The Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program is an independent accrediting body that seeks to improve the patient experience and excellence of care received by patients who travel for their medical care and treatment, whether within their own country or internationally.
GHA Mission Statement:
GHA’s goal is to share professional norms and set the standard for organizations serving medical travel patients. With a focus on the entire medical travel care continuum, patient experience and sustainable business practices – we seek to provide both short term and long term value to our clients, whom we view as strategic partners.
How is GHA Different?
Focused on the Needs of Medical Travelers
The GHA program complements existing national and international clinical accreditation programs. While these programs traditionally focus on the clinical aspects of care for the entire organization, GHA conducts a deep review of the International or Global Patient Services program, or the entity within an organization that serves the medical travel patient.
Impacts Your Financial Health
GHA ensures that organizations receive solutions that impact not just patient outcomes, but business performance and the organization’s financial health. Because GHA focuses on the entire Medical Travel Care Continuum-those business functions within an organization that impact the medical travel program, such as Marketing, Finance, and Technology are included. GHA also identifies ways to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Medical Travel Care Constinuum, while reducing vulnerabilities.
GHA Standards are Supported by a Diverse Group of Stakeholders
Our advisory board includes representatives from leading hospitals and insurance companies, as well as organizations focused on patient experience, risk management, employee benefits, and medical travel facilitation. Additionally, GHA regularly surveys buyers of health services to assure our standards are finely tuned to the needs of traveling patients seeking care under a variety of circumstances.
Provides Clients with Increased Visibility
GHA regularly participates in international healthcare events including hosting a yearly Medical Director Summit, participating in Ministerial Summits, roundtables and focus groups, while quickly building a growing social media presence. These initiatives and others have allowed us to develop a vast database that benefits our clients through visibility, connectivity, and networking events.
Achieving Global Healthcare Accreditation is not only an accomplishment in operational excellence but a clear indicator an organization is also prioritizing their business strategy.
GHA Medical Travel Care Continuum
Our standards encompass all of the aspects of the continuum below, including the pre-arrival and post discharge phases. This is a distinct differentiating factor from other clinical accreditations.
Defining Medical Travel
The GHA Program recognizes that medical travel can be defined in various ways in different regions of the world. Historically, our standards have recognized medical travel as the process of traveling outside one’s local area of residence for the purpose of receiving medical services. Currently, the GHA Program defines medical travel specifically as an elective decision as of the entire medical travel definition spectrum.