Posted on Jul 06, 2010 by Sergio Ulloa
Synergistic cooperation between Bupa International and Joint Commission International (JCI) has resulted in the development of a quality assurance programme to be used in the assessment of the medical facilities and clinical quality of the healthcare network's 7,500 medical providers.
Clinical staff from Bupa International together with consultants from JCI have customised tools already developed by the former to assess hospitals against international standards, measuring up patient safety, clinical services, hospital management, staff, general environment and equipment, among other parameters.
The standards used in this programme have been set using medical expertise accumulated over the years by Bupa International and is applied to the hospitals and facilities promoted to its customers. This method guarantees that the hospitals are primarily selected according to their ability to provide the right treatment and quality of care, and not simply based on the cost factor, which is an important difference when compared with the programmes used by many other health insurers.
Another important feature of the new programme is the ability to direct medical evacuations to the most suitable facilities.
This joint collaboration between Bupa International and JCI has the added advantage of supporting hospitals with their continual quality improvement initiatives, ensuring the overall improvement of standards.
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Bupa is an international health insurance company that provides health insurance for individuals and companies all over the world. Bupa has offices on three continents and over 7 million customers' world wide. As a provident association Bupa has no shareholders, because of this it uses its profits to invest in healthcare and medical facilities around the world.