Joint commission international – meeting the standards of health care and safety
Joint Commission International – Meeting the Standards of Health Care and SafetyJoint Commission International Mission Statement: To continuously develop and improvethe standardized health care and facilitation for the public, in collaboration with otherparticipants, by assessing health care systems and inspiring them to stand out in providingsafe and effective care of the highest quality and value. Founded in 1951, The JointCommission is the world’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body inhealth care. It was founded by defining as a Patient Safety Solution system design orintervention that will demonstrate the ability to prevent or mitigate patient harm stemmingfrom the processes of health care. An Overview of Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for the Quality Assessment of Health Care SystemsJoint commission international’s commitment towards serving the humanity is offeringservices beyond par excellence. Their accreditation program is more than its standards,impeccable surveying process, scoring method, decision process and the standardinterpretation policies made JCI a symbol of public health care and safety.The accreditation and certification program of Joint Commission international is designed tomeet all the requirements whether they are social, political or economical. JCI is activelyworking in the countries where legislation has been enacted aiming to improve the healthservices and manage their cost.The Joint commission international accreditation and certification program evaluates thecapability of an entire health organization to produce good results. The evaluation consistsof full range of functions and systems including: • Prevention of patient care hand-over errors • Prevention of wrong site/wrong procedure/wrong person surgical errors • Prevention of continuity of medication errors • Prevention of high concentration drug errors • Promotion of effective hand hygiene practicesJoint Commission International – A Symbol of Health Care GloballyJCI is offering consultation to worldwide organizations having the diverse medical cultures inthe U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America. Joint commissioninternational services include: • Development of a quality evaluation system according to the specific needs on national or regional basis. • Development of a program to prepare an organization for accreditation and certification process. • Development and advancement of operations like management, clinical technology / functions, facility planning and implementation criteria. • Continuous performance measurement and development of a cycled quality improvement program.
• Quality and safety improvement, including engineering safety and health design, infection control and prevention, medication management and patient safety.Benefits of Joint Commission International Accreditation and CertificationJoint commission international accreditation was launched in 1999 to provide standards andexpectations for hospitals. The standards given are made for international use and designedto help international patients to decide if the hospitals are trustable or not. • Joint commission international is pioneer in providing education on good practices to improve and manage clinical and business processes. • JCI focuses on risk management criteria to reduce the risk factor down to level zero. • JCI is standards based upon quality and safety of health care is gaining confidence worldwide. • JCI is the hub of highly trained professionals like clinicians and advocates who practice the top evaluation methods to maintain highest standards of patient’s safety. • JCI organize worldwide events with health care professionals to develop the strict and valued safety standards. • JCI accreditation and certification decisions are made by a nominated international committee of health care experts. • JCI advisory councils include the world health care leaders from Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, who continuously monitors key patient safety and quality issues.Trends and ConclusionsJoint commission international’s global experience till date points to a common desireamong countries for improved access and quality with the better management of healthcare costs. Health care system stakeholders are demanding more accountability and bettertrained health care professionals. Country health care systems are looking to othercountries for clinical practice guidelines and other tools to promote the practice of evidencebased medicine, implying opportunities for international knowledge exchange and thepotential for increasing consistency in the practice of medicine and overall health caredelivery. The growing interest in the development and use of viable and valid indicators(performance measures) will lead to a need for internationally comparable data. The rapidlyincreasing use of technology has the potential to support all the theses trends. 1. Identify Current Regional/ International Safety Problems and Solutions Available 2. Understand Regional/ International Barriers to Solutions 3. Assess Risk of Solutions 4. Adapt Solutions to Regional/ International needs 5. Develop Disseminate SolutionsAccreditation with its ‘systems’ approach, quality monitoring and management framework,and the total organization evaluation, could serve as the best tool to facilitate theconvergence of the strengths of a variety of quality evaluation models into a common,multipurpose model. However, we agree that further descriptive research must be done tofacilitate convergence. A common model for evaluation for health care organizations couldbetter serve the European Union, as well as the other regions of the world, in the movementtoward harmonizing improvement in health care delivery.
References: • Joint commission international accreditation standards for hospitals – Google E-Books. • Joint Commission international Website (www.jointcommissioninternational.org/).