NABH ACCREDITION : A QUALITY CHANGE INDIA NEEDS

NABH ACCREDITION : A QUALITY CHANGE INDIA NEEDS

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Quality has become an important buzzword for the current generation of healthcare providers. Ideally, quality in the hospital encompasses everything it does: how the hospitals care for its patients, how hospitals ensure health and safety of each of its patients and employees, and how it contributes to the overall health and well-being of its communities.

 

What Is National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers?

National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) is an abbreviation for NABH which is an integral part of the Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation program for healthcare organizations. NABH was established in the year 2006.NABH, as a constituent board of the QCI to establish and operate an accreditation program for healthcare organizations. The purpose of the NABH was to design and monitor healthcare standards for hospitals and healthcare providers in accordance with international standards.

 

The need for accreditation was not felt overtly in the 1980s and the scene was dominated by “Doctor knows the ‘best'” mentality. The need for the same was felt in the 1990s but at that time we weren’t sure if it would work for us. Slowly, the scene shifted, many started to embrace the fact that “Accreditation is perfect for setting up uniform structures and procedures, which would help hospitals. In 1998 the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCI) was established in the USA for this reason as the demand for accreditation arose. The criteria for JCI accreditations are based on consensus standards developed by healthcare professionals in many countries. In 1999,a program called Agenda for Leadership in Programs in Healthcare Accreditation which provides services to various national accreditation bodies to provide and administer standards of healthcare according to international standards was launched by International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), an umbrella organization to provide approval for other accreditation bodies.

 

In India, the NABH system was established in 2006. National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) is an abbreviation for NABH which is an integral part of the Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation program for healthcare organizations. NABH as a constituent board of the QCI to establish and operate an accreditation program for healthcare organizations. The purpose of the NABH was to design and monitor healthcare standards for hospitals and healthcare providers in accordance with international standards. At present, accreditation for hospitals, small healthcare organizations, blood banks, blood storage centers, allopathic clinics, CHC, PHC,  MIS, Ayurveda hospitals, OST center, wellness centers clinical trials (Ethics Committee), eye care hospitals and IRCAs standards have been accredited by ISQua. Therefore these institutes are internationally accepted and recognized.

 

World Focus Towards Indian Healthcare

According to a paper by FICCI and Quintiles IMS, over 5,00,000 foreign patients seek treatment in India each year. SAARC countries such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Maldives are the major sources of medical value travel, followed by African countries such as Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. Proximity, cultural connect and connectivity are the key reasons for inflow of patients to India from these regions.If India is to made healthcare destination then it is also important that the people are made aware of the best healthcare services they are entitled to at every stage from consultation to complete treatment in hospitals and clinics and this is possible only when india’s Healthcare validates its quality before the world. For this NABH is the primary tool for every healthcare setup to have.

 

Where does india stands in NABH Accredition :

According to the over view of Economic Times report, Of the about 4,000 hospitals across Karnataka, only 119 hospitals are having NABH accreditation. There are roughly 79,000 hospitals in the country’s public and private sector. Nearly 1,000 hospitals have applied for quality parameters and are in the process of being reviewed, as per the website of the NABH.

 

“NABH accreditation plays a crucial role in reducing medical errors in hospitals,” says Dr. C N Manjunath, director, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, the only government hospital in the state to get a gold status accreditation. 


Benefits of NABH accreditation :

A variety of benefits can be availed by the healthcare organization on being certified by NABH. The biggest beneficiaries are the patients since they are serviced by the credential medical staff. It also provides an opportunity to the hospital to benchmark with the best in the industry. Since accreditation ensures continuous learning, leadership, good working environment, and ownership of clinical process, the hospital staff feels more satisfied and contented at work. It provides an opportunity to get empanelled by various insurance companies and other third parties. Lastly, it provides access to reliable and certified information on facilities, infrastructure, and level of care.

 

         To conclude, accreditation is a transparent system of control over the accredited hospital which assures that the hospital will constantly fulfill the accreditation criteria.  The best part is that it gives the opportunity to the patients to give a feedback on the services they availed during their stay in the hospital and also to complain if they were dissatisfied. Finally it ensures that hospitals, whether public or private, national or expatriate, play there expected roles in the national health system.


Medicuality : Quality Ensuring Organisation

Medicuality is an accrediting organisation mission to To handhold hospitals with state of the art training techniques to meet the national/international standards of accreditation,focussing on patient quality care & safety through the process of self assessment. The organisation is composed of multiprofessional and experienced team, who ensures the quality accreditation of your esteemed healthcare organisation. Team medicuality of selected accreditation managers, trainers and Healthcare system experts associated together to provide you with a proven methodology, technology and roadmap that allows you to develop and maintain a safe practice of care delivery system.

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