HSO launches expert Technical Committee to review, develop standards for improved health service quality


September 7, 2017 (Ottawa) – Health Standards Organization (HSO) is committed to unleashing the power and potential of people who share our passion for quality health services. Today, HSO announced the members of our first ever standard development Technical Committee on Assessment Methodologies.

HSO’s rigorous standard development process is evidence-informed and consensus-based. It sources the best available evidence, leading expertise, and compelling experiences to create global standards that are applicable to local contexts. The Assessment Methodologies Technical Committee advises on the development of assessment methodologies used in assessment programs. It provides guidance and expertise on the methods used to assess conformance with health standards.

HSO’s historic Technical Committees for standard development establish the highest quality health systems standards because we don’t think anyone should aspire to anything less than the best for their health. People who make up health systems – patients, practitioners, and policy makers – are at the centre of everything HSO does, and at the table as full members of our committees.
Our standards are developed through a participatory and co-creative process in which the voices of patients, community members, families, health service providers, clinicians, and policy makers are heard.

Meet Our Technical Committee Members:

  • Emmanuelle Simony, Patients and Families
  • Adrienne Zarem, Patients and Families
  • Julie Drury, Patients and Families
  • Vincent Dumez, Patients and Families
  • Wolf Klassen, Toronto East Health Network
  • Linda Tymchuk, Alberta Health Services
  • Daniela Akemi, Imed Group Brasil
  • Hussam Al-Baz, King Abdulaziz University Hospital
  • Dr. Joseph Amuah, The Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Mr. Gary Needle, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar• Kevin Hare, Fraser Health
  • Dr. Paul Barach, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Fadi El-Jardali, American University of Beirut
  • Mr. Ron Clarkin, NRC Health
  • Sonia Pagura, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

“My desire to become involved with the assessment methodologies technical committee stemmed from my work as a patient partner in the accreditation process at my daughter’s rehabilitation hospital. As my journey through the process of accreditation preparation unfolded, I started to appreciate the significant time and resources required of an organization to appropriately prepare for an onsite survey. It became clear to me that the use of alternative assessment methodologies provided an exciting opportunity for organizations to maintain their singular focus on providing safe, high-quality patient care, while simultaneously using the accreditation process to forward their quality and safety goals.”

– Adrienne Zarem, Patient and Family Member participant

“I wanted to be involved in HSO Assessment Methodology Technical Committee  based on the rigorous technical validation and oversight  that utilizes my domain and conceptual experience.  Knowing that I have used my knowledge and experience to help craft and validate future standards that organizations will be using to shape their future is immensely rewarding and humbling.” 

– Kevin Hare, Fraser Health

Members of these historic HSO Technical Committees will help drive the standards development process and ensure all that all points of view relating to a new standard or a proposed standard revision are represented. HSO Technical Committees include patients, families, clinicians and policy-makers to build world-leading health standards and assessment programs that enable people in their local jurisdictions save and improve lives. For more information: www.healthstandards.org @HSO_World.

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