Healthcare Accreditation in Korea: The Current Status and Challenges Ahead

의료기관 인증제도의 현황과 과제

  • Lee, Sang-il (Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine)
  • 이상일 (울산대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실)
  • Received : 2018.07.06
  • Accepted : 2018.07.31
  • Published : 2018.09.30


The origin of hospital accreditation in Korea is the Hospital Standardization Program of the Korea Hospital Association. Current accreditation program implemented by the Korea Institute for Healthcare Accreditation has succeeded in stimulating quality improvement activities of participating hospitals since its launching in 2010. However it has been criticized due to some unintended consequences of accreditation. In order to fully enjoy the benefit of the accreditation program in Korea, national efforts to expand accreditation scheme and coverage, upgrade accreditation standards, insure substantiality of accreditation process, provide consumers with more useful information, and strengthen the professional capacity of accreditation organization will be needed.



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