Video of U.S. Government Subcommittee Hearing on Primary Health and Aging

Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging on medical errors

Earlier this month a team of leading patient safety experts met at a Hearing with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education Labor & Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging , where the topic focused on preventable medical errors: the need to improve patient safety. The recent article in the Journal of Patient Safety concluded that up to an estimated 440,000 patients die a year due to medical error. This two-hour recording is a must watch for those interested in furthering the use of medical simulation to improve patient care and reducing medical errors.

About the Subcommittee



Welcome to the Primary Health and Aging home page. The Subcommittee Chairman is Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and the Ranking Member is Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). The Subcommittee has oversight over many issues including: The Older Americans Act; elder abuse, neglect, and scams affecting seniors; long-term care services for older Americans, community health centers, The Health Resources and Services Act, oral health, health care disparities, Alzheimer’s disease and family caregiving . Please visit our homepage for the latest information on Subcommittee hearings, roundtables, and links to information and resources that relate to our Subcommittee’s issues.

Panel Members

  • John James, PhD , Founder, Patient Safety America, Houston, TX
  • Ashish Jha, MD, MPH , Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH , President, National Patient Safety Foundation; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD , Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality and Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Joanne Disch, PhD, RN , Professor ad Honorem, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lisa McGiffert , Director, Safe Patient Project, Consumers Union, Austin, TX

Download the Subcommittee Hearing Presentations here, and learn more about the Subcommittee here.


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