Dr Girdhar Gyani, is widely recognised as founder of healthcare quality in India. During his tenure as Secretary General, Quality Council of India (2003-2012), Dr Gyani played pivotal role in formulation and operating of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), for the first time in the country. He was Principal Coordinator in developing of accreditation standard for hospitals and getting it accredited by International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). This was followed up with development of standards for Blood Banks, Radiology Centres, Dental Clinics, Wellness Centres, and AYUSH Hospitals.
NABH has been the single most important initiative which has dramatically changed the healthcare scenario in INDIA, bringing Patient Safety at the centre stage. NABH has emerged as key criteria for evaluation of hospitals for variety of government and private paying schemes.
Currently Dr Gyani is working as Director General, Association of Healthcare Providers (India). AHPI represents vast majority of healthcare providers in India and it’s mission is to build capacity in Indian health system with focus on patient safety and affordability.
Here he talks about the challenges of quality in healthcare delivery and patient safety, in conversation with M Neelam Kachhap
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