The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) has been awarded a four-year, $950,000 grant from the DSF Charitable Foundation to create an online network of physicians and other health professionals who want to advance health reform, patient safety, and quality improvement. The Health Activists Network will leverage the capabilities of Tomorrow’s HealthCareTM, an online platform created by PRHI to facilitate learning, communication, collaboration, and engagement for communities of interest among health professionals.
The DSF Charitable Foundation grant will match investments made in the Health Activists Network by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), PRHI’s parent organization.
“PRHI has been working with all of the critical community stakeholders for 20 years to advance patient safety,” says Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, president and CEO of PRHI and JHF. “Every person who goes for health care should get best-practice medicine, reliably and safely. Sadly, this is often not the case. For example, a recent study in The BMJ (“Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the U.S.”) estimates that the number of patients in the United States who die from preventable medical errors could exceed 250,000 annually. Our healthcare costs in the U.S. also exceed those of all other affluent nations by double, but our population health lags behind them in almost every indicator. [Read more…]