News from Transparent Learning

JUNE 30, 2010
Transparent Learning Signs Partnership Agreement with The Empowered Patient Coalition

Transparent Learning, Inc., which delivers healthcare learning programs related to patient safety, disclosure and transparency, announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with The Empowered Patient Coalition. The agreement calls for Transparent Learning and the Coalition to expand the reach of each other’s initiatives nationwide through Web, email and other programs to their constituencies within the patient safety community.

Formed by patient advocates Helen Haskell and Julia Hallisy DDS, The Empowered Patient Coalition ( is a charitable organization devoted to helping the public improve the quality and the safety of their healthcare. The Coalition feels strongly that the first crucial steps in both patient empowerment and patient safety efforts are information and education. As one of its first programs, the coalition developed a detailed and comprehensive patient guide to hospital care to give consumers a blueprint for interacting with the healthcare system in ways that are safe, successful and empowering.

As a major part of the partnership, the Coalition will publicize the DVD learning program, "The Faces of Medical Error…From Tears to Transparency: The Story of Lewis Blackman," to help ensure its growing importance in the patient safety community. This program teaches the practices and principles necessary to reduce preventable medical error by putting a face on errors. This is done in a way that caregivers, hospital administrators, risk managers, educators, policymakers, and consumers can all relate to on an emotional level. The program, which consists of the award-winning film and complementary educational materials, is available at the Transparent Learning store.

"We highly value the advocacy programs and information resources that The Empowered Patient Coalition offers, helping patients become more educated and empowered," said David Mayer, MD, an executive at Transparent Learning. "Adding the educational resources of 'The Story of Lewis Blackman' will help the Coalition deliver a program that puts an important face on the effects of medical error."

"The Story of Lewis Blackman" chronicles the experience of 15-year-old Lewis Blackman, the son of Empowered Patient Coalition co-founder Helen Haskell. A vibrant, healthy young man, Lewis entered the hospital for what was believed to be a low-risk medical procedure; he died several days later as the result of a series of medical errors. It also teaches the value of disclosure and transparency. "The Story of Lewis Blackman" was produced by Transparent Health®, a group of healthcare practitioners, educators, and safety experts dedicated to the prevention of harm resulting from medical care.

Transparent Health® "has taken our family's personal tragedy and used it to try to change the world for the better," said Helen Haskell. "In the miscalculations and oversights of a hospital stay gone horribly wrong, 'The Story of Lewis Blackman' traces important educational themes every healthcare provider needs to know. This film should be in the tool box of everyone involved in the care of patients."

About Transparent Learning
Transparent Learning, Inc. was founded in 2009 by experts in patient safety, transparency and education. Transparent Learning’s mission is to improve patient care outcomes by delivering innovative and emotionally engaging education programs in patient safety, disclosure and related areas. To accomplish this, Transparent Learning designs, develops, delivers, and assesses innovative outcomes-based educational programs throughout the care continuum.