International Society for Quality in Healthcare Care (ISQua) Patient Safety Resources & 2019 Event
The International Society for Quality in Healthcare Care, or ISQua, is a member-based, not-for-profit community and organization dedicated to promoting quality improvement in health care, who have been working to improve the quality and safety of health care worldwide for over 30 years! Their extensive network of health care professionals spans over 70 countries and 6 continents all of whom share the goal of improving patient safety through education, knowledge sharing, external evaluation, supporting health systems worldwide and connecting like-minded people through their health care networks. Today we learn how ISQua and it’s members are continually working towards quality improvement in health care around the world.
ISQua’s mission is to “inspire and drive improvement in the quality and safety of health care worldwide through education and knowledge sharing, external evaluation, supporting health systems and connecting people through global networks.” ISQua was established in 1985 with a vision to promote quality and safety in health care through international co-operation and collaboration. ISQua is dedicated to making this vision a reality. While much has been achieved in the last 30 years of their operation, there is still more to be done. Adapting and continuing ISQua’s vision for the future will always require new visionaries to carry things forward.
Setting the benchmark for health care quality and safety education, ISQua offers a number of online education programs for health care professionals. Course content is offered in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese. By providing a range of quality and safety educational opportunities, they aim to stimulate thought and innovation, install professional competence and confidence, encourage best practice and set the benchmark for health care quality education worldwide.
Current ISQua President, Wendy Nicklin, introduces the ISQUA organization below:
ISQua’s 36th International Conference – Cape Town 2019
This October 20th-23rd in Cape Town South Africa, ISQua hosts their 36th annual Patient Safety meeting! Together with The Council for Health Service Accreditation of South Africa (COHSASA) and Mediclinic International, ISQua is delighted to host its 36th International Conference in Cape Town. Cape Town is an incredibly diverse city – complete with sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife. There are so many things to see and do and no matter what your interests are, you’re guaranteed to find something that you love. Once a year ISQua brings together over 1,500 key healthcare champions from over 80 countries to share their expertise and knowledge in health care quality and safety improvement. Take advantage of this unrivaled gathering of key health care patient safety supporters to enhance your career or program!
ISQua Member Benefits
- Free online access to the International Journal for Quality in Health Care (IJQHC)
- Access to past ISQua conference talks and presentations
- Access to members-only online webinars
- Understand and influence policy and current best practice through our community message board and networking service
- Exclusive access to members-only bulletins
- Join special interest groups focusing on aspects of health care that matter to you
- View member profiles and communicate privately with members of the ISQua community
International Journal for Quality in Healthcare (IJQHC)
The International Journal for Quality in Health Care (IJQHC) is a leading international peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Addressing research, policy and implementation in health care quality worldwide, the IJQHC welcomes submissions on a range of topics, including:
- Health services research
- Health care evaluation
- Health care policy
- Health economics
- Quality improvement in health care
- Clinical research focused on the quality and safety of care
The journal reaches a global audience including researchers, clinical care professionals, quality assurance professionals, policymakers, managers, politicians, educators and students of health-related disciplines.
International Society for Quality in Health Care External Evaluation Association
The International Society for Quality in Health Care External Evaluation Association (IEEA) was established, as a separate legal entity, by the International Society for Quality in Health Care in 2018 to deliver external evaluation services. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the IEEA commenced operations on 1st January 2019. The IEEA provides third-party external evaluation services to health and social care external evaluation organizations and standards developing bodies around the globe.
The International Accreditation Programme (IAP) delivers a unique global accreditation service to health and social care external evaluation organizations and standards developing bodies. Since 1999, the IAP has provided these organizations with an independent third-party assessment process to validate existing systems and drive continuous quality improvement. The IAP enables these organizations to demonstrate their credibility and benchmark their performance on an international level. Operating in over 60 countries, the IAP offers three separate peer review assessment options: Accreditation of Health and Social Care Standards Accreditation of External Evaluation organizations Accreditation of Surveyor Training Programs.