I’ve mentioned the importance of accreditation, and how facilitation companies are promoting and requiring that hospitals be JCI accredited as part of establishing themselves as medical tourism destinations. I wanted to expound on the significance, and what goes into certification, a little further.
Joint Commission International(JCI) accreditation and certification is a voluntary process through which a facility is assessed on its quality, staff, and commitment to improved safety. Achieving the JCI Accreditation Gold Seal of Approval represents a benchmark for quality care. Patients and health organizations alike recognize this symbol as a testament to a facility’s commitment in providing quality care.
Accreditation is broken into several programs based on type, they are Ambulatory Care, Care Continuum, Clinical Laboratory, Hospital, Medical Transport, Primary Care, and Clinical Care Program Certification.
JCI provides six international patient safety goals which must be met. The goals are:
Goal 1: Identify Patients Correctly: The organization develops an approach to improve accuracy of patient identifications.
Goal 2: Improve Effective Communication: The organization develops an approach to improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers.
Goal 3: Improve the Safety of high-Alert Medications: The organization develops an approach to improve the safety of high-alert medications.
Goal 4: Ensure Correct-Site, Correct-Procedure, Correct-Patient Surgery: The organization develops an approach to ensuring correct-site, correct-procedure, and correct-patient surgery.
Goal 5: Reduce the risk of health Care–Associated Infections: The organization develops an approach to reduce the risk of health care–associated infections.
Goal 6: Reduce the Risk of Patient Harm Resulting from Falls: The organization develops an approach to reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls.