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US experts came to the conclusion that the Baltic States has the highest quality level of healthcare services

US experts came to the conclusion that the Baltic States has the highest quality level of...
Among the three Baltic States, Lithuania is the only one to have three healthcare facilities that were granted an internationally acclaimed gold standard. One of these healthcare facilities was already reaccredited by Joint Commission International (JCI). It is highly complicated for a healthcare facility to get reaccredited.

JCI accreditation is internationally acknowledged as a gold standard in healthcare. It represents the evaluation and recognition of high quality of the accredited healthcare facility, its medical staff and their work. It is also an appraisal for the medical system of the entire country and its ability to maintain high quality healthcare services.

Currently, there are only 3 healthcare facilities in Lithuania granted the gold standard status. One of them is Kardiolita clinic, which was reaccredited by  JCI three years after the first accreditation date.

“To be once again included in the list of accredited clinics that meet the highest international standards is a great victory for the whole healthcare system of Lithuania. Our medical staff is valued worldwide; our scientists, advanced treatment methods and inventions are the topics that frequently come up while talking about Lithuania. This prestigious appraisal only further confirms that Lithuania is among those countries that have the highest quality of healthcare services. The acquired reaccreditation is an obligation to constantly improve the quality and safety of the healthcare services we provide” says Darius Jonutis, the CEO at Kardiolita Hospital in Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

The hospital must comply with more than 1,000 highest quality standards

This prestigious status is kept by 800 healthcare facilities worldwide. In the neighboring countries, there are no healthcare facilities that have this status, and the largest number of accredited healthcare facilities in Europe is located in Italy, Portugal and Ireland.

To acquire the JCI quality certificate, healthcare facilities have to undergo long and complex procedures and to meet more than 1000 criteria. Accreditation is granted for three years and at the end of term, a facility has to be reaccredited in order to keep the gold status. Reaccreditation audit is performed under even stricter order. If the healthcare facility does not meet even a single criterion considering the structure, equipment, personnel, infrastructure and environment, it is impossible to get accredited.

US international experts spend the whole week in the healthcare facility, carry out a detailed audit, inspect various fields and services and evaluate their quality and compliance with the safety requirements.

Experts monitor the entire path of the patient from his registration to the first visit to the physician, diagnosis or medical treatment for the patient and his family members. Accreditation specialists communicate with the administration, physicians; they pay attention to minor details, check every office and address every worker.

 

What benefits do international standards provide for the patient?

The JCI hospital standard is internationally respected not only by the healthcare facilities but also by the patients.

“Lithuanians are less likely to be aware of the international hospital certificate meaning, which means that they rarely take that aspect into consideration when choosing the services. However, for foreigners, these certificates are important and usually are one of the key factors in choosing a healthcare facility, as they prove that hospital is led by the highest level of professionalism. A lot of patients from abroad come to Lithuania for medical treatment, and such international certificates build confidence into the professionalism of physicians and specialists” says Darius Jonutis, the CEO at Kardiolita Hospital in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Lithuanians appreciate the benefits of these international certificates as well. Acquired international certificates represent international obligations to constantly maintain safe and effective patient care. Therefore, healthcare facilities obligate to ensure all processes will meet the requirements of the standard.