Resilience Engineering: A Novel Approach to Keeping Patients Safe

Resilience ConferenceFollowing is information on another excellent educational opportunity offering a novel approach to keeping patients safe, coming up in June!

Terry Fairbanks MD, Director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare and Neil Weissman MD, Director of the Health Research Institute, both at MedStar Health, are hosting a two-day, innovative and workshop-style conference to share knowledge, spark innovative ideas, and inspire new collaborations and partnerships to apply resilience engineering in healthcare.

The conference, entitled Ideas to Innovation: Stimulating Collaborations in the Application of Resilience Engineering to Healthcare,” will be held on June 13-14, 2013 at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC. Additional information and registration can be found at

What is Resilience Engineering and how is it used in Healthcare?  Simply put, it is how individuals, teams and organizations monitor, adapt to, and act on failures in high-risk situations. In greater detail:

Resilience engineering is an emerging field of study that focuses on the fundamental systemic characteristics that enable safe and efficient performance in expected (and unexpected) conditions. It is a paradigm for safety in complex socio-technical systems, and its application to healthcare is very limited. During this two-day workshop, leading researchers and practitioners in resilience engineering and resilient health care will present a set of principles,  practices and desired outcomes and products.  After these presentations, attendees will be asked to initiate discussions that will lead  to the development of  an effective roadmap to catalyze the idea to innovation process – the ultimate goal is to help health care organizations and other interested parties  improve quality and safety.

“Ideas to Innovation: Simulating Collaborations in the Application of Resilience Engineering to Healthcare” is hosted by the MedStar Health Research Institute and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) as the first conference in UIDP’s Ideas to Innovation series.


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