Risky Business is a unique conference with a simple premise: Learn from thought leaders in other industries and high-risk endeavors to improve the quality and safety of health care. This is more critical now than ever, at a time when nearly every industry has had to adapt and innovate due to COVID-19. Their stories are sure to inspire and spark meaningful conversations about how to move forward after this pandemic.
This event is a collaboration of the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, Boston Children’s Hospital, and CRICO: The Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, in partnership with Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association.
A goal of the Boston conference is to expand the audience to include clinical staff from a variety of health care settings.
Clinicians, medical students and trainees
Health care practitioners will draw strong parallels between the challenges of their daily work and the experiences of the exceptional speakers from a wide array of high risk environments as they share their stories of endeavor, safety, risk, human factors, systems, and quality improvement. Rather than approach risk and safety from a ‘project’ perspective, this conference offers an opportunity to think more broadly about what it means to keep safety paramount.
Health care organization leaders and communicators
Leadership, team-building and sustaining excellence are key themes that emerge from the presentations and conversations with speakers who navigate high risk environments. Their experiences are a unique opportunity to more deeply understand the intersection of systems and human factors and also offer relevant, actionable information that applies to seeding and sustaining strong safety cultures, equity in health care, iterative learning environments and high-reliability organizations.
Policymakers, patients and families
Health care organizations are part of a larger ecosystem that supports public health and wellness goals as well as the medical needs of individuals. Participation from patients, families, policymakers and others in efforts to improve the quality and safety of health care delivery ensures that the work is responsive to the needs of the community and the patients and families served. The conference is an opportunity for non-medical professionals to enhance their understanding of contemporary challenges and their ability to be strong contributors to vital conversations about improving the health care system.