UL signs memorandum of understanding (MOU) with AHPI to enable delivering safer and efficient quality healthcare services
New Delhi, India, November 23rd, 2015: UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global leader in safety science, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with AHPI (Association of Healthcare Providers India), to offer preferred educational, assessment and advisory products to member hospitals and organizations of AHPI. This partnership will help enable safer and more efficient healthcare through the development and implementation of continuous improvement methodologies. AHPI will facilitate UL’s hosting of seminars, workshops, assessments, and improvement events to its member organizations.
Indian health tourism is experiencing a significant increase, raising expectations on quality and operational efficiency across healthcare organizations. India’s healthcare sector is expected to reach US$ 160 billion by 2017 at 15 per cent CAGR growth. Rapidly increasing technology and demand in the sector will require innovative business models.
Scot Webster, senior vice president and general manager of UL’s Continuous Improvement Business, said, “We are excited to help AHPI become leaders in safer, higher quality and more efficient healthcare. Our team’s experience in helping leading healthcare organizations around the world embrace lean techniques and a culture of continuous improvement is one of the best ways we live UL’s mission of working for a safer world.”
“This initiative builds on UL’s commitment to help ensure quality standards that will further develop a culture of quality healthcare. This will strengthen our presence in healthcare industry and help disseminate systems and education material that will further drive this industry.” said Suresh Sugavanam, managing director, UL India and South Asia.
Said Dr Girdhar Gyani, Director General AHPI,” Healthcare today is facing twin challenges -patient safety and affordability , there is a need to address these by the use of standard treatment guidelines including WHO patient safety goals ,conduct of clinical audits, measure clinical outcomes and benchmark it with Global values. Affordability is linked with improving efficiency of processes and systems. Healthcare sector could learn from the IT and Automobile sectors to deploy quality management and statistical tools. There is ample scope of applying tools like 7-QC , LEAN, 5S, Six Sigma, Balance Score Card. UL with its rich experience can help play a leading role in facilitating Indian healthcare industry in application of these tools.”
The Association is registered as ‘not for profit’ NGO, under society registration ACT-1860. AHPI represents vast majority of healthcare providers (>10,000 hospitals) in India. It works closely through its network of state level chapters, with key stake holders i.e. the Government, Member Hospitals and the Community at large to realize the Universal Health Coverage. AHPI through its institute i.e. AHPI Institute of Healthcare Quality works in building capacity in Indian Health Systems including private & public health sectors.
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