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HSO – A bold step to improve health services worldwide

As of February 1, 2017, we are taking a bold step in a new direction, launching Health Standards Organization (HSO) and placing patients, community members and families at the heart of everything we do.

Our ambition: To start a movement and unleash the power and potential of people around the world who share our passion for achieving quality health services for all. 

You spoke, we listened

HSO comes as a result of our clients’ feedback throughout the past year and more than 50 years of experience working with health providers and community groups to understand what is needed to make health systems work better.

You’ve challenged us to provide world-class health standards and easily actionable assessments that are more relevant and tailored to your local context, all while ensuring patients, community members and families are at the centre of what we do.

We have heard loud and clear that people expect us to build on what is working and to change what isn’t so health providers can do what they do best; save and improve lives.

We are setting the highest quality standards possible because we don’t think the public should aspire for anything less than the best for their health.

Drawing a clear line between standards and assessment

United under single leadership, HSO with Accreditation Canada as its affiliate, are working on a global scale to help people improve health systems and services in their local jurisdictions.

These two organizations are working side-by-side to change the way health care standards are created and the way accreditation services are provided. HSO specializes in the development of best-in-class standards, innovative assessment methodologies, and practical activation services and tools. Accreditation Canada plans and provides accreditation services to Canadian and international clients, helping people focus on what matters to them in their local context.

Great accreditation programs are based on great standards, and we are setting the bar for health system standards. HSO is a powerhouse of knowledge and co-creation, ensuring that the standards and assessment programs people rely on are relevant, rigorous and results-oriented.

Follow us as we work towards better health standards, better health assessments and better health outcomes. We’re powering care with people at its heart.

Frequently asked questions

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