HSO 42002:2018 (E) Diagnostic Imaging Services Standard – Public Review

The public review of HSO’s revised Diagnostic Imaging Services standard is taking place between December 3, 2018 and January 31, 2019. 

Summary of changes

HSO 42002:2018 (E) Diagnostic Imaging Services Standard includes a revised approach to diagnostic imaging services that provides strong guidance for healthcare providers in diagnostic imaging settings. This will enable providers to achieve a higher quality of care and service excellence within their organizations. 

The scope of the standard was expanded to capture new and emerging themes, meet the needs of diagnostic imaging providers, and address gaps identified by stakeholders. Areas where new criteria were added include; interventional radiology, training and maintenance of equipment, safety of clients and staff, and a focus on integration between diagnostic imaging providers and the referring medical professional.  

The newly revised standard will inform healthcare providers and professional on patient involvement, patient/staff safety, and best practices in diagnostic imaging services.  

The standard includes requirements related to: 

  • Meeting the needs of clients and referring medical professionals  
  • Having the Right People 
  • Providing a Suitable Environment 
  • Selecting, Operating, and Maintaining Diagnostic Imaging Equipment 
  • Providing Safe and Appropriate Diagnostic Imaging Services  
  • Keeping Records Accurate, Up-to-Date and Secure 
  • Monitoring the Safety and Quality of Diagnostic Imaging Services  

Also included in the standard are two (2) normative references:  

  • HSO 5010:2018 – Client Identification 
  • HSO 83001:2018 – Virtual Health Standard 

The CAN/HSO 42002:2018 (E) Diagnostic Imaging Services standard is intended to apply to all diagnostic imaging services offered in a hospital setting, not only services provided in the radiology department. Criteria for standalone diagnostic imaging clinics can be found in HSO 42003 – Medical Imaging Standard. 

The revision of this standard is being led by HSO’s Technical Committee TC015 – Diagnostic Imaging Services Technical Committee. Technical Committee members include patients and family members; clinicians and health service administrators; government and health services stakeholders; and researchers. 

Additional information for Accreditation Canada clients

Tell us what you think

We are asking those who have an interest in this standard, such as families who have experienced palliative services, service providers or others that have expertise in this area, for their views on the proposed revised standard.

There is one main question in the public review document. We are not asking questions about every requirement or criteria, but we do welcome your comments on any or all aspects of the standard. When answering the questions, please keep in mind that the standard may apply globally. We may retain jurisdiction specific comments for local guidelines.

Our public review is open for 60 days. We would appreciate your feedback on the proposed changes. The public review is open until midnight on January 31, 2019.

Please respond by reviewing the draft standard and providing your feedback in the questionnaire that follows.

Draft StandardQuestionnaire

For more information, questions or concerns regarding the standards, please contact us as publications@healthstandards.org