February 2010


OTTAWA, Feb. 3, 2010 – Accreditation Canada International partners with the Environment and Quality Assurance International Certification Center (EQAICC). The EQAICC is an international certification body with head offices in South Korea and Japan, and branch offices in China, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

This new partnership will permit the EQAICC to implement Accreditation Canada’s international accreditation program in health care organizations in South Korea.

“We are pleased to bring Accreditation Canada International to Korea,” says Dr. Jason Moon, CEO of EQAICC. “The high quality of Accreditation Canada’s services will be welcomed in Korea. These services will soon be expanded to Japan and China.”

Accreditation Canada International will provide education and training to EQAICC professionals and their extensive network of surveyors. In partnership with EQAICC, several pilot projects with South Korean hospitals will be carried out to identify areas of the program that must be tailored to the South Korean health care system and environment. The hospitals will receive an accreditation recognition decision from Accreditation Canada.

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(Ottawa, Canada – January 27, 2010) As part of its expanding role in the global marketplace, Accreditation Canada International has launched Qmentum International, a new accreditation product tailored to its international clients. The Qmentum International program builds on more than 50 years of Canadian accreditation expertise. This rigorous program will challenge performance-oriented, client-focused health services organizations at all levels, while recognizing their achievements at different stages of their quality journey.

Qmentum International focuses on quality improvement, patient safety, risk assessment and mitigation, performance measurement, and accountability. It provides a sustainable quality improvement approach through step-by-step implementation, based on ongoing support and capacity-building within the organization.

The program is founded on Accreditation Canada’s widely recognized national accreditation program, as well as the successes of previous international programs. Fulfilling the requirements of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), the development was guided and supported by the expertise of an international advisory committee, with members representing the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America.

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A doctor told FOX 2’s Chris Edwards he needed a common medical screening – colonoscopy – which he could have done at dozens of places around Metro Detroit for about $7,000.

Instead, he chose to have it done thousands of miles from home with help from Healthbase, a medical tourism agency that offered a Cost Rica medical travel package that included a colonoscopy, extensive dental work, and some fun activities as part of recuperation.

The colonoscopy procedure itself cost him only $350.

Check out the report by Fox 2’s Deena Centofanti, who tagged along with Chris for a coverage of his experience of Costa Rica’s health care services.

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