Patient Safety Takes the Front Seat

Second Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety in Bonn on 29/30 March 2017

Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe will host the Second Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety in Bonn on 29/30 March 2017. There is a national consensus among the policy-makers, the medical profession, hospitals and health insurance funds as well as patient groups and industry that safety must be a key theme in taking our health care system further. On the international level, too, awareness of patient safety is rising steadily.

This is why Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe has teamed up with his British counterpart, Jeremy Hunt, to launch an exchange among their opposite numbers around the globe. The immediate result of this initiative was the  in London in the spring of 2016. Now, Federal Minister Hermann Gröhe has invited ministers from more than 50 states and high-ranking representatives of international organisations including the World Bank, the OECD and the Council of Europe, to attend the second Ministerial Summit.

On the first day, German and international experts, joined by representatives of WHO and OECD, will address the current challenges facing patient safety at the former seat of the German Bundestag in Bonn. The workshops will cover a spectrum of topics including the economy and efficiency of patient safety as well as global exchange.

More concrete issues such as mobile health or how to prevent and control infections are also on the agenda. The following day, the ministers and secretaries and their delegations will discuss health policy consequences

Accreditation portals

  • Minister Delegation

    Please note that, for organizational reasons, places in the various workshops will from now on be allocated to members of the ministerial delegations subject to availability.
  • Experts

    Experts on patient safety may register individually, if they are not members of ministerial delegations, for 29 March, the Experts’ Day of the Summit. Places in the various workshops will be allocated to individual participants subject to availability.

Workshop description

Two thirds of the time are reserved in each workshop for the exchange of the participating international experts. Core messages for the briefing of the ministers will be formulated in this debate. The conference language will be english and german.

Chair: Prof. em. Dr. Don Berwick
President em. and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Lecturer, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, USA

On the one hand, the aim of the workshop shall be to analyze the economic effects and the efficiency of procedures for the improvement of patient safety at international level. In preparation of this topic, OECD will conduct an international study on economic consequences of patient safety, which is going to regard longer-term and indirect consequences of improved patient safety. On the other hand, the efficiency of patient safety measures will be examined with special attention being paid to safety culture and the influence that leadership style and patients' involvement have in this respect.


Economics and Efficiency

  • Presentation of the OECD study "THE ECONOMICS OF PATIENT SAFETY"  – Niek Klazinga (OECD)
  • Implementation of the results in high-, middle- and low-income states – Jeffrey Braithwaite (AUS)
  • Which incentives are most effective in patient safety? – Reinhard Busse (DEU) tbc

Safety Culture and Leadership

  • The study’s position on Safety Culture – Luke Slawomirsky (OECD)
  • Communication as a factor influencing safety culture – Annegret Hannawa (CH)
  • Leadership und Second Victim – Albert Wu (USA)
  • From local to national: Compensation Management and the Italian  Patient Safety Law - Tommaso Bellandi (ITA)

Chair: Prof. Sir Liam Donaldson
WHO Envoy for Patient Safety, Geneva, Switzerland

This workshop which has been coordinated with WHO will cover international aspects of patient safety. Its main focus will be, inter alia, on strategies that could be implemented in low- and middle-income countries. Moreover, the feasibility to transfer innovative approaches between countries will be discussed. The topics to be examined will include learning, policy & governance as well as leadership.


Education, Implementation, Patient and Communities

  • Education and Training   – Experiences from Thailand –Piyawan Limpanyalert
  • Engaging patients, families and communities for safe health care  – Experiences from Uganda Regina Kamoga
  • Safer Maternal and Neonatal Care - Implementing Safe Childbirth Checklist for safer maternal and neonatal care – Experiences from Sudan Ayda Taha

Leadership, Policy, Primary Care

  • Organizational leadership in Patient Safety - Bringing transformational change in safety culture in hospital care – Experiences from Ecuador Jonás Gonseth
  • Safety in Primary Care - Moving towards safer primary care – Experiences from CroatiaJasna Mesaric tbc
  • Policy implementation for patient safety - Moving towards safer primary care – Experiences from PhilippinesCriselda G Abesamis

Chair: Dr. Mike Durkin
NHS National Director of Patient Safety, UK

Mobile technologies (mHealth, handheld devices) and also technologies to process big datasets (Big Data) are gaining worldwide importance in the field of health, and in a tremendously fast manner. With the aid of mHealth, patient safety may be strengthened, especially by improved patient information and adherence as well as by increasing self-determination. Big Data applications hold the promise of more efficient methods of successful treatment by evidence-based and personalised procedures in health care. Opposed to this are the risks concerning e.g. data safety and product quality. Although patient safety is quoted as the key reason and goal of capital investment in those technologies, the purposeful application and analysis of the latter to reach the established goals of patient safety have not yet been sufficiently developed and networked at international level. In this regard, the workshop is supposed to provide solutions. Against this background, one of the key points of emphasis will be patient safety in connection with non-medical health apps, and attention should be paid to the necessary information of customers/patients, transparency and the role of web stores.


