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Patient Safety Awareness Week

The Military Health System has no higher priority than the safety of our patients. Our commitment to Ready Reliable Care sustains a culture of safety at every hospital, clinic or other point of care across the MHS.

Messages for Communicators

  • Our mission is to promote a culture of safety to end preventable patient harm.
    • Patient safety is a priority for the MHS all year long.
  • MHS patient-care teams are engaged, educated and equipped to put evidenced-based leading practices in place across the organization
  • Patient engagement is key to building a trusted relationship between providers and patients and their families that leads to safer care.
  • Leaders at every level and all staff help drive high reliability forward to achieve the goal of zero preventable harm on behalf of our beneficiaries.
  • Patient Safety is advancing Ready Reliable Care, every day, in every level at every MTF.
  • The ongoing MHS transition strengthen accountability, transparency, and standardization to prevent harm, promote continuous learning, and improve the quality of care and services delivered in the MHS.
    • The result is a ready, resilient and reliable healthcare system.
  • Technology can play a critical role in patient safety through enterprise-wide processes, technology, and training.
    • Tools like the Joint Patient Safety Reporting application and our MHS Genesis electronic health records system promote standardization, optimization, and innovation in patient safety.
  • The MHS partners with the Institute of Health Improvement for Patient Safety Awareness Week.
    • IHI provides a Patient Safety Essentials Toolkit, as well as other resources, available year round for MTFs to use and advance patient safety efforts.


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