De We Really Need a Medical Travel Program?

Healthcare providers who are receiving medical travelers and/or international patients (or seeking to) may wonder if it is worth their time, effort and resources to implement an organized medical travel program or international patient department. After all – some may think, “We have received the occasional expat or medical traveler...
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GHA Standards Spotlight – Infection Prevention & Control

Over the last several years, infections related to medical travel have received increasingly prominent news coverage. Most recently, a number of U.S. and Canadian patients became infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria after undergoing surgery at a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico.[1] While there is a potential risk of a...
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Patient Guidelines for a Successful Medical Travel Experience

The Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) Program for Medical Travel Services is pleased to provide the following recommendations and guidelines specific to medical travel patients. While this information will be helpful for all types of medical travelers, it should be especially beneficial for patients who are paying for their procedure out...
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GHA Travels to Arab Health

This past January, Ms. Karen Timmons and Mr. Bill Cook, GHA’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Business Development respectively, traveled to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, to participate in the Arab Health conference (January 27-31). With over 84,000 attendees from 65+ countries, it is the largest healthcare event...
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GHA Workshop Tour in Colombia

At the end of February, Carol Gilmore, GHA surveyor and consultant, and Bill Cook presented three workshops in three of Colombia’s most important cities: Bogotá, Medellín and Cali. Organized in collaboration with Coomeva, one of the largest cooperatives in Colombia, focused on sectors such as healthcare, tourism and finance, and a...
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Global Healthcare Accreditation Releases its Latest Standards for Medical Travel Services

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Jan. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) Program for Medical Travel Services (http://globalhealthcareaccreditation.com/) recently announced the release of GHA Standards 4.1 for hospitals and ambulatory medical centers with medical travel programs. The new standards were developed over the past year, following the conduct of a formal...
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Supporting Continuity of Care in Medical Travel

In a previous article (Pre-screening Traveling Patients: 4 Things You Must Know) we discussed important factors to consider when assessing whether or not a patient is a good candidate for medical travel. In this article we will look at the other end of the spectrum to understand what healthcare providers...
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OneOme and St. Catherine Specialty Hospital in Croatia Partner to Increase Access to Pharmacogenetic Testing in Europe

MINNEAPOLIS and ZAGREB, Croatia, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — OneOme, co-founded with Mayo Clinic, announced today that they are partnering with St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, a European Center of Excellence, to bring innovative, actionable pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing to patients. St. Catherine Specialty Hospital will offer its patients the OneOme RightMed® comprehensive test, a PGx test that...
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Changing Perspectives on the Patient Experience

Recently The Beryl Institute published findings on the patient experience using data obtained in a survey of 2,000 healthcare consumers in five countries.  Their report, Consumer Perspectives on Patient Experience 2018,[1] delves deeply into the importance of the patient experience and why it matters to consumers and why it should matter to healthcare...
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Is Your Website Culturally Competent?

If you have paid any attention to GHA’s newsletters and articles over the past 18 months you will have noticed one of the constant themes, if not the primary one, is highlighting strategies to enhance the patient experience across the Medical Travel Care Continuum™. A big part of enhancing is...
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