From the CEO's Desk

National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), a constituent board of Quality Council of India, established in 2005, is in its 15th year of creating an ecosystem of quality in healthcare in India. NABH standards focus on patient safety and quality of the delivery of services by the hospitals in the changing healthcare environment. Without being prescriptive, the objective elements remain informative and guide the organisation in conducting its operations with a focus on patient safety.

All NABH standards have been developed in consultation with various stakeholders in the healthcare industry and if implemented help the healthcare organizations in stepwise progression to mature quality systems covering the entire spectrum of patient safety and healthcare delivery.

The NABH organization & the hospital accreditation standards are internationally recognized and benchmarked. NABH is an Institutional as well as a Board member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (lSQua) and Asian Society for Quality in Health Care (ASQua) and a member of the Accreditation Council of International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)

Over the years, successive homegrown # Atma Nirbhar NABH standards have brought about not only paradigm shifts in the hospitals’ approach towards delivering the healthcare services to the patients but have equally sensitised the healthcare workers and patients towards their rights and responsibilities. In celebration of our 74th Independence Day, on 15th of August, 2020, we are pleased to announce, that starting today, in an enhanced effort to connect with people, all NABH standards, across programmes, will be available free of charge as downloadable documents in PDF format on the NABH website www.nabh.co. (The Printed copies of Standards and Guidebooks will continue to remain available for purchase at a nominal price).

NABH also announces the enriched continuation of its "NABH Quality Connect-Learning with NABH" initiative, connecting free monthly training classes, webinars and seminars. The various topics that will be taken up will cover all aspects of patient safety, including: Key Performance Indicators, Hospital Infection Control, Management of Medication, Document Control etc.

Recently introduced communication initiatives like Dynamic Website Resource Center and NABH Newsletter Quality Connect (focusing on sharing the best quality practices, news and views) will also be bettered. It is sincerely hoped that all stakeholders will certainly benefit from the collective efforts of the Board and practical suggestions of thousands of Quality Champions form India and abroad NABH remains committed to ensuring healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages (SDG-3-Target 2030), creating a culture of quality in healthcare and taking Quality, Safety and Wellness to the Last Man in the Line.

Jai Hind
Dr. Atul Mohan Kochhar

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