Annual Report 2012

WHAT IS JOINT COMMISSION
INTERNATIONAL (JCI) AND WHY
IS ACCREDITATION
SO IMPORTANT?

JCI IS THE JOINT COMMISSION INTERNATIONAL AND JCIA IS JOINT COMMISSION INTERNATIONAL (ACCREDITATION). THIS INDEPENDENT AND GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED THIRD PARTY PROVIDES EXTERNAL STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE FOR HOSPITAL SERVICES, DEFINED BY AN INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS. JCI’S ‘GOLD SEAL OF ACCREDITATION’ IS A HIGHLY PRIZED HALLMARK OF QUALITY.

As the international division of joint commission resources, jci has been working since 1994 with healthcare organizations, ministries of health, and global organizations in more than 80 countries.

Its focus is on improving the safety of patient care through the provision of accreditation and certification services, as well as through advisory and educational services aimed at helping organizations implement practical and sustainable solutions.

In September 2007, JCI received accreditation by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). Accreditation by ISQua provides assurance that the standards, training, and processes used by JCI to survey the performance of healthcare organizations meet the highest international benchmarks for accreditation entities.

In the United States, JCI Accreditation is a requirement for participation in the US Government’s Medicare Program. Here in the UAE, JCI Accreditation is a goal set by Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HA-AD) for all hospital providers in the emirate.

Terminology explained

International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)
The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) is an umbrella body for organizations providing international healthcare accreditation. ISQua is a small non-profit limited company with members in more than 70 countries.

ISQua works to provide services to guide health professionals, providers, researchers, agencies, policy makers, and consumers to achieve excellence in healthcare delivery to all people, and to continuously improve the quality and safety of care.