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Patient Safety Program

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Your Department of Defense Patient Safety Program (DoD PSP) was mandated by the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act of 2001 in an effort to ensure the safe delivery of health care to 9.4 million TRICARE beneficiaries across the Military Health System.

  • Our DoD PSP fosters a culture of patient safety through promoting trust and transparency to empower everyone to deliver safe and reliable care to every patient we serve. 
  • Our dedication to patient safety is evident in all communications and through coordination and teamwork.
  • Our comprehensive program provides products, services, educational opportunities and training resources.

Our Mission

To promote a culture of safety to eliminate preventable patient harm by engaging, educating and equipping patient care teams to institutionalize evidence-based safe practices. To accomplish this mission, we target health care leadership, health care professionals and beneficiaries, and outline their roles in patient safety practices.

Our Guiding Principles

  1. Encourage an evidence-based systems approach to create a safer patient environment.
  2. Engage MHS leadership in the importance of patient safety and the establishment of an organizational culture that supports it.
  3. Foster trust, transparency, teamwork, and communication.   

Your DoD PSP supports the military mission through fostering a culture of safety to protect the health of patients entrusted to our care.

To Learn More

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

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