Charles R. Denham, MD
CEO, HCC Corporation
Chairman, TMIT
Austin, TX

Dr. Denham launched the Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT) in the mid 1980ís to focus on innovations in healthcare with the intention to self fund it through a for profit company, Health Care Concepts, Inc. he founded at the same time. He was teaching innovations and product development in bio-medical engineering at the University of Texas in Austin and had just retired as a radiation oncologist in private practice when he was introduced to patient safety issues by Dr. Don Berwick and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the mid 90ís. At that time Denham was leading quality improvement programs for Premier, Inc., which was then the worldís largest healthcare Group Purchasing Organization comprised of more than 2,100 hospital members who were many of the nations largest hospitals delivering more than half of the healthcare procedural volume and serving more than 60% of hospital admissions in the U.S. He co-led a program funded by Premier with IHI and was introduced to the methods of performance improvement and patient safety leaders through Dr. Berwick.

Denham had launched and was operating the Premier Innovation Institute with Premier in collaboration with TMIT, when Premier was approached by the Leapfrog Group to focus on safety. Dr. Denham was asked to lead the collaboration with Leapfrog by Premier. Denham agreed to produce the original Leapfrog Group survey through TMIT at Leapfrogs request. The SafetyLeaders.org website was born to serve the large network of hospitals pursuing excellence through Leapfrog and with IHI. That led to the National Quality Forum asking Dr. Denham to serve as the co-chairman of the National Quality Forum Safe Practices Update in 2009. With the success of the NQF Safe Practices, the Leapfrog Group asked Dr. Denham to chair itís Safe Practices program.

National webinars to support the Leapfrog Group and the National Quality Forum Safe Practices led to the formal invitation of the VHA hospital membership to join the Premier membership which grew the aggregate TMIT network of hospitals reached to 3,100. The monthly High Performer Webinar Series now in its 10th year serve The TMIT National Research Test Bed which has undertaken survey research and specific projects with hospital systems such as the Mayo Clinic. This program which at the end of 2018 will have delivered more than 150 individual 90 minute webinars with one every month for a decade. Survey research from the network has led to publications and support of safety issues with the Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and Healthcare Resources and Services Administration.

Denham was recruited to serve as the Associate Editor or the Journal of Patient Safety based on his work with NQF, the Leapfrog Group, and TMIT. Due to the strong readership of Dr. Denhamís articles and those of authors he recruited, he was asked in 2011 to assume the Editor-in-Chief role which he did and served from 2011 to 2014. He co-founded the Global Patient Safety Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, a convener of global healthcare leaders which packages patient safety content for global audiences, much of it originated by and found on SafetyLeaders. Academically, Dr. Denham has served as an Adjunct Professor of Health Services Engineering at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and as an instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and as a lecturer with the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He was a senior fellow of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2009 and senior fellow in 2010 and then again in 2011.

The 2010 award-winning documentary, Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm was developed by TMIT productions as his project at Harvard. Charles Denham served as executive producer, writer, and broadcast journalist with Dennis Quaid who narrated the film seen globally on the Discovery Channel. The second film, Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board, also co-produced with the Discovery Channel, followed in 2012 for which Dr. Denham also wrote, produced, and in this case narrated when Dennis Quaid had scheduling conflicts. A third film in the series currently in production will address the new discipline of ďthreat safety scienceĒ and how caregivers and patients can avoid medical errors, systems failures, and healthcare administrative and academic fraud that can harm their families.

Wall Street Journal Articles by Dr. Denham