Up Next for Patient Safety

Up Next for Patient Safety

Untangling the Paths to Safer Health Care

Where Is the System?

How can health care address the systemic challenges that have impeded progress on safety for decades? What lessons can be learned from other industries that have made safety a top priority? Join host Karen Wolk Feinstein and guests Nancy Leveson, professor, engineer, and systems safety expert, and Dr. Michael Shabot, physician, former healthcare executive, and expert in high-reliability healthcare safety and quality, for a thought-provoking discussion on how we can build a safer future for both patients and workers. Read the show notes here:
April 26, 2024

Meeting the Challenge

History has made clear that applying the same old remedies to the problem of medical error simply will not solve this longstanding crisis. How are the next generation of innovators looking to disrupt the status quo and bring new perspectives to improving safety in health care? Join host Karen Wolk Feinstein and young entrepreneur Reetam Ganguili, star of the documentary The Pitch: Patient Safety's Next Generation, for a glimpse into the exciting potential for technology to transform patient safety. Read the show notes here:   
March 13, 2024

Looking Toward the Future: Part 3

The business of health care faces a multitude of challenges to rein in costs while improving on and delivering safe, high-quality care. How can improved safety and reducing avoidable hospitalizations play in the economic landscape for health systems? Join host Karen Wolk Feinstein and health system CEO and futurist Josh Luke for a compelling conversation on the keys to changing the status quo and bolstering the industry for a stronger future.
February 6, 2024

Looking Toward the Future: Part 2

How will today’s technological advances empower patients in their health care and ease the strains on providers? What are the key actions that will make care safer, more accessible, and more affordable? Join Dr. Robert Pearl, a leading medical voice and premiere visionary, and host Karen Wolk Feinstein as they share reasons for optimism about the future of the healthcare industry. Listen to the episode here:
January 4, 2024

Looking Toward the Future: Part 1

Today’s healthcare landscape is rife with challenges, many of which threaten the systems as we know them. But what impact will the challenges of today have on the industry going forward, and where can we find glimpses of hope? Join futurist Ian Morrison and host Karen Wolk Feinstein for an eye-opening expedition through the business of health care and the innovations that hold the promise to transform it—for both patients and providers.
December 12, 2023

Simulation Transformation

Healthcare simulation has had a powerful impact on medical education, giving students and providers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with complex procedures within a safe, controlled environment. But what is the potential for simulation to also help address the persistent problem of medical error? Join host Karen Wolk Feinstein and guests Lance Baily of and Dr. Paul Phrampus of the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research, for glimpse into the future of healthcare simulation and how it can transform safety for both patients and providers. Listen to the episode here:  
September 28, 2023

Engineering Systems for Safety

What can we learn from the havoc that the pandemic wrought on our emergency departments? How can we redesign healthcare systems for greater safety and resiliency? Join host Karen Wolk Feinstein and guests Dr. Chris LeMaster and Tina Vitale-McDowell, both emergency department leaders, for a dive into how systems engineering approaches can address some of the biggest challenges in healthcare safety and what we can learn from the lived experiences of our frontline workers. Listen to the episode here: 
August 28, 2023

Designing Safety with Urgency

How can we close the implementation gap to translate patient safety research into practice? What role can technology play in this process? Join host Karen Wolk Feinstein and two award-winning researchers, Dr. Hardeep Singh of Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and Dr. Jason Adelman of Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, along with filmmaker Mike Eisenberg of Tall Tale Productions, for a glimpse into the pioneering patient safety research happening today and the promise of tech-enabled solutions to equip clinicians in designing safer systems. Check out the show notes here:
June 9, 2023
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Up Next for Patient Safety

Medical error is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. Let's untangle the components of safer healthcare.

Join host Karen Wolk Feinstein as she engages in conversations with experts in health care and technology to examine the best paths to guaranteeing patient safety. Hear about different solutions to existing problems that are possible right now. We have the capacity during the “once in a century” pandemic to gain the attention and support of a nation to address the current and ongoing errors and adverse events that cause unnecessary illness, death, and long-term disability.


Karen Feinstein, President and CEO

Karen Feinstein, President and CEO

Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein is President and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and its three operating arms: the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, Health Careers Futures, and the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global. Widely regarded as a leader in healthcare safety and quality, Dr. Feinstein is the author of numerous regional and national publications, and she frequently presents at national and international conferences.

She is the host of a new highly regarded podcast, Up Next for Patient Safety, examining the best solutions to healthcare safety challenges. Dr. Feinstein is a founder of the Network for Regional Health Improvement (now a part of the Civitas Networks for Health), a past president of Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers of Western PA, founder and co-chair of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative, and a member of many regional and national boards including the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Health Research Advisory Committee, and the UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside Board of Directors.

She has been a faculty member of Boston College and Carnegie Mellon University and taught at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Feinstein earned her bachelor’s degree at Brown University, her master's at Boston College, and her doctorate at Brandeis University.

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