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Expanding the Reach of Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Education

11/24/2015 | 11:14am EDT

BOSTON, Nov. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), a central voice for patient safety since 1997, and the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) have signed an agreement to collaborate on a package of patient safety and health care quality educational materials for medical professionals in Israel. The activities will be administered by the Israeli Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQH), a program of the IMA.

"NPSF is committed to supporting the education of health professionals around the world in regard to patient safety," said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and chief executive officer, NPSF. "We're pleased to be working with IMA and ISQH on this important initiative."

The agreement allows for the Society to leverage selected modules from the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum. These materials will be combined with quality-focused content developed by the Society to deliver a complete, balanced safety and quality program to ISQH stakeholders. Participants who successfully complete the program and the associated quizzes will receive a certificate issued jointly by the two organizations to attest to their commitment.

"The Israeli Medical Association and ISQH seek to expand safety and quality education and practice among health care practitioners in Israel," said Ran Balicer, MD, PhD, MPH, president of ISQH. "Working with NPSF is a very good fit, as our goals align, and the Foundation has already created basic educational modules that are very relevant to our practitioners."

Health care in Israel is publicly financed and delivered through four health plans similar to health maintenance organizations in the US. Health care practitioners from these plans and from 40 hospitals in Israel will be eligible to take part in the program.

To learn more about NPSF programs and educational offerings, visit www.npsf.org.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation's vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the Foundation's work, visit www.npsf.org and follow @theNPSF on Twitter.

About the Israeli Society for Quality in Healthcare

The Israel Society for Quality in Health Care is a non-profit professional society, part of the Israeli Medical Association (http://www.ima.org.il/Eng), that was formed over 20 years ago with a mission to promote healthcare quality and patient safety in Israel. In recent years, the Society has been involved in the launching of educational programs in care quality and safety for healthcare providers, using written training materials, traditional training and online courses, in creating new measurement tools, and in advocacy for care quality and patient safety.

CONTACT: Patricia McTiernan

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© GlobeNewswire 2015
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