Patient Safety Movement Foundation Launches Free PatientAider App

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Patient
Safety Movement Foundation
(PSMF) announces that it launched the PatientAider
app
for iPhone and Android users. Now available for download in the
Apple App Store and Google Play Store, PatientAider is designed to cut
through confusing medical jargon to provide plain-English explanations
of medical terms, protocols, and risks that hospital patients may
encounter. The unique, easy-to-use app was designed by Mari Miceli, a
registered nurse, and developed by John McConnell. Miceli generously
donated PatientAider to the PSMF.

A valuable source of medical information, PatientAider offers clinically
curated content to help patients and their loved ones navigate their
hospital care.

PatientAider app features include:

  • Strategies for communication with nurses and doctors
  • Information about common medical errors made in hospitals
  • Helpful videos from clinical experts
  • Links to dive more deeply into each topic
  • Stress-reduction techniques

“We are excited to launch the PatientAider app and hope it will empower
patients with its easily accessible format,” said Joe Kiani, Founder of
the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “On behalf of the Patient Safety
Movement, I would like to thank Mari Miceli and John McConnell for their
innovative thinking and generosity in enabling us to place this
important resource in the hands of patients and their advocates. It’s
with the generosity of volunteers like Mari and John, that we have been
able to make so much progress towards our goal of zero preventable
hospital deaths by 2020.”

“I only wish PatientAider had been around when I was visiting provider
after provider three and a half years ago, fighting for my life,” said
Victoria Baskett, a patient advocate and founder of Victoria Baskett
Patient Safety Foundation. “This innovation will be the breakthrough
that many patients and advocates need when wondering what is the first
or next question to ask, or where to turn for help and information.”

“As a clinician, I have seen patients struggle to understand the complex
world of healthcare,” said hospital administrator Gwen Cox.
“PatientAider is a simple, yet powerful tool that patients, families,
and their advocates can use to educate themselves about patient safety
and to use that knowledge to become an active participant in their care.”

“The patient is the most valuable member of any healthcare team.
Patient participation is key, and it is often limited by a person’s
understanding of their diagnosis and plan of care,” said patient
advocate Misti Baskett. “The PatientAider app facilitates knowledge and
assists the patient and provider in sharing the same goals in their
treatment plan to improve patient outcomes. With the app, patients can
prepare the questions they need to ask their doctors prior to their
appointment time. It is my hope that PatientAider becomes an
indispensable household tool that educates everyone on the importance of
patient participation.”

About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation

More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals and 3 million
worldwide in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety
Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo
Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to
reduce that number of preventable deaths to 0 by 2020 (0X2020).
Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all
stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical
technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. The
Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to
address the problems with actionable solutions for patient safety. The
Foundation also convenes the World Patient Safety, Science and
Technology Summit. The Summit brings together some of the world’s best
minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the
status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact solutions to meet
patient safety challenges, called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions,
encouraging medical technology companies to share the data their
products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make commitments to
implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Patient Safety
Movement Foundation is working toward zero preventable deaths by 2020.
Visit http://patientsafetymovement.org/.

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Contacts

Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Irene Paigah, 858-859-7001
irene@paigah.com

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