Dr. Denham was a Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow in 2009 and a Senior Fellow in 2010 and 2011. His work there led to the production of a series of global documentaries on the Discovery Channel focused on unintentional medical error, systems failures, and opportunities for performance improvement. The films served as investigative journalism that used real stories of patients and caregivers that were broadcasted on the main Discovery Channel, however were credentialed as formal Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs delivered through Discovery Health. The films were shot at the WHO in Switzerland, France, the U.K. and at major medical centers including the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Harvard Affiliated Hospitals, and Harvard Business School. Approximately 2.5 hours of additional Continuing Education material was developed for each film and all of the assets including the broadcast films were provided for free to healthcare institutions and the public. Dr. Denham served as writer, director, and producer of the films. The films and work were co-funded by sponsors identified in the films and TMIT through donations by Denham.
Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board
Car racing, aviation, aerospace, and healthcare are similar. They continually push their limits in a high-risk environment. A safety net of invisible threads protects them. When those threads stretch, break, or are cut, accidents happen, ripping the joy of our loved ones from our lives. Racing and aviation differ from healthcare because they saw a great danger coming and learned hard lessons written in blood. It was their tsunami. Healthcare faces an impending tsunami of harm, waste, and distrust. This global epidemic is a wake up call to healthcare leaders. Will you sink, swim, or surf the Healthcare Tsunami? Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board is the follow up to the award-winning documentary, Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm aired on the Discovery Channel. Taking examples from high reliability industries such as auto racing, aviation, manufacturing, and even government, Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami provides leadership role models to help healthcare surf the impending tsunami of waste and harm.
Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm
Chasing Zero is the first in a series of documentaries produced by TMIT that target consumers, caregivers, and healthcare leaders. The goal is to inspire them to act now to prevent healthcare harm. The war on healthcare harm is not targeting bad people, but bad systems. These support systems no longer protect caregivers and patients as healthcare has become more complex and fragmented.
Healthcare harm has risen from the eighth leading cause of death to the third leading cause of death, when we include infections we have given patients during care.
Chasing Zero was filmed in multiple locations around the world. Interviews of World Health Organization leaders were undertaken in Geneva and London. Dennis Quaid was filmed on the movie set of Soul Surferon Oahu, Hawaii. Caregivers were shot in action at their hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Our goal is to reinforce role models of great caregivers and healthcare leaders, and to open dialogue among governance and leadership teams at America’s hospitals and healthcare organizations. This will make our care safer and more reliable.