- Access to Care (both access to screening and timely access to treatment),
- Quality of Mammography and
- Quality of Treatment.
With this in mind, one of the recommendations was to form an initiative among health care providers. These providers would share data on health care quality in a confidential manner with the goal of identifying where problems lay, ultimately solving those problems and saving lives. In 2008, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation provided funding to initiate the Chicago Breast Cancer Quality Consortium.
We are proud to announce that 54 health care institutions representing 116 sites (locations) in Metropolitan Chicago have either officially joined the Consortium or have expressed intent to join, demonstrating their dedication to the patients they serve. This represents 80 percent of mammography provided by hospitals in Metropolitan Chicago. It is an unprecedented level of participation by health care providers in a voluntary quality improvement project and represents a major commitment by community leaders and health care organizations to eliminating breast cancer disparities in Chicago.
The consortium has also received federal designation as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and is the nation's first PSO dedicated exclusively to breast health.