Cardinal Health’s Patient Safety Goals

Cardinal Health created the “Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety” (SPC) in 2009. Today SPC is a network of 130 hospitals able to share data and best practices to eliminate serious harm across their hospitals.

Recently, selected for the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, SPS has saved an estimated 10,000 children from serious harm and has eliminated more than $151 million in healthcare costs.

In addition to support for SPC, the Cardinal Health Foundation has established other initiatives and grant programs. The “Effectiveness, Efficiency & Excellence in Healthcare” (E3) grant program, has enabled the Cardinal Health Foundation to invest more than $8.6 million with 297 grants awarded so far.

These grants were awarded to hospitals, health systems, or to other health related organizations to improve patient safety outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Cardinal Health will not offer a 2018 E3 grant program. However, updates will be provided in fall 2018 and at that time, it is expected that an RFP will be released for 2019 funding.

Secondly, the Cardinal Health Foundation’s “Generation Rx Best Practices in Pain Medication Use and Patient Engagement” grants are helping clinicians meet CDC’s opioid prescribing guidelines to improve the safety and efficacy of pain care and to reduce the risks of long term opioid use.  The Foundation’s recipients for the grants are expected to be announced this spring.

Thirdly, Cardinal Health has partnered with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to prevent zero deaths by 2020. To work on this goal, Cardinal Health will encourage the sharing of successful patient safety processes among healthcare leaders within the Cardinal Health community

Lastly, a collaboration between the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation have established an award program that will recognize pharmacist-led inter-professional teams for significant system-wide improvements in medication safety that have demonstrated patient and organizational outcomes.

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