US-based group launches hospital ranking service in India

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New Delhi: With patient care and safety emerging as a major concern, a US-based healthcare organization has launched a certification service for hospitals for the first time in India.

KEMP Healthcare has started a comprehensive collection of evidence-based performance indicators that have been tried and tested in international healthcare systems as reliable benchmarks. The hospitals would be evaluated on parameters like safety, quality, timeliness, effectiveness and patient satisfaction.

It would then rate hospitals on a five star scale.

β€œThis certification would give the hospitals additional credibility and confidence within an increasingly competitive market and will make them more attractive to the health insurance providers, panel companies and also to the foreign visitors coming to India for medical tourism,” Pallav Bhatnagar, KEMP managing Director, said on October 18.

Bhatnagar said it was ironical that the country, which has one of the most contemporary healthcare systems in the world, does not have a formal mechanism to gauge how good it is.

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