Robert Wachter

Robert Wachter, MD

Co-author of Internal Bleeding, Leader of the Hospitalist Movement
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The Quality, Safety, and Value Movements: Why Transforming the Delivery of Healthcare is No Longer Elective.
In this talk, I review the brief history of the quality and safety movements, the new push for “value” (quality + safety + patient satisfaction divided by cost), and how all of these levers (accreditation, regulation, transparency, payment changes) are combining to create unprecedented pressure on caregivers and delivery organizations to change their ways of doing business. Rather than being depressed, audiences leave with a deep understanding of healthcare’s new landscape, and a roadmap (and some optimism) for success in this new world.

What We Need to Know and Do to Cure our Epidemic of Medical Mistakes.
A case- based, dramatic talk that describes a new way to think about medical errors. It is the Cliff Notes version of my bestselling books, Internal Bleeding and Understanding Patient Safety. The talk is suitable for novices, experts, and even lay audiences.

The First Decade of the Patient Safety Movement: Successes, Failures, Surprises and Epiphanies.
A more policy-oriented safety talk than #2; more appropriate for advanced audiences. The talk chronicles what is and is not working (regulation, IT, reporting, accountability, etc.) in our efforts to prevent medical mistakes.

The ‘Great Physician’ of 2013: Embracing the New Without Abandoning the Good Parts of the Old.
The pressures to mint a new type of physician – one more focused on teamwork and systems – are strong and largely correct. In this talk, I review why it is critical that physicians embrace these new skills and attitudes, but I also highlight some of the unanticipated and potentially negative consequences of an unbalanced move away from the traditional emphasis on individual excellence.

Consequences (Expected and Otherwise) of the Quality and Information Technology Revolutions.
The talk is a slightly contrarian view of these trends, two of the most dominant issues facing health care today. Most talks on these issues are dry and pat; clinical audiences leave this talk thinking about these topics in a new, fresh way.

The Hospitalist Movement 15 Years Later: Key Issues for the Second Decade.
I coined the term “hospitalist” in the NEJM in 1996. I cover the forces driving the growth of the field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of medicine, and what’s to come.

Why Book Robert Wachter?

  • He is an advocate for patient safety and healthcare quality and discusses the revolution of evidence-based medicine happening in healthcare today.

  • He is proficient in healthcare policy, epidemiology, ethics, quality, safety, and medical education, and speaks expertly on each topic.

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    Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Interim Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also directs the Division of Hospital Medicine. Author of 250 articles and 6 books, he coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

    In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the U.S. government’s leading website on patient safety and has written two books on the subject, including Internal Bleeding and Understanding Patient Safety, the best selling safety primer. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. In 2015, Modern Healthcare magazine ranked him as the most influential physician-executive in the U.S., his eighth consecutive year in the top 50. He has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google. His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller. He is currently chairing a group charged by the UK’s Secretary of Health to advise the British National Health Service on its digital strategy.

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    "We could not have been happier with Dr. Wachter's presentations. He kicked off our retreat on Friday morning and then hosted two breakout sessions in the afternoon. His communication skills are excellent and his message was right on target for our organization. Our internal participant evaluations rated his presentation at the highest level."
    --Presbyterian Healthcare

    "Dr. Wacther was just perfect. We received excellent feedback on his talk. I would recommend him to others."
    --Providence Health Systems

    "Our attendees really enjoyed his presentation. He had the largest third day crowd for a keynote I have seen in years!"
    --American Society for Healthcare Risk Management

    "Absolutely fantastic, couldn't be happier. Dr.Wachter was a hit as I knew he would be. Not surprisingly, he was well acquainted with our speaker who followed him, actually had done some work with him, quoted him in his talk which of course made it look like we had previously planned all that, which we hadn't. He’s a great guy, you are lucky to have him in your bureau. Thank you for your help."
    --Tenet Healthcare Corporation

    "Dr. Wachter was wonderful! The audience was unanimously well pleased with his content and his delivery. Thank you very much with your assistance to engage Dr. Wachter for the conference"
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