I recently spent a few days in Beijing at the invitation of the National Institute of Hospital Administration (NIHA), to attend a workshop on the Healthcare Accreditation in the Asia Pacific.
This was an opportunity to hear about the application of accreditation by different health economies in the Asian-Pacific Region. There were presentations from China both nationally and regionally as well as from IEEA accredited bodies including:
- Japan: Dr Yuichi Imanaka, Board Member, Japan Council for Quality Health Care
- Korea: Mrs Hwang In-Sun, Director, Korea Institute for Healthcare Accreditation
- Australia/Hong Kong: Pro Lui, Cho Ze Joseph, Clinical Director, HKU Health System, Hongkong
- Thailand: Dr Kittinan Anakamanee, CEO, The Healthcare Accreditation Institute, Thailand
The Chinese perspective was given by Mrs Fan Jing, Director of Healthcare Quality and Evaluation, Bureau Medical Administration National Health Commission and Ma Xudong from the NIHA. The regional WHO perspective was provided by technical officers Mai Inanda and Ogochukwu Chukwujekwu.
The key messages were that we need to look at external evaluation as an essential part of the approach to improving healthcare quality. The evidence is there in the work that is undertaken, and the speakers from the different countries all demonstrated how accreditation has resulted in better outcomes. I gave a presentation on the theoretical background to external evaluation as an essential part of the Juran improvement cycle, and how it is seen within a systems approach to improving healthcare. I also used the opportunity to introduce ISQua’s EEA and show how the new body operates within ISQua.
It was interesting to hear of the Chinese approach which has a differing implementation in each province, though the central bodies set the standards for the accreditation programme. I had fruitful discussions on the possibility of the Chinese standards entering into the IAP programme in the future. This will be an important and complex undertaking given the size of the Chinese health economy. However, as I’ve said, many of the APEC health economies are part of IAP and if China joined then the programme would benefit.
And once again I experienced a warm welcome in Bejing. ISQua is now well known in the Chinese health arena and we look forward to ongoing discussions for future collaboration.