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October 2017

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Up Front

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From theory to practice: a spotlight on three local patient engagement efforts

Patient and family engagement has been called “the blockbuster drug of the century," but where to begin? We feature three diverse efforts to put engagement principles into action.  spacer

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Five Questions

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Amy Edmondson talks about new frontiers in teamwork

"Because the delivery of health care is a 24/7 operation involving complex shifts and unique patient situations, there’s an even greater need to develop ways to perform teamwork on the fly, coordinating and collaborating across boundaries..."


- Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School   spacer

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Safety News

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Plan your way to safer patient care with a new online tool for health care practices large and small

The Betsy Lehman Center has released a new online resource that health care professionals in all settings can use to map out a plan to ensure safer patient care.   spacer

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Safety Snapshot

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Patients' views of medical error; a new survey

1 in 5 adults reported a personal experience with a medical error in recent years, according to a nationwide poll by the NPSF/IHI Lucian Leape Institute.   spacer

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One More Thing

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When it comes to hand sanitizers, the choice is yours

A new study suggests liquids, foams and gels differ only in drying time, not effectiveness.   spacer

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Upcoming events

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Participatory Medicine: Transforming the Culture of Care

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:30 - 9:00 PM
What: The Society for Participatory Medicine hosts its inaugural conference in Boston.
Click for more information and to register

MITSS 16th Annual Dinner

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017 5:30 - 9:00 PM
What: Support MITSS and hear a keynote from Dr. Bridget Duffy.
Click for more information and to register

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Patient Safety Beat is published monthly by the Betsy Lehman Center, a state agency that uses communications, research, and data to catalyze the efforts of providers, policymakers, and consumers working toward safer health care in Massachusetts.

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