|[February 12, 2014]
Leading Patient Safety Advocate and Founder of the Emily Jerry Foundation to Serve as Keynote Speaker at the HIMSS'14 Preconference Symposium on Transforming and Innovating Healthcare Through New Technologies
ORLANDO, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
Christopher Jerry, founder of the Emily
Jerry Foundation and a national advocate for increasing the adoption
of new technologies to minimize death and injury from medication errors,
will serve as the keynote speaker at the Intelligent Hospital
Preconference Symposium to be held just prior to the 2014 HIMSS
Conference. The Symposium will be held at the Hilton Hotel in
Orlando, Fla., on February 23 at 8 AM ET.
Jerry founded the Emily Jerry Foundation after his two-year-old
daughter, Emily, tragically died from a medication error in a hospital
setting in 2006. Diagnosed with a yolk sac tumor as a toddler, Emily was
completing her final chemotherapy treatment when a hospital pharmacy
technician mistakenly formulated a lethal dose of concentrated sodium
"One preventable death is too many," said Jerry. "With the advanced and
proven technologies we have today, we can clearly prevent the vast
majority of patient injuries and deaths in hospitals and other
healthcare settings. The Emily Jerry Foundation was conceived to
advocate for the people who can no longer speak for themselves, the ones
who died too early because of largely preventable medication errors. The
medical community must come together and help us advocate for patient
According to a study in the September 2013 issue of Journal
of Patient Safety - "A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient
Harms Associated with Hospital Care" - patient deaths from medical
errors - or preventable adverse events (PAEs) - in hospital settings may
be as high as 400,000 deaths per year.
Jerry's keynote presentation, "The Emily Jerry Story: From Tragedy to
Triumph - Improving Patient Care and Safety Through the Adoption of
Technology," will take place during the Intelligent Hospital
Preconference Symposium, jointly hosted by IEEE,
the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing
technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, and
the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC). The Symposium brings together
some of the brightest, most influential physicians from the top
hospitals in the country, to share case studies and discuss how the
implementation of innovative technologies are creating dramatic
improvements in patient care, patient safety, and operating efficiencies.
Jerry's attendance at the Symposium and HIMSS conference is provided by MEPS
Real-Time, Inc., a company on the leading edge of providing products
and services focused on increasing patient safety in healthcare
settings. BD Medical, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company),
will be co-hosting Jerry's presentation with MEPS Real-Time, Inc. on
Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the HIMSS Intelligent Hospital.
Following is a complete list of events where Jerry will speak during the
week of the HIMSS conference:
Sunday, Feb. 23, 8:00 AM at the Hilton Hotel Orlando: Jerry
will present the keynote speech at the Intelligent Hospital
Monday, Feb. 24, 5:30 PM at the Orange (News - Alert) County Convention
Center, Leadership Theater, Intelligent Hospital Pavilion: During the
RHCC and Intelligent Hospital Awards banquet, Jerry will accept an
award on behalf of the Emily Jerry Foundation that recognizes leaders
in advanced healthcare technology solutions. Q&A with press to follow.
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1:45 PM at the Orange County Convention
Center, Leadership Theater, Intelligent Hospital Pavilion: Jerry will
present a talk on how medical facilities can be made safer by
identifying technology proven to minimize 'human medical errors.'
Press conference with Q&A to follow in the Intelligent Hospital
Those interested in making a donation to the Emily Jerry Foundation may
do so during the HIMSS conference at the IEEE (News - Alert) kiosk at the Intelligent
Hospital Pavilion (Hall E, Booth 8265), online at emilyjerryfoundation.org,
or by mail with checks payable to The Emily Jerry Foundation, 7665
Mentor Ave., Suite 343, Mentor, Ohio, 44060.
About the Emily Jerry Foundation
Founded in 2006, and based in Mentor, Ohio, the Emily Jerry Foundation
is determined to help make the nation's world-renowned, medical
facilities safer for everyone, beginning with babies and children. The
Foundation is accomplishing this very important objective by focusing on
increasing public awareness of key patient safety related issues and
identifying technology and best practices that are proven to minimize
the "human error" component of medicine. Through its ongoing efforts,
the Emily Jerry Foundation is working hard to save lives every day. For
more information, visit www.emilyjerryfoundation.org.
BD is a leading medical technology company that partners with customers
and stakeholders to address many of the world's most pressing and
evolving health needs. Our innovative solutions are focused on improving
drug delivery, enhancing the diagnosis of infectious diseases and
cancers, supporting the management of diabetes and advancing cellular
research. We are nearly 30,000 associates in 50 countries who strive to
fulfill our purpose of "Helping all people live healthy lives" by
advancing the quality, accessibility, safety and affordability of
healthcare around the world. For more information, please visit www.bd.com.
The Intelligent Hospital
The "Intelligent Hospital" was created to help raise the level of
awareness and to educate the healthcare industry on the many
applications of RFID and RTLS technologies integrated within the
clinical scenarios. Visitors to the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion will
see first-hand how these technologies are able to deliver real time data
from the patient's room/bedside to the clinicians smart mobile devices,
thus providing care givers with real time visibility of people, assets,
and processes. For more information, visit www.intelligenthospital.org.
IEEE is a large, global professional organization dedicated to advancing
technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited
publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and
educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of
areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications
to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.
Learn more at http://www.ieee.org.
About MEPS Real-Time, Inc.
MEPS Real-Time, Inc. is the market leader in developing cutting-edge
RFID solutions for hospitals. Our goal is to safely and accurately
manage high-value, critical-dose medication dispensing and delivery to
patients. For more information visit www.mepsrealtime.com.
About the RFID in Healthcare Consortium
The RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) is a not-for-profit, global
organization founded to elevate awareness and to educate the Life
Sciences community on the adoption of new technologies. The RHCC is an
educationally focused, vendor neutral, technology and frequency
agnostic, association dedicated to promoting the use and adoption of
auto-ID, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors and wireless technologies in the
healthcare, assisted and independent living and nursing home industries.
For more information, please visit: www.rfidinhealthcare.org/rhcc/rfid-healthcare.
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