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


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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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