My Dear Members of CAHO, You have taken up the mantle of quality through accreditation and have been pioneers in these efforts. The doubts that you may have had about the difficulties and chances of success are now behind in time. You have crossed over the stream of uncertainties and achieved the take-off velocity on your journey towards the aim of perfection. As the Chief Executive Officer of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, I wish you every success in your endeavors.
Emergence of CAHO as key stakeholder of NABH, is going to provide boost in having better clinical outcomes in our country. CAHO has important task in raising bar on patient safety and quality of care in the accredited hospitals and at the same time motivate vast majority of hospitals to take accreditation as road to quality journey.
Alongside CAHO needs to train empowered quality champions who could help industry in applying quality tools to improve safety and efficiency.
The National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) and the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) are the constituents of the Quality Council of India that work to ensure the delivery of quality healthcare with a focus on patient safety. This is a Herculean task, diverse as our country is. Despite the many challenges, there are now numerous accredited healthcare institutions across India. A historic step taken by NABH and NABL was the creation of a common platform for all the accredited healthcare organisations and laboratories - the Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisations (CAHO).
NABL being the National Accreditation Body for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, has the responsibility for the sustainment of the quality throughout the nation. To meet the ongoing requirements in terms of exponentially growing laboratories etc. and the specialized scopes, NABL has been regularly conducting training/ awareness programs throughout the nation. In this regard, NABL has conducted four National Laboratory Conclaves in various regions of the country. For the benefits of our laboratories, we have also launched two new programs viz. Accreditation of Proficiency Testing Providers (PTP) and Accreditation of Reference Material Producers (RMP).
Greetings from CAHO!
With a growing number of healthcare organizations achieving NABH, NABL and JCI accreditation, there has been a need for a common platform that will facilitate communication amongst the accredited HCOs, share best practices, and provide benchmarking, while promoting and continuously improving the quality and safety of healthcare services provided by the HCOs across India, in collaboration with all stakeholders.
The Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisations (CAHO) is a not-for-profit society that was formed to fulfil this need.
The primary objective of CAHO is to promote collaboration among accredited hospitals and laboratories to initiate efforts to improve healthcare quality and to work closely with NABH and NABL.
Healthcare is a very dynamic industry. There are very few industries where the changes are happening as fast as healthcare. I don’t know if any professionals feel these changes as acutely as we do in healthcare quality. NABH was formed with the aim of promoting quality and patient safety in India. Accreditation represents an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of health services. It epitomizes healthcare organization commitment to provide the highest level of care to the patients.