Report on Transparency in Healthcare from the National Patient Safety Foundation

Open communication and a free flow of information can help improve many safety issues in healthcare, according to Shining a Light: Safer Health Care Through Transparency. A new report was released by the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF).

A grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals helped make possible the production and dissemination of Shining a Light: Safer Health Care Through Transparency along with leading academic institutions and safety organizations to call for action to improve patient safety with a focus on a culture of safety, transparency and accountability, and doing what’s right for the patient.

“Mallinckrodt believes open exchange of information is an essential element in the delivery of safe care,” said Hugh O’Neill, Senior Vice President and President, Specialty Pharmaceuticals. “Supporting this report is one of the many ways we are demonstrating our commitment to transparency in healthcare.”

Mallinckrodt’s Hospital business has been a supporter of the foundation for more than three years.

The report addresses four distinct yet overlapping domains where the open exchange of information is necessary to improve safety:

  • Between clinicians and patients to ensure patients are well informed at all stages of their care;
  • Among clinicians to ensure the practices of high performers are shared with their peers;
  • Between organizations to allow greater collaboration on safety protocols and events;  and
  • With the public through meaningful measures and data that is understandable and useful to health care consumers.

“We hope this report will help convince people that transparency is not only the right thing to do, but that it will lead to improved outcomes, fewer errors, more satisfied patients and reduced costs of care,” said Robert M. Wachter, MD, associate chair, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco. He and Gary Kaplan, MD, FACMPE, chief executive officer, Virginia Mason Health System, both members of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, served as co-chairs of this initiative.

You may find the report and more information about the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute at http://www.npsf.org/?shiningalight.

About the NPSF
The NPSF’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the healthcare community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and healthcare workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm.

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