Berwick holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and an M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School.

Michael D. Chase, M.D., is the associate medical director of quality for Kaiser Permanente of Colorado. In this role, he oversees programs in quality, prevention, chronic care, patient safety, risk management, and research. In addition, Dr. Chase is the executive medical group sponsor of HealthConnect, the Kaiser Permanente electronic medical record, which was implemented in fall 2004. Dr. Chase has been with the Permanente Medical group since 1986 and continues to be a practicing internist. His past areas of interest and experience have included guideline development, pharmacy issues, leading clinical medical education for staff, teaching of medical students and residents, and development and use of clinical registries. He is a past department chief of internal medicine. In 1998 he was instrumental in the implementation of the first electronic medical record at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in 1998, for which he won the Nicholas E. Davies Award.

David C. Classen, M.D., M.S., is the chief medical officer at First Consulting Group and leads First Consulting’s safety and quality of healthcare initiatives and consulting practice in this area. Dr. Classen is also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Utah and a consultant in infectious diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. He was the chair of Intermountain Healthcare’s Clinical Quality Committee for Drug Use and Evaluation and was the initial developer of patient safety research and patient safety programs at Intermountain Healthcare. In addition, he developed, implemented, and evaluated a computerized physician order entry program at the Latter-Day Saints Hospital that significantly improved the safety of medication use. He was a member of the IOM committee that created National Healthcare Quality. He also chaired the Federal Safety Taskforce: Quality Interagency Coordination Taskforce/ Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Collaborative on Improving Safety in High Hazard Areas. He was co-chair of the IHI’s Collaborative on Perioperative Safety. Dr. Classen currently chairs the Surgical Safety Collaborative at the IHI and is also a faculty member of the IHI/National Health Foundation Safer Patients Initiative in the United Kingdom. Dr. Classen is a developer of the “trigger tool methodology” at the IHI for the improved detection of adverse events. It is being used by more than 150 healthcare organizations throughout the United States and Europe. He received his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a M.Sc. in medical informatics from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He served as chief medical resident at the University of Connecticut. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.



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