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Resources – Organizations

  • Quality Texas – State of Texas quality award program.
  • American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) – International association of of blood banks dedicated to encourage voluntary donations of of blood, tissues, and other organs.
  • American College of HealthCare Executives (ACHE) – an international professional society of healthcare executives known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) – A member society dedicated to the ongoing, development, advancement, and promotion of quality concepts, principles, and techniques.
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management – A member Society of the American Hospital Association (AHA) focused on risk and risk management in health care.
  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering – A member Society of the AHA involved with Hospital Engineering and Clinical Engineering in health care facilities.
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP) – a medical society serving more than 15,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world.
  • The International Society for Quality in Health Care Inc. – ISQua has hundreds of members in over sixty countries offering unique opportunities for individuals and organisations with a common interest in quality in health care, to share expertise and experience in an international, multi-disciplinary forum. ISQua also develops special interest groups and has started a directory to encourage exchange with national organisations committed to quality in health care.
  • The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). – HIMSS is the leading organization for industry and academic professionals in the areas of healthcare information systems, management engineering, and applied information technology.
  • The Foundation for Accountability (FACCT). – FACCT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping Americans make better health care decisions. FACCT believes that America’s ability to create a more responsive health care system depends on informed, empowered consumers who help shape the system, hold it accountable for quality and act as partners in improving health.
  • The International Organization for Standardization (ISO). – A worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 130 countries, established in 1947 to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity.
  • The Joint Commission. – an independent, not-for-profit organization that supports quality and safety through the accreditation of health care organizations and the certification of health care services. More than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States are accredited by the Joint Commission, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,300 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies primary stroke centers, transplant centers, health care staffing services, and disease-specific care programs, including those for asthma, diabetes, and women’s health, among others.
  • The Accredidation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). – AAAHC Advocates high quality health services in ambulatory health care organizations through development of standards, survey, and accreditation programs.
  • The Health Care Quality Alliance (HCQA). – HCQA unites 97 diverse, national health-related organizations with a common commitment to preserving and enhancing the quality of health care made available to the American public.
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). – NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, including health maintenance organizations (HMOs), governed by a Board of Directors that includes employers, consumer and labor representatives, health plans, quality experts, regulators, and representatives from organized medicine.
  • The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). – IHI offers resources and services to help health care organizations make dramatic and long-lasting improvements that enhance clinical outcomes and reduce costs.
  • The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). – NAHQ is the nation’s leading organization for healthcare quality professionals.
  • The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). – SHEA was organized to foster the development and application of the science of healthcare epidemiology.
  • The Society of Quality Assurance (SQA). – A professional organization that promotes quality assurance of non-clinical laboratory studies subject to the Good Laboratory Practices, clinical study regulations, and guidance for Good Clinical Practices worldwide.
  • The Sorry Works! Coalition
    The goals of The Sorry Works! Coalition is to educate all stakeholders, the media, and the public about the benefits of Sorry Works! full disclosure, serve as an organizing force for the full disclosure movement, and push for the development of Sorry Works! pilot programs throughout the United States.Journal of Maine EMS
  • The Journal of Maine EMS is published quarterly for the Maine Emergency Nurses Association, the Regional EMS Councils, Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Maine Committee on Trauma, Maine Ambulance Association and Maine EMS.




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