New opportunities for patient safety from the use of Big Data and mobile devices

  • What is out there? What is coming? - Margaret Hamburger (USA) tbc
  • Big Data – a new era for patient safety – Dr. Nicolaus Henke (McKinsey Analytics) (DEU)
  • Big Scale processing of routine data used as a first alert - Ingo Gurcke (Marsh-Media) (DEU)
  • New Data, new pathways to the patient - Prof. Dr. Dr. Kurt J.G. Schmailzl (DEU)

Mobile HealthApps

  • Bioethical foundations in mHealth and Big Data - Prof. Christiane Woopen (DEU)
  • What makes health Apps safer – the developers’ perspective - Peter Langkafel (Healthcubator) (DEU)
  • A. The vast amount of Apps for diabetics  - NN
    B. App licensing – advantages and limitations– NN (DEU)
    C. What’s helping the users’ choice? - Susanne Mauersberg (DEU)
  • What‘s provided to the customer in the web-store to support his choice? - NN

Chair: Prof. Dr. med. Petra Gastmeier
Director of the Institute for Hygiene and Environmetal Medicine at Charité Berlin, Germany

The central issue of the workshop will be the discussion of measures to prevent infections, in particular in the context of nosocomial infections and sepsis, but also to reduce the use of antibiotics, thus avoiding antimicrobial resistance. On this occasion it shall be examined to which extent national recommendations on infection prevention can also be applied at international level, and particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Along the discussion of strategies for implementing recommendations for action, aspects such as costs incurred by nosocomial infections and the involvement of patients within the scope of infection prevention will be covered.



  • Burden of health care-associated infections in Europe and worldwide - Alessandro Cassini, ECDC
  • WHO core components for infection prevention and control - Benedetta Allegranzi, WHO
  • Implementation of core components in a middle income country. What are the most important barriers? - Fernando Otaiza, Chile, Ministry of Health tbc
  • Implementation of core components in a low income country. What are the most important barriers? - Catherine Cooper, Liberia, Vice-Minister of Health tbc
  • How to measure the degree of implementation? Establishment of surveillance systems, external assessments vs self-assessment - Julie Storr, WHO tbc
  • The special problem of sepsis: how to prevent and recognize it - Konrad Reinhart, German Sepsis Society
  • Panel Discussion

Best Practice

  • A 10-year sustained IPC national programme in Chile - Fernando Otaiza, Chile, Ministry of Health (tbc)
  • Good infection control is cost-effective - Nicholas Grave, Australia                
  • The development of a European surveillance system for HAI - Carl Suetens, ECDC
  • National monitoring IPC indicators in Liberia - Catherine Cooper, Liberia, Vice-Minister of Health (tbc)
  • Duplication of hand rub consumption in Germany within 10 years – Prof. Dr. Petra Gastmeier, German Clean your hands campaign
  • The sepsis campaign in England - Ron Daniels, UK Sepsis trust (tbc) 
  • Role of the patient in IPC improvement - Maryanne McGuckin, USA tbc       
  • Panel Diskussion

Chair: Prof. Dr. Matthias Rothmund
Director em. of Surgery at Marburg University, Germany

The key point of emphasis of this workshop will be the topic of safety culture. In this context, examples - as they have been included e.g. in the brochure on best practices which will be published in preparation of the summit - will be used to show in a practice-oriented manner how safe action can be applied in medical care. In addition to international models of success (.e.g. High 5s) and their adaptation to national health care systems, the implementation of checklists, the dissemination of recommendations for action and patients' information as well as the integration of the topic of patient safety in curricula of medical education could be good examples.


Patient Safety Culture - Leadership, Education

  • Patient safety culture - Tanja Manser (DEU)
  • Surgical safety checklists and implementation - Patrick Fränkel (DEU)
  • Learning from industry - the example of the oil- and gas-industry - Abdulelah Alhawsawi (SAU)
  • Learning from data of liability insurances - Peter Gausmann (DEU)
  • Patient safety in medical curricula - Jana Jünger (DEU) tbc

Patient Safety Culture - Patient for Patient, Implementation

  • Treatment - error notice by patient - Katja Stahl (DEU)
  • Patient Involvement in organization of Medical Institution - Solvejg Kristensen (DNK)
  • Patient Involvement in legislation procedere - Patientenvertreter NN
  • Diagnostic error in hospital and primary care - Victor Dzau (USA)
  • The Idea of Participation in Patient Safety Culture - G. Jonitz/Sonja Barth (DEU)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Ludwig
Head of Hematology, Oncology and Tumor Oncology, HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch; Member of the Medicines Commissions of the German Medical Association, Germany

The aim of this workshop is to consider safety when dealing with medicinal products with particular regard to demographic change. Especially where the elderly are concerned, medication errors and adverse drug events frequently occur. Therefore, preventive measures shall be discussed above all, as they may help to avoid medication errors among this group of patients, and also the subsequently resulting expenses in the future.

WHO will present the 'Global Patient Safety Challenge - Medication Safety' which it plans to launch in the first half of 2017.



  • Action Plan for Medication Safety in Germany - Daniel Grandt (GER)
  • The German-wide Medication-Plan - Martin Schulz (GER)
  • Interfaces – Transition in Care – Cira Kirke (IRL)
  • New Forms on Risk Communication - Nobert Paeschke (GER)


  • Presentation of the Global Challenge Medication Safety – WHO