Workshop on Implementing International Standards in Hospitals
INQUIRER.net / 09:41 PM February 21, 2012
In line with the Philippine government’s thrust of providing universal access to healthcare, the country’s hospitals and healthcare providers were urged to upgrade their standards like what citizens of developed countries are getting in a socialized healthcare system to be efficient. Hospitals and clinics need to be internationally accredited in order for them to be globally competitive and open new markets including foreign patients.
International accreditation provides assurance on patient safety and quality of care, which are main concerns for patients and health insurance companies. It stimulates continuous improvement for healthcare organizations and builds credibility and confidence.
To address this issue, an international accreditation program called NABH International is represented in the Philippines by HealthCORE to encourage hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers in the country to improve the quality of care in their facilities at par with international benchmarks.
According to former Philippine Senator and DOH Secretary Juan Flavier, who serves as Advisor to HealthCORE, “I support NABH International in its mission of improving healthcare in our country. And I subscribe to the belief that we, as Filipinos, can achieve world-class standards.”
NABH International is accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) under its International Accreditation Program—one of the few accrediting organizations in the world to achieve this recognition. ISQua is an international body which grants approval to healthcare accreditation programs around the world as a seal of excellence.
Because of these reasons, NABH International and HealthCORE will conduct an in-depth and comprehensive workshop on February 27-29, 2012 at the Development Academy of the Philippines to teach hospitals on how to be internationally accredited and provide excellent services and treatments to patients.
This three-day training program concentrates on achieving quality assurance and quality improvement for hospitals focusing on patient safety and patient care, following the guiding principles of ISQua.
Among the important topics to be discussed in the workshop are standards on continuous quality improvement, good governance, facility safety, human resources, and information management system. Standards on access and care of patients, management of medication, patient rights, and infection control will likewise be covered, as part of the criteria set by ISQua and implemented by NABH International. The workshop will be facilitated by the international assessors and technical advisors themselves who are from the accredited hospitals.
Hospital owners, CEOs, COOs, administrators, quality personnel, medical directors, nursing supervisors, and practitioners in the healthcare industry are invited to participate in the training. It will be a venue for them not only to learn about methods and best practices on how to achieve world-class standards, but also to assist them in achieving excellent marks for local accreditation such as PhilHealth.
Entitled “Workshop on Implementing International Accreditation Standards for Hospitals,” the training will be conducted from February 27-29, 2012 at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines.
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