Authority on Patient Safety & Healthcare Quality
The wired world of healthcare is our future. It’s up to us – as patients, physicians, policy makers, vendors, leaders and influencers – to not only make it happen, but make it work. Dr. Robert Wachter is helping champion the cause. Read More >
Dr. Wachter reviews the brief history of the quality and safety movements, the new push for “value” (quality plus safety plus patient satisfaction, divided by cost), and how all of these levers (accreditation, regulation, transparency, payment changes) are combining to create unprecedented pressure on caregivers and delivery organizations to change their ways of doing business. Rather than being depressed, audiences leave with a deep understanding of healthcare’s new landscape, and a road map (and some optimism) for success in this new world.
For anyone seeking to learn the core clinical, organizational, and systems issues of patient safety, this keynote is filled with valuable information and tools designed to make the patient safety field understandable to medical, nursing, pharmacy, hospital administration, and other trainees. Dr. Wachter delivers key insights to help you understand and prevent a broad range of errors, including those related to medications, surgery, diagnosis, infections, and nursing care. He will provide a practical overview of how to organize an effective safety program, in both hospitals and clinics.
A case-based, dramatic talk that describes a new way to think about medical errors and a new approach to this modern epidemic. It is the Cliff Notes version of Wachter’s best-selling book, Internal Bleeding, and can be paired with a book-signing event. This keynote speech is suitable for novices, experts, and even lay audiences.
A policy-oriented speech, this keynote is more suitable for advanced audiences (leaders in quality and safety, for example). The keynote speech chronicles what is working and not working (regulation, IT, teamwork training, workforce issues, accountability, etc.) in our efforts to prevent medical mistakes.
Every hospital is struggling with how to balance these two seemingly competing approaches to patient safety. In this talk, Wachter describes the arguments for the two approaches, and lays out a balanced model that embraces “no blame” and systems thinking when it is the right strategy, but does not shy away from accountability as the appropriate response to clinicians’ failure to heed key safety practices.
In this slightly contrarian keynote on the consequences of the quality and information technology revolutions, two of the most dominant issues facing health care today. Most talks on these issues are dry and pat; clinical audiences leave this talk thinking about these topics in a new, fresh way.
Wachter coined the term “hospitalist” in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1996. In this keynote, Wachter covers the forces driving the growth of the field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine, and what the future has in store.
The pressures to mint a new type of physician—one more focused on teamwork and systems—are strong and largely correct. In this talk, Dr. Wachter reviews why it is critical that physicians embrace these new skills and attitudes, but also highlights some of the unanticipated and potentially negative consequences of an unbalanced move away from the traditional emphasis on individual excellence.