How would you determine the best of medical health care? What parameters do you see to consider a hospital as first class?
Accreditation is a tool, which determines the quality standard of a hospital by comparing it with the set standard of accreditation boards. It is a quality index for medical tourists or any other person who wants know about the performance, policies, working conditions and services offered by a hospital situated abroad.
Accreditation is an asset to the hospital. It is used as a marketing tool, to attract patients across international borders.
Following reasons demonstrate what accreditation of a hospital means to a patient:
Accreditation gives a patient access to review any hospital in the world, before deciding on the destination for a medical procedure. It enables a patient from any part of the world to view the different types of treatment that hospitals around the globe offer. It helps them in choosing the best hospitals in terms of the quality that they have to offer.
An accreditation board first reviews the working conditions of the hospitals and then decides the number of years of survey the hospital needs, to be worthy of an accreditation certificate. Commonly, the survey is conducted for a minimum of three years for a hospital and two years for laboratories, which can provide access to all the information about the hospital. The accreditation board offers ways to improve the standards of a hospital, which are not in compliance with the set quality levels. The nature of the survey depends on the chosen accreditation board, which provides grades and recommendations on the basis of the findings.
Joint Commission International is one of the most reputed international medical accreditation services, that works to improve health care in hospitals, so that patients get the highest quality of service. The company adopts a procedure of surveying the provided medical care for nearly three years, which includes a detailed evaluation of all the units of the hospital. It updates it standards on a yearly basis, to keep up with the technology, while expanding its safety procedures for the patients. The Joint Commission International has accredited around 900 hospitals in the last few years.
Popular accreditation boards include Joint Commission International, International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), International Organization for Standardisation etc.
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