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Since 1958, Accreditation Canada has been committed to improving quality and safety in health services through accreditation. In keeping with this mandate, Accreditation Canada introduced a new accreditation program called Qmentum in 2008. Based on the latest research and evidence and extensive feedback from clients, surveyors, board members and staff, Qmentum emphasizes health system performance, risk prevention planning, client safety, performance measurement, and governance.
Qmentum fosters an increased awareness of accreditation as a powerful tool for accountability, and enables health care organizations to use accreditation effectively and easily as a roadmap for quality. It exemplifies Accreditation Canada’s commitment to quality improvement in its own programs as well as within the organizations it serves. The addition of Qmentum to the Accreditation Canada product line ensures its programs remain relevant to the needs of health care organizations, and within the Canadian health care environment.
Some of Qmentum’s features include updated and new standards, a Quality Performance Roadmap, a customized survey plan, a revised self-assessment and on-site survey process, performance measures, and new accreditation reports. It also incorporates automated measurement tools for greater and faster data exchange, improved standardization and objectivity, and less paperwork, and allows Accreditation Canada to quickly capture information from both large multi-site and smaller single-site organizations.
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