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Improved Patient Handoffs Require Comprehensive Approach

Oct. 2017: "The best strategies for improving patient handoffs take a more comprehensive approach instead of focusing exclusively on that moment when a patient’s care is transferred from one caregiver to another, says Christopher Landrigan, MD, [...]


  • Patient Safety Movement Foundation Innovation AwardRecipient (2018)
  • John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality – Recipient (2017)
  • PHM Safety and Quality, Award Recipient (2015)
  • Top Articles” in Medical Education (#1 and #2) at Pediatric Hospital Medicine Annual Conference (2014)
  • HBS-HMS Health Acceleration Cox Award Recipient (2014)
  • Community / Patient Empowerment Award, Boston Children’s Hospital Taking on Tomorrow Conference (2013)
  • Accreditation Canada Leading Practices, Award Recipient (2013)
  • AAMC Readiness For Reform (R4R) Health Care Innovation Challenge – Honorable Mention (2012)
  • Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education – Award Recipient (2011)


The I-PASS signout format is now widely used in graduate medical education and is considered the gold standard for effective signout communication between physicians.

PSNet, Patient Safety Network, July 2016

Four Ideas That Could Transform Healthcare Delivery “The I-PASS Handoff Process has been associated with a 30% reduction in injuries due to medical errors in nine hospitals. Medical professionals transmit vital information at every change of shift and whenever a patient changes locations.”

Harvard Business Review, October 2015

Avoiding Medical Errors in the Hospital “The risk for medical errors increases during handoffs. If you’re privy to the handoff discussion between doctors or teams, you can confirm your care instructions or next management steps and address any omissions about your health, such as drug allergies or a special diet.”

Healthafter50, August 2016