The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) and the Taiwan Patient Safety Culture Club (TPSCC) announced that four hospitals and one healthcare organization made a public commitment to helping eliminate preventable patient harm and death in hospitals by implementing the PSMF’s Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS). The commitments were made at the 3rd Annual Patient Safety Rally hosted by TPSCC in Taichung, Taiwan on April 27, 2019. Over 130 clinicians, hospital administrators and patient advocates were in attendance. Founded in 2012 by Dr. Chan Liao, TPSCC is the only not-for-profit patient safety advocacy group in Taiwan.

Dr. David Mayer, Chief Executive Officer of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation said, “In just two years, these dedicated clinicians and administrators from 38 organizations have implemented solutions that have saved 1,631 lives. We look forward to working closely with their team and hope that every hospital in Taiwan (implements) every APSS by 2020.”

“We are working to unify the healthcare ecosystem in Taiwan and are committed to helping our hospitals eliminate preventable patient deaths by implementing the evidence-based APSS,” said Dr. Chan Liao, founder & president of the Taiwan Patient Safety Culture Club. “I attended the World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit in 2017 and was so inspired that I wanted to mirror their efforts in Taiwan. I became the Regional Chair for Taiwan and am so proud of the organizations that have joined us with a public commitment. We just announced the PatientAider app has been launched in Traditional Chinese. I believe this will help empower patients in Taiwan to take a more active role in their healthcare.”

TPSCC also revealed that the Patient Safety Movement’s PatientAider mobile app is now available in Traditional Chinese for both iPhone and Android users. This was done in collaboration with a solution called Contentful. The app is designed to cut through confusing medical jargon to provide an easy to understand explanation of medical terms, protocols and risks that hospital patients may encounter. It will be a valuable source of medical information that is designed to help patients and their loved ones navigate their hospital care.

Dr. Steven Barker, a member of the Board of Directors for PSMF, introduced the Patient Safety Movement’s mission, goals and strategies to attendees. He also provided a detailed presentation on the APSS called Hand-Off Communications. According to Joint Commission, ineffective patient care handoffs between providers or teams have been the largest single contributor to preventable patient deaths.  The PSMF developed a new approach to patient handoffs, using a specific, detailed checklist for each of the 18 types of handoffs identified.