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Joe Kiani is the Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and is on the Board of Directors. A medical technology entrepreneur and campaigner for patient safety and innovation in healthcare, Kiani launched the Foundation in 2012 with the goal of eliminating preventable patient harm and death in hospitals. To address the industry’s top challenges, his team worked with patient safety experts from around the world to create Actionable Evidence-Based Practices. The Foundation’s Annual World Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit convenes hundreds of leading clinicians, Ministers of Health, hospital administrators, patients, government employers, private payers, and medical technology leaders from around the globe.

Kiani is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Masimo, a medical technology company which has pioneered numerous breakthrough inventions, including new ways to noninvasively monitor various physiological parameters. He is the co-inventor of what is now recognized as “modern pulse oximetry.” His innovation reduced false alarms in pulse oximetry by 95%,1 helped reduce blindness in premature babies2 and aided clinicians to screen for congenital heart conditions in newborns.3 Today, Masimo is a publicly traded corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) and a leading developer of innovative patient safety devices, including the Masimo Stork baby monitor, Masimo SafetyNet® remote patient management platform, Masimo Opioid Halo™ overdose prevention and alert system, and much more.

Kiani created the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to promote research programs which improve patient safety as well as broaden access to innovative medical solutions worldwide. In 2023, Kiani was awarded the Robert Wears Patient Safety Award for his dedication to improving patient safety in healthcare. Kiani serves on the board of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Chapman University’s President’s Cabinet, San Diego State University (SDSU) College of Engineering Advisory Board, the Clinton Foundation Executive Council, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Science in Electrical Engineering from SDSU. 

  1. Shah N et al. J Clin Anesth. 2012 Aug;24(5):385-91.
  2. Castillo A et al. Acta Paediatr. 2011 Feb;100(2):188-92.
  3. de-Wahl Granelli AD et al. BMJ. 2009;338.
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