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The Healthcare Colloquium conference series addresses issues of healthcare policy and practice through executive courses offered at major academic institutions. The first Colloquium, which addressed the impact of the Internet on healthcare, took place on the campus of Harvard University in August of 2000. Subsequent Colloquia were held on the campus of Harvard on healthcare quality and medical error reduction in 2001, 2003 and 2004, and healthcare privacy, data security and HIPAA in 2001 and 2002.

The Colloquium is not an academic program of Harvard University. It is a program sponsored by the major association sponsors listed on the face of the brochure.

This special edition of the Colloquium will address the issues of patient safety, healthcare quality and medical errors reduction.

The Colloquium:

is held on major university campuses to facilitate the learning environment,
provides a unique approach to executive education in healthcare,
is intensive and limits capacity so that participants have access to the first rate faculty,
emphasizes networking opportunities with other participants, and
posts faculty materials and secondary source materials to the Colloquium web site.
The Topic:

This special edition of the Healthcare Colloquium Series provides a strategic road map for healthcare purchasers, plans and providers in their efforts to enhance patient safety, reduce medical errors and improve healthcare quality.

The magnitude of the patient safety problem has been well documented by the Institute of Medicine and widely discussed. The Colloquium faculty of national and international experts will dig deeper into the underlying causes of these problems and articulate possible cures.

Many hospitals, clinics, health plans and others have launched a variety of initiatives to reduce medical errors and improve safety. Many such initiatives have enjoyed substantial success in reducing risks and enhancing the safety of patient care in these organizations. The Colloquium will feature case studies in successful efforts in safety improvement and will focus on presentations from organizations and individuals that have succeeded in reducing or eliminating risks to patients and improving the safety of their care.

The Setting:

Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, was established in 1636 by a vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard of Charlestown, a young minister who upon his death in 1638, left his library and half of his estate to the new institution. Today, Harvard has grown to become a great undergraduate and graduate research University, with more than 18,000 degree candidates enrolled.


The Colloquium takes place on the campus of Harvard University. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are held in Annenberg Hall of the Sanders Theatre Complex. Named in memory of Roger Annenberg, '62 and inspired by the great halls of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, this room is arguably the most impressive space at Harvard.

For years Harvard students took major examinations at Annenberg Hall. It has also been the site of many significant ceremonies. The great Henry James described Annenberg Hall in The Bostonian as "the great bristling brick Valhalla....that house of honor and hospitality which... dispenses...laurels to the dead and dinners to the living."

Who Should Attend:

Senior Clinicians Engaged in Medical and Ancillary Practice
Trustees of Health Care Organizations
Employers and Healthcare Purchaser Representatives
Health Insurance and Health Plan Executives
Hospital and Health System Administrators
IPA and Medical Group Managers
Patient Safety Officers
Quality Assurance and Risk Management Experts
Healthcare Consultants, Venture Capitalists and Investment Bankers
Healthcare Attorneys and In-House Counsel
Health Service Researchers and Health Policy Experts
Registered Nurses, Pharmacists and Other Allied Health Professionals
Learning Objectives:

To render an overview of the healthcare quality and medical errors challenges facing American healthcare.
To share and discuss specific successful patient safety innovations that can be applied by healthcare organization within fiscal constraints.
To suggest strategies to successfully design and implement patient safety innovations in hospitals, health plans, medical groups and other healthcare settings.
To describe the respective roles of government, accrediting bodies, the press, employers, technology and information systems, hospitals and health systems, physicians and physician organizations, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and patients and families in stimulating and supporting patient safety improvement.
To implement a practical program of patient safety officer training.