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Advancing High Reliable Care One Facility at a Time

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The Defense Health Agency is requesting nominations for the 2018 Advancement Toward High Reliability in Healthcare Awards Program. Military treatment facilities are encouraged to participate and submit their award package by 4 p.m. EDT on Aug. 1.

The awards program encourages four important institutional goals: raise awareness, reward successful efforts, inspire organizations, and share successes. These awards recognize those who have shown initiative and commitment to the development of systems and processes that improve safety and quality and promote an environment of continuous learning and sharing. 

Awards will be presented in the following disciplines: 

  • Health Care Quality. 
  • Patient Safety. 
  • Patient Engagement.
  • Improved Access.

This year, health care quality and patient safety have been separated into two independent disciplines.

“There are a lot of strong leading practices happening every day,” explains Dr. Daniel Ross, chief of the DoD Patient Safety Program. “By separating quality and patient safety disciplines and having four disciplines it gives us the ability to recognize even more excellence across the MHS.”

MTFs have an opportunity to pioneer change and process improvements as new tools and resources are deployed. 

The continued roll-out of MHS GENESIS®, the DoD’s electronic health record system, and advancement of telehealth services, such as the Nurse Advice Line expanding coverage to overseas beneficiaries located near an MTF, continue to give MTF staff an opportunity for innovation.

Health care teams who are focused on clinical improvements to enhance surgical quality, prevent readmissions and reduce health care-acquired conditions are encouraged to submit a nomination for the Healthcare Quality Award.

Improving the quality of care our beneficiaries receive is an important focus for the MHS. Ensuring the service members and their families receive care that results in the desired health outcome is important from both a quality and medical readiness perspective.

For more information about the Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Awards, please visit the Awards Program web page. Questions about the award program, categories or submission process, should be directed to this e-mail inbox.


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