 2020,” explained Patient Safety Movement Founder & Chairman Joe Kiani, who spoke at the summit.

More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals and three million worldwide in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce the number of preventable deaths to zero by 2020.

The Summit brings together some of the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact solutions to meet patient safety challenges, called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data their products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions.