Partnerships and collaboration

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As the only pan-Canadian health accrediting body that accredits all types of health care organizations, we have a unique perspective on health care quality in Canada. Our perspective and knowledge of best practices is used to stimulate dialogue on health care quality, safety, and emerging trends Canada. This national lens is useful in examining practices across the globe through Accreditation Canada International.

As a trusted partner in health care quality improvement, we take pride in working with a broad range of health care providers, quality councils, national bodies, and governments across the country to develop and promote quality care, safety, and leading programs that contribute to better care for all Canadians.

Some of the organizations we collaborate with include:

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
CADTH is a member of Accreditation Canada’s Leading Practices and Resource Hub Advisory Committee that helps guide the evolution of these two databases.

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Accreditation Canada partners with CIHI on initiatives related to heath system performance.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
We collaborate with CPSI on the creation of resource to promote patient safety across health care settings. We are proud to be contributing to a national Action Plan on patient safety.

Choosing Wisely Canada
Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help physicians and patients make smart choices to ensure high quality care.  Accreditation Canada is a member of the CWC Early Adopter Collaborative, which, through partnerships with various health care organizations and associations, supports the implementation of the physician recommendations in practice settings.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (Canadian Stroke Network)
Accreditation Canada partners with the Canadian Stroke Network to develop the Stroke Distinction program.  In 2013, the Canadian Stroke Network was integrated into the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.  We continue to work with Heart and Stroke to update the Stroke Distinction program, ensuring that it continues to reflect best practices in stroke care delivery.

Health Quality Councils
Provincial Health Quality Councils have slightly different mandates, but exist to improve quality and safety for patients. Accreditation Canada works with health quality councils to ensure that our efforts support one another, but are not a duplication of effort, thereby making the most of the investment to improve quality of care across Canada.

International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)
Accreditation Canada was a founding member of ISQua and piloted its first accreditation program in 1995. We continue to play a leadership role, supporting ISQua with expertise and participating in on-site accreditation surveys across the globe.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Canada
Accreditation Canada and ISMP Canada have partnered to improve medication safety in Canada.ISMP participates in committees, the development of standards on medication management and other related efforts.

Rick Hansen Institute
The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries. Accreditation Canada collaborated with the Rick Hansen Institute to develop the first evidence-based standards for spinal cord injury services delivered in Canada.

Saint Elizabeth
Accreditation Canada and Saint Elizabeth are working together to support health organizations across Canada in their efforts to become more person- and family-centred. A common interest in promoting person- and family-centred care and providing education, support, advice and guidance to health care organizations across Canada trying to deliver it, is the basis for our collaborative efforts. A number of educational initiatives are underway that will be rolled out to participating health care organizations throughout 2016. 

Trauma Association of Canada
We are working with the Trauma Association of Canada to transition the accreditation of trauma services to Accreditation Canada.  This new distinction program has been piloted and is targeted for release in 2014.