Charles Denham

Charles Denham
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Charles Denham is Chairman of Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT).

Charles Denham (born in 1955 in San Bernardino, California) is the Chairman of Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT), an independent medical nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives, saving money, and building value in the 3,100 hospital research test bed it serves. He is CEO of Health Care Concepts Corporation (HCC).

Dr. Denham is the Co-Chairman of the National Quality Forum Safe Practices program and Chairman of the Leapfrog Group Safe Practices Program, and is a Senior Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. He is the Chairman of the Patient Safety Center Development Board of the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is an adjunct professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Health Services Engineering, has a faculty teaching appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Patient Safety. He is the producer of a global series of documentaries including Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm.



Charles Denham was graduated with a B.M.S. and M.D. from the University of Alberta. He completed his medical residency in radiation oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. Denham began his career as a radiation oncologist in Austin, Texas. He founded both the HCC Corporation (HCC) and TMIT in 1984. HCC is a commercial technology, service, and product incubator that has developed or supported more than 400 healthcare solutions. It incubates healthcare solutions ranging from individual products and start-up Health Information Technology companies to entire business divisions for global Fortune 10 companies. Through its National Research Test Bed of more than 3 out of 5 U.S. hospitals, TMIT drives acceleration of patient safety practices that target national standards. It has co-funded and co-led the development of the National Quality Forum's 2006, 2009, and 2010 Safe Practices for Better Healthcare. These national standards established a consensus program defined by the U.S. Congress and are now used by U.S. healthcare organizations.

TMIT supports and builds elements of a national pay-for-performance program with The Leapfrog Group, representing more than 180 Fortune 500 companies, which measures adoption of the NQF Safe Practices of more than 1,200 hospitals, representing more than 40% of acute care delivered in the U.S. TMIT's task forces with federal agencies, certifying, and quality organizations include the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Joint Commission, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), The Leapfrog Group, and the National Quality Forum (NQF). Research and collaborative support have been provided to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), NASA, and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Denham is a co-founder of the Global Patient Safety Forum, along with the former Health Minister of the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland, Dr. Thomas Zeltner. The Global Patient Safety Forum is a global convener and connector of patient safety organizations and their programs which was formed to accelerate the adoption of innovations in patient safety.

Dr. Denham has published more than 100 scientific articles, co-authored books and book chapters, and produced numerous multimedia productions on subjects relating to patient safety, leadership, and technology adoption. He has collaborated with movie actor Dennis Quaid to accelerate the adoption of safety solutions such as bar-code technologies, and has produced the documentary Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm, aired on the Discovery Channel.

He is Chairman of the development board of the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He leads the Greenlight Program, developing national impact calculators in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Catholic Healthcare Partners, Seton Medical Center, and the Centers for Disease Control. He plays a leadership role with a global team of developers of a Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE) flight simulator that measures performance improvement of hospital medication management systems, driving patient safety through healthcare information technologies.

Awards and honors


  • "It is time to put the care back in healthcare and the trust back into the public trust."
  • "You can’t out-give success."
  • "Speed and excellence are Siamese twins."

External links


  • Chip Caldwell, Charles Denham, "Medication Safety and Cost Recovery: A Four-Step Approach for Executives," 2001, ISBN 1-56793-154-5

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