Healthcare Accreditation is a process of self and external peer assessment that keeps in check the quality standards of a healthcare organization like a hospital and allows it to demonstrate its ability to meet regulatory requirements and international standards to display its dedication and commitment to bring in a higher level of performance and patient care. It’s a continuous process to accurately assess the level of performance of a healthcare organization in relation to established standards and to implement ways to continuously improve. CIAC collaborates with industry experts to create standards to ensure that quality is maintained throughout all aspects of the organization.
Benefits of Accreditation in Healthcare Organizations
The essential purpose of accreditation in healthcare is to define & implement performance improvement strategies to improve risk management & risk reduction that help health care organizations to continuously improve the safety and quality of care, which can reduce the risk of error or low quality care. The process of accreditation helps the healthcare organizations maintain compliance with healthcare laws and regulations and keep up to date with industry standards. Accreditation ensures the health, safety and welfare of society by assuring competent public health professionals.
The importance of measuring and monitoring healthcare quality is no longer in doubt. Yet quantifying healthcare quality is a complex and challenging process for which public and payer demand beyond excellent capabilities. The healthcare professionals need to engage in efforts to evaluate quality of care to ensure its relevance and validity. The entire process of quality assessment requires judgment and choices that should be influenced by the clinical realities of medical care, a perspective that clinicians uniquely possess. Accordingly, it is considered essential that healthcare providers acquire the knowledge to participate actively in the assessment of healthcare quality.
Accreditation is regarded as one of the key benchmarks for measuring the quality of an healthcare organization. Preparing for accreditation gives the organization an opportunity to identify its strengths and opportunities for improvement. This process provides information for management to make decisions regarding operations in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of business performance.
With the continuous changes in health care, patients are in search of reputable providers that consistently offer the best quality care and demonstrate the ability to maintain compliance with national standards. Illustrate your organization’s ability to adjust to industry changes and add value to your organization with accreditation.
Accreditation Standards for Wellness Centres
Accreditation Standards to evaluate wellness centres provide framework for quality of care for customers and quality improvement for wellness centres. The standards help to build a quality culture at all levels and across all the functions of a wellness centre. The standards focus on all aspects of service delivery like customer rights and education, infection control practices, trained and experienced staff, infrastructure, environment safety, processes and controls among many other statutory & regulatory compliances. Accreditation results in high quality of care and customer safety. Customer satisfaction is regularly evaluated which stimulates a continuous improvement. It enables a wellness centre in demonstrating commitment to quality services and raises community confidence in the services provided by the centre. It also provides opportunity to wellness unit to benchmark with the best.
A “Quality Star Rating” provided to the accredited centres will instils confidence in the tourists and locals that the centres are providing services as per global standards by credentialed (qualified and trained) staff and rights of customers are protected. Emphasis is given on infection control practices and environment safety aspects.