Washington, D.C., June 30, 2010 –IFC—the world’s largest multilateral investor in private health care in emerging markets—has just published a new guide to assist health care organizations in developing countries meet international standards of patient safety, service quality, and ethics.
Titled Self-Assessment Guide for Health Care Organizations, it provides practical advice to organizations and companies that aim for international standards, including those who may wish to achieve some form of international accreditation. The guide uses a structured self-scoring methodology to lead management teams through a comprehensive assessment of their organizations. It focuses on 31 key standards based on accreditation standards of the foremost international health care accreditation body, the Joint Commission International.
The guide was developed by IFC health sector specialists with support from JCI and medical experts around the globe and includes references to free online resources, including reputable sources of evidence-based medical practices. It also includes a basic Code of Conduct for health care organizations which may be adapted for local use.