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Patient Safety Movement

Patient Safety Movement

HRO Professional Development announced today that they have joined the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) as a Committed Partner to help address the largescale problem occurring worldwide; preventable medical errors within hospitals.

 

As a committed partner, HRO Professional Development Ltd will demonstrate alliance with the PSMF by the following:

  1. Spreading the mission of 0X2020 to HRO Professional Development Ltd members and network
  2. Participating in the PSMF’s Actionable Patient Safety Solution’s (APSS) workgroups and helping to identify subject matter experts to contribute to the development of interested topics
  3. Asking members of HRO Professional Development Ltd who are leaders working in the hospitals to implement APSS, or share their own successful processes, to eliminate preventable deaths. And, make their own commitments to action to the PSMF. 

 

"At HRO Professional Development Ltd, we understand the power of shared learning," said Merja Matero, Founder and General Manager of HRO Professional Development Ltd, "We look forward to working closely with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to help eliminate preventable patient deaths together."

 

Every year, more than three million people worldwide and over 200,000 people in the United States die in hospitals due to a medical error. It is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States and the economic cost is estimated to be close to $1.44 trillion annually. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission and public commitment is to eliminate preventable patient deaths by the year 2020 (0X2020).

 

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Vision 2021: International Accreditation

Vision 2021: International Accreditation

The United Arab Emirates has the highest number of internationally accredited hospitals. According to an article published in October, the UAE has been ranked first globally for the number of health-care establishments accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). A total of 178 hospitals, medical centres and facilities were approved by the JCI which accounts for 76 % of all hospitals. Additionally, the UAE has also been placed first in the world for the number of approved specialised centres and laboratories.

 

Another article stated that by 2021 all healthcare facilities in the UAE must have international accreditation from recognised medical bodies either from the US, Canada or Australia. This new requirement is based on the UAE Vision 2021 that aims to achieve a world-class healthcare system. At the moment, nearly 70 % international accreditation has been reached and the goal is to spread that across the entire healthcare spectrum with more than 4,000 facilities including general and speciality hospitals, ambulatory services, clinics, polyclinics, and primary and tertiary care centres.

 

It seems that the Ministry of Health and Prevention is taking a strong stance in pursuing high quality care that will match the best in the world. Achieving and maintaining an international accreditation status will certainly advance quality and patient safety both globally and here in the United Arab Emirates.

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Update in JAWDA Quality Rankings

Update in JAWDA Quality Rankings

Newspapers have recently published articles to clarify the current developments in the field of quality and patient safety in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. According to the first article, printed in August, residents will be able to choose between healthcare facilities by looking through a list of published JAWDA quality rankings which will be available for the general public in early 2018.

 

The rankings initially focused on pharmacies and hospitals only but the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has now extended it to include clinics, diagnostic and rehabilitation facilities, and home-care service providers as well. In total, more than 2,130 health-care providers will be subject to this standardised and uniformed analysis of quality and patient safety related data.

 

In September, the second article stated that the initial rankings for hospitals included 37 criteria out of which 19 focused on patient safety. Now the rankings have been updated to include a total of 540 criteria out of which 92 relate to patient safety issues at medical facilities. This means that there has been a 484% increase in the number of criteria to rate patient safety. According to the latest article, all long-term care facilities will also be included in the rankings with a clear expectation that the quality of care they provide will have to match the high level of care provided at hospitals. 

 

It seems that HAAD considers quality and patient safety their top priority and is continuously seeking to improve the level of excellence in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It will be interesting to see what other initiatives will be developed in the future.

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Quality Reform in Abu Dhabi

Quality Reform in Abu Dhabi

In January 2017 the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD) published their Policy for Quality and Patient Safety. This was a major initiative to guide local healthcare services towards a structured approach to quality and patient safety. With clear Structure, Process and Outcome expectations, this policy established and clarified minimum requirements for all HAAD licensed health facilities.

 

There is a strong emphasis on continuous quality improvement, learning, accountability and organisational change which enable the healthcare sector to provide care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. With this aim of excellence, HAAD and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority signed an agreement in May to establish medical tourism network. The goal is to develop an integrated and comprehensive network of best-in-class service providers based on their performance in the Abu Dhabi Quality Index Programme (JAWDA).

 

In August HAAD announced a Quality Reform in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi stating that, as per “Pay-for-Quality” program, those healthcare facilities scoring the lowest in the quality ranking will be strongly incentivized, maybe even financially, to correct their deficiencies. The aim of this program is to provide positive reinforcement to good-quality healthcare providers while discouraging poor performance. Another brilliant initiative to advance quality and patient safety in the region.

 

These recent changes are both rewarding and challenging, and will definitely advance quality and patient safety in Abu Dhabi. It will be interesting to see what new developments arise in the future.

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