When I visit a hospital for my own ailments, I feel happy when they meet international standards.
The Joint Commission International Accreditation USA is the recognized leader in handing out quality checks to international healthcare institutes. JCI doesn’t give accreditation and its stamp of approval forever though.
It understands that quality needs consistency too. That’s why it reconfirms it’s accreditation every 3 years. This is a strict process, needing multiple surveys and evaluation.
On 5th March 2018, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Kolkata received the JCI accreditation for the fourth time in succession.
That makes it the only hospital in eastern India with this quality of patient care set up and management.
What exactly is the JCI and why should you care?
JCI is an important criteria for assessing international standards in India. When it comes to patient care, you desire the best. But how exactly do you know its the best?
How do you know you are getting standard and high-quality care?
JCI is the gold seal of quality healthcare.
The gold seal of approval is a sign of Apollo’s commitment to setting up and maintaining quality healthcare, which matches the best international standards.
As a patient, it makes sense to me to have an objective way of knowing how to judge and compare world-class healthcare by looking for the JCI Gold Seal.
Accreditation has helped improve the quality of care across the country. Now hospitals are trying to meet the best patient care and safety standards to give quality healthcare.
JCI was the precursor to NABH, which is now recognized by the government as critical to the delivery of care.
(NABH or National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, known as NABH too, support improvement of the quality of healthcare service in our country for all strata of the society through various methodologies and tools to supplement the efforts of the providers of healthcare service.
While hospitals were earlier criticised for chasing certification, this has actually helped all Indians. Just like your educational qualification helps prospective employers have an objective idea about your expertise and experience, JCI helps the patient choose the healthcare provider with confidence.
Since the accreditation is by a reputable authority, it makes good sense to check before we choose!
How is the Accreditation given?
Apollo Gleneagles Hospital team underwent a meticulous process of evaluation for 5 days. Four international surveyors with an expert team of doctors, nurses and healthcare administrators from the Joint Commission International, visited Apollo.They evaluated the hospital on more than 1200 measurable factors.
•Talking with patients
•Evaluating leadership skills of management
•Review of records
The successful completion of the survey and the amazing achievement of fourth-time accreditation by JCI reinforces the organization’s commitment to develop and implement healthcare practices and policies with patient safety and benefit as the first word in quality healthcare.
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