Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Keynote Remarks on Closing Day of Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit

Irvine, CA

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address on the second and final day of the Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit, to be held Jan. 23-24, at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, Calif.

“We are honored to have Vice President Biden at this year’s Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit,” said Patient Safety Movement founder Joe Kiani. “His leadership in helping improve access to healthcare aligns with our mission to improve patient safety for all Americans.”

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address on the summit’s first day. The summit will feature Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) commitments to address three new challenges, including early detection of sepsis, patient and provider assertiveness, and optimal resuscitation. To date, nine APSS have been developed by stakeholders representing more than 500 hospitals and have been responsible for more than 6,000 lives saved annually.

From the Recovery Act to the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-Biden Administration has made significant investments in making hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly. Through collaboration with hospitals, providers, health care technology companies, and consumers, these investments are starting to show a measurable impact. New data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that hospital-acquired conditions declined by 17 percent from 2010 to 2013, resulting in 1.3 million fewer patient harms and 50,000 lives saved. The Partnership for Patients, which includes 3,700 participating hospitals are focused on making hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly.

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