The premise for Risky Business conferences when they started in 2006, was simple: Learning from high risk industries to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. This has not changed over the years, and previous international conferences in London, Boston, Toronto and Cape Town have addressed important themes around leadership, teams, systems, communication, preparation and training, debriefing and reconciliation. Still, mistakes continue to be made that lead to patient harm, and it is clear that risks in healthcare don’t go away. Rather they evolve and new risks arise for a variety of reasons. Some may be related to cycles of education and training, changes in practices and systems, and importantly, changes in technology. We continue to practice with degrees of uncertainty, and perhaps we need to embrace this to understand new risks and the interaction between technology and humans.
Themes for the conference will include: