The Joint Commission is an independent, not for profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. In order to be accredited, an international healthcare provider must meet the rigorous standards set forth by JCI. The Joint Commission International extends the Joint Commission’s mission worldwide by assisting international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries, and others to improve the quality and safety of patient care in more than 100 countries. JCI was established in 1994 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a private, not-for-profit affiliate of the Joint Commission. JCI accreditation is one of the main criteria patients use to ensure they are travelling to a hospital with high standards of patient care.
Joint Commission Internationals accreditation program was developed by international experts and sets uniform, achievable expectations for structures, processes, and outcomes for health care organizations. The requirements include international patient safety goals that highlight problematic areas in health care and describe evidence and expert-based consensus solutions. The survey process accommodates specific legal, religious and cultural factors within a country. JCI accreditation is available for hospitals and academic medical centers, ambulatory care facilities, clinical laboratories, home care agencies, long term care organizations, medical transport organizations, and primary care services. There are over 600 JCI-accredited medical facilities worldwide. These hospitals give patients access to high standards of medical care which may otherwise not be available in their home countries. Healthcare facilities who have joined up with medical tourism agencies offer post-op care for visiting medical tourists. Patients receive utmost attention and care at these facilities, helping them recover in a relaxed atmosphere.
Benefits of JCI accreditation and certification
- Provides education on leading practices to improve clinical and business processes
- Improves risk management and results in risk reduction
- Strengthens community confidence in the quality and safety of care
- On-site evaluations conducted by highly trained clinicians and patient safety experts
- Standards developed by health care experts from around the world
- Advisory councils made up of health care leaders from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific provide guidance on key patient safety and quality issues.
Global Healthcare Accreditation Program
The Global Healthcare Accreditation Program is a premier healthcare quality and business solution for the global medical travel and medical tourism industries.
The GHA program evaluates compliance towards competencies that ensure a healthcare organization is not only monitoring its overall performance in the services provided to medical travel, medical tourism or international patients but that the entire medical travel cycle is streamlined to ensure an overall positive experience for consumers.
GHA provides healthcare organizations a unique opportunity to not only acquire skills & competence but choose from a portfolio of business solutions for any stage of development or objective.
Achieving Global Healthcare Accreditation is not only an accomplishment in operational excellence but a clear indicator an organization is also prioritizing their business strategy.
International Society for Quality in Health Care
ISQua is The International Society for Quality in Health Care. This global organization and its origins date back to 1985.
ISQua’s mission is to:
To inspire and drive improvement in the quality and safety of healthcare worldwide through education and knowledge sharing, external evaluation, supporting health systems and connecting people through global networks.
ISQua achieves this in several ways through a network that spans 100 countries and five continents;
Whatever your level of involvement in health care, as an individual or as an institution, joining our global network will help you to achieve your goals; and whatever your health care role, be it as a clinician, manager, policy maker, academic or other, if your remit is quality and safety then we offer a supportive, professional environment to help you perform more effectively.
We are a truly global body, with five out of six continents represented on ISQua’s ten-person board. The expertise of ISQua and its network of members is a highly valued resource by those in the medical and social care community.
Our network also develops partnerships which improve the delivery of health care for patients, their families and the organizations administering that care. One of our key partners is the World Health Organization (WHO) and we assist with technical and policy advice as well as knowledge sharing as part of WHO initiatives.
ISQua’s professional development education program was expanded considerably in 2012. This includes talks, debates, online workshops and webinars in all areas of health care safety and quality, as well as our flagship Fellowship program.
Improving Health Care Worldwide
Ideas and solutions are developed and exchanged through our extensive global network. Such co-operation covers the entire continuum of care, ranging from systems and processes to quality of patient care and performance. It also includes patients and their loved ones who are a valuable resource as we seek to achieve our goal of excellence in health care delivery and outcomes.
Additionally, ISQua is involved in the accreditation of national and regional health care facilities worldwide.