The Joint Commission was established as a non-profit organisation in the United States in 1951 as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals Organization (JCAHO) and in 1953 published its first standard for the accreditation of hospitals.
Today, Joint Commission accreditation is a prerequisite for all American healthcare facilities that want to access the public medical insurance systems. The experience of Accreditation for Excellence developed in the United States focuses primarily on a system that seeks to attribute value judgments on the health facilities based on the quality and safety of patient care.
Each Healthcare facility is evaluated by 5 international auditors. During the 5 days (Monday to Friday), the auditors assess the requirements described in the International Joint Commission Manual, detailing 350 standards. Each standard describes one or more requirements (measurable elements) that must be satisfied, with an overall total of 1,250 requirements divided among 14 chapters plus the International Patient Safety Goal (internationally recognised safety requirements).
Compliance with these standards has enabled IEO, together with a few other Italian hospitals, to have high value international quality standards recognised worldwide.
IEO has been a JCI-accredited healthcare facility from December 2002. Every three years since then, IEO has passed the strict Joint Commission International auditing visits.
Accreditation was confirmed on 20 January 2006, 29 April 2009 and for the fourth time on 10 March 2012. At the last survey, the final report gave the following praise:
"Italian citizens should be proud that the European Institute of Oncology is focusing on this most challenging goal - to continuously raise quality to higher levels."
This authoritative accreditation of excellence expresses a precise and independent evaluation on how a healthcare facility can make competence, quality and safety in care available to patients.
The Institute was the first Cancer Centre outside of the United States to be awarded JCI accreditation.
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