Newsletter, June 2024

June 2024

“Don’t let your miracle of healing get

hijacked by some medical error.


Joe Kiani, Founder

Patient Safety Movement Foundation



Letter from the CEO

June is an exciting month for us as we put together the program for our 2024 Summit. This year’s annual meeting will take place on September 6 and 7 at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Student Center amphitheater. Through our collaboration with UCI, we anticipate another very strong program. Don Berwick, MD, will again be a keynote speaker. Don is the founder of patient safety initiatives at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI), where he was President and CEO. He then served as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

We are honored to have another expert on safety, Professor Najmedin Meshkati from the Sonny Astani Department of Civil Environmental Engineering and a Professor at the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California. His research focuses on risk reduction and reliability enhancement of complex and large-scale socio-technical systems. These include all modes of transportation and energy generation plants, including nuclear power and refineries. He inspected Chernobyl and was recently involved with the Boeing investigation. He is also a member of the Governance Board of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF).

PSMF Founder Joe Kiani will speak as well, and we are hopeful that his good friend President Bill Clinton will join him for a conversation on stage, as in previous years.

This is going to be an outstanding program. Please join us if you are able and be sure to review the list of other superb speakers in the program agenda on our website.

Michael A.E. Ramsay, MD, FRCA, Chief Executive Officer, PSMF

PSMF Fellow receives the

Safety Champion Award

7th International Conference on Patient was organized by Riphah Institute of Healthcare Improvement & Safety Pakistan. Conference held on May 10-11, 2024, in Islamabad. The theme of this year’s conference was “Diagnostic Safety”.  More than 300 participants have attended the conference in which 17 International Patient Safety experts from around the globe spoke at the conference. JCIA and Accreditation Canada participated, through in person presence of its leadership, for the first time in Pakistan. ISQua, National Patient Safety Movement Foundation(USA), ANCC MAGNET Recognition Program(USA), Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, Health Care Accreditation Council(Jordan),  SingHealth Duke – NUS Institute for Patient Safety & Quality leadership also part of the conference physically and virtually.

During the conference different champion awards was given to key representative who has crucial contribution in uplift the Patient Safety System in Pakistan in which one of them is: Afifa Munawar Baloch, who fellow of 2nd Cohort of Patient Safety Movement Foundation fellowship program. Afifa has been recognised the “Rufaida AlAslamia Patient Safety Champion Award” this is an accolade named in honor of Rufaida Al-Aslamia, who is recognized as the first female Muslim nurse and an early pioneer in the field of healthcare. This award demonstrates exceptional commitment and contributions to patient safety, showcasing leadership, innovation, and excellence in fostering safe healthcare environments and practices.

Afifa has been working to Patient Safety Officer with WHO Country Office Pakistan.

National Men’s Health Awareness Month

June 2024

Men in the US are at higher risk for many serious diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer, and HIV, while prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for men. As a result, men typically die nearly six years earlier than women, based on average life expectancy rates. Yet only 60% of men get routine annual checkups, and 40% won’t see a doctor until something is seriously wrong.

National Men’s Health Awareness Month each June is an important reminder for men and boys to take a more proactive approach toward their health. It coincides with International Men’s Health Week (June 10–16), which aims to increase awareness globally of male health issues and encourages institutions to develop policies that meet the specific needs of men and boys.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) has given this year’s Men’s Health Awareness Month the theme “Be the Source for Better Health: Improving Health Outcomes Through Our Cultures, Communities, and Connections.” The theme’s primary goal is to bring greater awareness to improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority men. It calls on everyone to learn more about the social determinants of health (unique environments, cultures, histories, and circumstances) and how they impact the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minority and American Indian/Alaska Native men.

For more information on how to participate in this year’s National Men’s Health Awareness Month, visit the HHS website.

National Cancer Survivors Day

June 2, 2024

Based on current rates, roughly 1.9 million people in the US are diagnosed with cancer each year, with nearly 610,000 deaths from cancer expected. The good news is more than 18 million cancer survivors are still among us. Cancer survivor is defined by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation as anyone living with a history of cancer—from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

National Cancer Survivors Day, held the first Sunday of June (this year on June 2), is a celebration of life as well as a call to action for more research and resources, along with increased public awareness, to improve the lives of cancer survivors. Everyone—cancer survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals, family members, and friends—are encouraged to join in solidarity with cancer survivors around the world. First established in the US, National Cancer Survivors Day events are currently held across the globe, in at least 16 different countries.

The day offers an important reminder that cancer survivors can face ongoing, long-lasting challenges. In addition to long-term physical and emotional difficulties, survivors are at an increased risk for second cancers and other health problems, not to mention financial setbacks. To learn about the various ways to support cancer survivors, visit the NCSD website.

Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week

June 23 – June 30, 2024

Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week, now celebrating its 40th year, was established by presidential proclamation in 1984 to raise public awareness about individuals who have combined hearing and vision loss. The week’s dates, June 23 to June 30 in 2024, coincide with the birthday of Helen Keller, born June 27, 1880. Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing at 19 months old and went on to write books, advocate for disability rights and women’s suffrage, travel the world to give motivational speeches, and co-founded the ACLU.

Currently, 2.4 million people are DeafBlind in the United States, approximately 450,000 people in the UK. The goal of DeafBlind Awareness Week is to improve broader public understanding of the challenges faced by DeafBlind individuals, promote inclusivity and accessibility, and highlight their abilities and contributions to society and in the workplace.

