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2 decades after landmark IOM report, this group is still fighting to convince hospitals to take safety steps

January 31, 2019 / Tina Reed

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—Standing beneath the bright lights on a stage in a California conference center, Joe Kiani told a crowd of hospital leaders he was frustrated. Seven years ago, he’d founded the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. And Kiani, who’d made a name for himself founding medical technology company Masimo, had been able to convince thousands of hospital leaders from around the globe to agree to an audacious goal: Get to zero preventable patient deaths by 2020. To do that, they've released a collection of free tools for patients and hospitals to improve safety and prevent avoidable patient deaths. They've called for commitments. They've gathered annually to talk about solutions that are working.