You strive to stay healthy. But do you understand how are health system works to improve and keep you at your best? You may give this little thought. But without modern health institutions, your quality of health would likely suffer. And that’s why we’re having a quick discussion about benchmarking.
They say that we shouldn’t take our health for granted.
But perhaps we should also avoid taking the healthcare that we can receive for granted, too. There’s a lot of discussion these days about healthcare and affordability. But let’s take a moment to consider how different healthcare is today compared the past.
We should all be pretty pleased that we have access to high-quality healthcare. Providers engage fully with their patients. You’ll get more advanced treatment today than at any other point in history. Think of when treatments were painful, unsanitary, and ultimately unsafe.
This is not — and cannot be — the case today.
A healthcare institution that fell too far below the standards set by practices across the country would soon be shut down or put out of business. Fortunately, there aren’t many hospitals looking to lower their standards. The culture in the healthcare sector is of striving to be and do better. It’s about finding ways to improve, and make treatment for patients more affordable and generally better.
So how do hospitals do this? First they look internally and look for any obvious shortcomings that may be present Then they also look at their performance in relation to other hospitals and medical practices. This is called ‘benchmarking,’ and it’s something that the healthcare system uses to push things forward.
There are two different types: competitive benchmarking and collaborative benchmarking. Both aim to make things better for the patient and the hospital in general. So now you know and can perhaps appreciate what goes into your care a little more.
Interested in this topic? Then take a look at the infographic below, which was produced by the University of Southern California.
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