At the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, we work to improve the safety and quality of care for all Canadians.
Over the years, however, our efforts have attracted the attention of those outside of our borders. In fact, 30 per cent of our website traffic comes from outside of Canada. Over at Global Patient Safety Alerts, 21 of our 26 contributors are from foreign countries.
We're thrilled to represent Canada on the international stage, and thanks to our ever-growing relationship with the World Health Organizations, our role is only set to grow.
In September 2017, the WHO officially designated CPSI as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety and Patient Engagement, to carry out activities in support of WHO programs internationally. What this means, is that in the coming years, CPSI will lend policy, strategic and technical advice on various WHO initiatives, as well as support for the development, adaptation, spread, and evaluation of patient safety tools and resources at a global level.
We will be applying Canadian expertise to a few specific initiatives:
- Provide coordination support and advice to the global Patients for Patient Safety champion network
- Provide coordination and secretariat support to the Patients for Patient Safety Advisory Group
- Provide expert advice and capacity building for patient/family champions and leaders of patients for patient safety networks around the world.
- Support global efforts and initiatives on patient safety incident reporting and learning systems
Contribute to the planning and implementation of the 3rd Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety
- Support global patient safety initiatives in achieving safer care
While we're tremendously excited and ready to embrace our growing role internationally, rest assured that our focus remains on providing the Canadian healthcare system with products to improve patient safety domestically. What our expanding global reach allows us to do is export much of that knowledge to those needing help in other countries, and at the same time keep an eye out for improvement ideas that we can import into Canada as well.
It's a win-win for all involved and it's a very Canadian thing to do!
As always, I'd like to hear from you, be it about our international work or anything else that is on your mind. You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ChrisPowerCPSI.
Yours in patient safety,
CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute