In the United States, an increased focus on patient safety has literally turned to offering "bribes" to hospital facilities to improve patient caregiving standards in hospital safety.  Since the 1999 report "To Err is Human" sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, little progress has been seen in drastically improving patient safety and care in hospitals in the U.S., mainly in hospital-acquired infections. However, patient safety is something that everyone needs to be concerned with - the patient, the healthcare facilitator, and the hospital, clinic or outpatient facility a patient is directed to for care.

Improvement in patient safety standards not only in the United States but also around the world focuses on JCI (Joint Commission International) standards. JCI-accredited facilities and institutions are broken down into several initiatives that include:

  • Standardized measures
  • Improved patient communication and engagement
  • Improve accountability
  • Improved oversight
  • Heightened collaboration between network providers
  • Rewards for high performance hospitals

Patient safety involves not only hospital administration, but also the focus of doctors, nurses, support personnel and even maintenance workers to provide the safest and most secure health care environments to those seeking superlative patient driven care services. Such care services in Mexico, South America, the Middle East, and in Southeast Asia are all popular destinations for the growing field of medical tourism and medical tourism providers and facilitators.

The Joint Commission International is an accrediting organization that inspects, surveys, and assesses patient care and quality standards in hospitals around the world. Accreditation by the JCI ensures that international quality care standards, procedures, equipment, and personnel perform at heightened levels of expectation in medical care services and healthcare delivery systems.

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For example, the Hospital Metropolitano located in Quito, Ecuador was recently accredited in February 2011. In India, the Ahalia Foundation Eye Hospital was first accredited in 2009, and the Fortis Hospital Groups located throughout India were first accredited in 2007.

One of the most popular international tourism destinations in the Middle East is the Jordan Hospital and Medical Center, also first accredited in 2007.  Another popular hospital in Jordan, the King Abdullah University Hospital, was accredited and 2009 and the King Hussein Cancer Center, which also received CCPC certification for their own quality programs, was first accredited in 2006 and 2007.

Such highly rated global facilities ensure that the best in healthcare services are provided to local, regional and international medical travelers. Patient safety involves numerous areas, including care and procedures, infection control, privacy in personal health information, and transfer of personal health information through informatics and technologies.

In recent years, hundreds of international hospitals, outpatient clinics and facilities have been accredited by the JCI, as patients become more educated in regard to premium healthcare delivery services and expectations. Medical tourism is growing increasingly popular, and to keep up with the pace of demand, increasing numbers of international hospitals are striving to meet the standards in quality care demanded by the Joint Commissions International.

Some of the most important factors determined for accreditation include:

  • Access to continuity of care
  • Patient and family rights
  • Assessment of patients
  • Quality improvement and patient safety
  • Prevention and control of infections

The International Essential Framework is a guide to hospital quality and safety that impact patient care. The essentials framework focuses on five main areas of patient safety and quality including:

  • Competent and capable work force
  • Clinical care of patients
  • Improving quality and safety
  • Providing a safe environment for staff and patients
  • Leadership processes and accountability

Reducing risks to patient as well as improving quality of healthcare delivery services in all fields and standardizing quality care modalities around the world helps to ensure excellent care services that provide comfort, security and peace of mind for travelers crossing borders for their medical care. For more information regarding excellent and JCI-accredited facilities around the world, visit

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