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Establishment, present condition, and developmental direction of the New Korean Healthcare Accreditation System

Title
Establishment, present condition, and developmental direction of the New Korean Healthcare Accreditation System
Authors
Chang H.-S.Lee S.-H.
Ewha Authors
이선희
SCOPUS Author ID
이선희scopus
Issue Date
2012
Journal Title
Journal of Korean Medical Science
ISSN
1011-8934JCR Link
Citation
vol. 27, no. SUPP, pp. S61 - S69
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
On July 23rd, 2010 a revised medical law (Article 58) was passed to change existing evaluation system of medical institutions to an accreditation system. The new healthcare accreditation system was introduced to encourage medical institutions to work voluntarily and continuously to improve patient safety and medical service quality. Changes regarding the healthcare accreditation system included the establishment of an accreditation agency, the voluntary participation of medical institutions, accreditation standards centering on the treatment process and patient safety, tracing methodology, and the announcement of comprehensive results concerning accreditation. Despite varying views on the healthcare accreditation system, including some that are critical, it is meaningful that the voluntary nature of the system acknowledges that the medical institutions must be active agents in improving medical service quality. Healthcare quality is not improved instantaneously, but instead gradually through continuous communication within the clinical field. For this accreditation system to be successful, followings are essential: the accreditation agency becomes financially independent and is managed efficiently, the autonomy and regulation surrounding the system are balanced, the professionalism of the system is ensured, and the medical field plays an active role in the operation of the system. © 2012 The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences.
DOI
10.3346/jkms.2012.27.S.S61
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