With this year’s campaign theme, the Helen Keller National Center is shining a light on the diverse journeys and shared aspirations of DeafBlind individuals and how organizations can provide support to the families and professionals who work with them. For more information and to learn how any organization or business can make the internet more accessible for everyone, visit the Helen Keller National Center website.

Innovation Corner*

Part 1 of series highlighting GEDSA’s patient safety initiatives.

Facilitating relationships among manufacturers, patients, caregivers, clinicians, regulatory bodies, ISO, professional and patient advocacy organizations, suppliers, and providers is essential for enhancing patient safety. The Global Engineered Device Supplier Association (GEDSA), a non-profit trade association, plays a key role in supporting patient safety initiatives by gathering information and creating awareness and educational materials. By acting as a conduit between stakeholders, GEDSA promotes coordinated and unified efforts to advance patient safety.

*Patient Safety Movement Foundation does not endorse any specific commercial products, services, or companies. Information included in this section is merely to share the technologies that may improve patient safety.

In the News

  • WHO has made available for download the Patient Safety Rights Charter to support the implementation of the Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021–2030: Towards Eliminating Avoidable Harm in Healthcare.
  • A recent article in Forbes explored “The Role of Knowledge Management in Healthcare,” highlighting how healthcare organizations can best leverage innovative technologies, including AI, data analytics, and digital health platforms, to improve patient safety.
  • The Government of Canada introduced a legislative measure titled the “Connected Care for Canadians Act” to enhance patient safety by empowering patients to securely access their own health data and share it with providers, according to GlobalData.

We Want to Hear Your Story

If you or your loved ones have experienced a medical error, please share your story with us. We have over 100 patient stories on our website:

Donor Testimonial 


My commitment to the PSMF is to work in my country for a safe and reliable health system, because in Argentina the concept of Patient Safety is, in general, poorly understood. The prevalence of adverse events is unacceptable, and the contributions of the PSMF are of great value to aim for the change that the system needs.: Maximum security in the care of our patients, better protection for healthcare professionals and higher outcomes and patients experience. As a medical school professor, I disseminate the concepts of patient safety, with the goal of instilling the culture of safety in future doctors, and the values of the PSMF is a great flag to promote it.


Julio César Tuseddo, MD
Hospital Administration Specialist
Diploma in Patient Safety
Professor, School of Medicine, National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina





Joe Kiani, MS, Founder and Immediate Past Chairman of PSMF, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Masimo

Mike Durkin, OBE, MBBS, FRCA, FRCP, DSC, Chairman of PSMF, Senior advisor on Patient Safety Policy and Leadership, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Michael A.E. Ramsay, MD, FRCA, Chief Executive Officer, PSMF

Sarah Kiani, Director, Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition

Abbasseh Towfigh, MPD, Executive Director and Secretary, Ayeneh Foundation

Steven J. Barker, PhD, MD, Chief Science Officer, Masimo Corporation, Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona Health Sciences

Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, MD, DPH, Past President, World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists

Philip D. Lumb, MB, BS, MD, MCCM, FCCP, Professor of Anesthesiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Najmedin Meshkati, PhD, MS, Professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California

Javier T. Davila, MD, Ambassador, PSMF in Mexico, Former Medical Director, Mexican Social Security Institute, Head of Medical Education, Research and Health Public Policy

Robin Betts, RN, CPHQ, MBA-HA, Vice Chair, PSMF, Vice President, Safety Quality & Regulatory Services, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Nasim Afsar, MD, MBA, MHM, Chief Health Officer at Oracle Health

Edward Kelley, PhD, Chief Global Health Officer, ApiJect Systems

David B. Mayer, MD, Executive Director, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety

Omar Ishrak, PhD, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Medtronic, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Intel

Charlie Miceli, CPM, Treasurer, PSMF, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Network VP of University of Vermont Health Network

Vonda Vaden Bates, Patient Advocate, CEO, 10th Dot

Alicia Cole, Patient Safety Consultant

Jim Messina, BA, CEO, The Messina Group


jk informal


The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established in 2012 to raise awareness around the critical topic of patient safety, and to bring patients, clinicians, healthcare organizations, payers, academicians, government officials, and policymakers together to address the urgent need to eliminate preventable patient harm in all healthcare settings globally. Founded by Joe Kiani, founder and CEO of the medical device manufacturer Masimo, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation holds an international summit annually where world-renowned patient safety experts and advocates discuss the common causes of preventable patient harm and how they can be remedied. The organization collaborates with multidisciplinary teams of medical experts and quality care professionals to develop actionable evidence-based practices that serve as step-by-step blueprints to guide healthcare professionals in avoiding preventable patient harm. As part of its collaborative approach, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation also mobilizes and supports grassroots patient safety advocates and activists, including those whose loved ones were harmed by medical errors. Patient Safety Movement Foundation engages an international cohort of early career healthcare professionals in a custom-designed patient safety curriculum through its Global Interprofessional Patient Safety Fellowship program. In conjunction with the aforementioned activities, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation emphasizes data transparency and sharing patient harm events as a foundational goal to enable systems to better track the progress toward the goal of ZERO harm. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation also seeks to drive systemic payer policy changes to align incentives with the quality of the care provided. In addition, this foundation advocates for an independent multidisciplinary team of patient safety experts to research harm events and potential sustainable solutions to end preventable patient harm. Since the beginning, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation has engaged patients and their families in developing solutions to improve patient care, believing nothing is more powerful than learning about preventable patient harm directly from those most affected and making them an integral part of improving healthcare safety. To learn more and stay connected with our foundation, please visit



Related Articles