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Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was chartered in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences. The Institute provides a vital service by working outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance. The IOM's mission is to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health. The Institute provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large.

A National Context for Quality. The Institute of Medicine's (IOM) reports, To Err is Human; Building a Safer Health System (1999) and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century (2001) gave the health care industry a charge to make health care in America safer and of consistent high quality for which all stakeholders in care are accountable. The second report outlines six aims for improving the health care system stating that all health care should be: safe, effective, patient-centered, efficient, equitable, and timely. (Excerpt from NewsLine, February 2005). Learn About IOM's Six Aims

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world.

National Quality Forum:  

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.

Baldridge National Quality Program:      

To enhance the competitiveness, quality, and productivity of U.S. organizations for the benefit of all residents.

The Joint Commission:  

The mission of The Joint Commission is to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

Community Health Accreditation Program:  

The Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP) is the leader in improving the quality of community based health care services in the USA.

Accreditation Commission for Health Care: 

ACHC is a national health care accrediting organization started at the grass-roots level by a few home care providers endeavoring to create a viable option of accreditation sensitive to the needs of small providers.

Quality Partners