Help Fund this Kickstarter Project: “Breaking the Wall of Silence” Film

Wall of SilenceIt’s the annual National Patient Safety Awareness Week, just ending now. Here are my thoughts from last year, including my stance that EVERY week needs to be patient safety week. The problem is big enough that we need awareness increasing all the time. But, I guess this week doesn’t hurt.

I just helped fund a “Kickstarter” project for the first time – and I hope you’ll check it out:  Breaking the Wall of Silence Documentary  by Citygate Films. The participants include Dr. Peter Pronovost and Rosemary Gibson, twhe author of the book Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes That Kill and Injure Millions of Americans

The preview emphasize key points like healthcare is full of good people working in a really broken system and patients  don’t have enough information about this system that is supposed to protect them, but is likely to harm them. The film will focus on MedStar, a system that is working to fix this problem via methods that they admit “are not rocket science.” “It’s about leadership.” Their goal is to transform the safety culture across the entire organization.

The video preview (or read about it here at support the project):


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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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