1. Med. Sci. (Clin Pathol), Ph.D. (Med Micro), FIMBS (Clin Microbiol), MBA., SAC Dip, Dip (infect Cont), IOSH Cert. CPTQM; Professor & Vice Dean, Academic Affairs, External Examiner of DBA Programme, Swiss Business School, Hong Kong

Accreditation in Modern Healthcare Institutions: An Opportunity or a Challenge

Accreditation in healthcare can be defined as a voluntary process [USUALLY] carried out by a government or non-government agency for granting recognition to health care institutions after meeting certain standards.  These standards require proving implementation of Continuous Quality Improvement in structures, processes, and outcomes.

Despite its long history going back to 1910 rooted in the United States, its application as gained a great momentum in recent years in the Middle East.  Accreditation is the way forward for all healthcare institutions if they are concerned with their performance.  Despite its great advantages and benefits accreditation has five areas of risk which need to be addressed skillfully.  The five areas are 1. Leadership Process & Accountability, 2. Competent & Capable workforce, 3. Safe Environment for Staff & Patients, 4. Clinical Care of Patients and finally 5. Improvement of Quality & Safety. As it is seen leadership processes and accountability is the most important issue in accreditation which will be discussed in some detail during the lecture in addition to an overview of accreditation as an opportunity.

Also, Saudi Arabia role as the pioneer of the idea of accreditation in the GCC countries by starting Makkah Region Quality Programme (MRQP) in the early 2000 will be briefly discussed.