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Actor Dennis Quaid has produced an outstanding, informative, empowering and motivating CME* program, “Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm.” It’s on the Discovery Channel. Part 1 is here.

This is the best-produced material I’ve seen to change how so much of the healthcare industry has its head in the sand about the possibility of change. It’s informative, but it goes beyond that, calling for our leaders to boldly step out and adopt improvements in process and technology that are proven to save lives.

“If our healthcare leaders can get through their denial about their failing systems, it becomes a David & Goliath story. Goliath is fear: fear of shame, fear of malpractice, and fear of cost. To win the war on harm, we must activate the inner David in our hospital leaders.
The weapons against healthcare harm are leadership, safe practices and technology.”

And this: “Patients are a part of the healthcare team – an often unused one.”

Some of the stories are hard to watch, but that’s the fear. I ask that you watch: by facing the fear yourself, you model what we’re asking of our leaders. Please, you be a leader too.

* CME=Continuing Medical Education.