Dr. Kleefield: WorldMed’s Quality Evaluation Program most definitely raises the bar for the medical travel industry.
Concord, CA (PRWEB) February 9, 2011
WorldMed Assist is announcing its Hospital Quality Evaluation Program. The program serves to rigorously evaluate the quality of hospitals and health care facilities, with the goal of increasing the safety for medical travelers. The program was developed under the direction of Dr. Sharon Kleefield of Harvard Medical School.
WorldMed Assist is the premier medical travel company in the U.S., providing medical travel services for both individuals as well as corporate entities. Already well-known for having a very rigorous credentialing process for health care providers, WorldMed Assist has facilitated the care of hundreds of consumer medical travelers since its inception in 2006. The Quality Evaluation program has been instituted in order to stay ahead of the additional demands of self-funded employers as they have started to sign up for WorldMed Assist’s corporate medical travel services on a wider scale.
Dr. Kleefield is a lecturer at Harvard Medical School and a recognized thought leader on international hospital quality systems and performance measures. She has worked in more than 15 countries advising hospitals on ways to improve their performance and quality.
WorldMed Assist has recognized Kleefield’s expertise in the field, and has recruited her to design the Hospital Quality Evaluation and Improvement Program. The program is consistent with the best of U.S. and international standards, but is especially focused on the additional requirements for facilities that accept medical travelers.
Wouter Hoeberechts, CEO of WorldMed Assist, comments on Dr. Kleefield’s contributions to the company’s pioneering efforts: “We are very grateful to Sharon for developing a proprietary program that underscores WorldMed’s commitment to providing patients with access to the best and safest medical facilities. The new program dovetails nicely with our Patient-Centric case management program, which uses certified clinicians to facilitate the medical travel event.”
Hoeberechts continues, “Our Hospital Quality Evaluation and Improvement Program provides a comprehensive review of a hospital organization across its physical and organizational structures, processes of care delivery and associated performance measures. The new requirements will help our providers deliver better quality of care. This will result in better patient experiences and stronger relationships with our clients.”
WorldMed’s excitement over the new program is also shared by Dr. Kleefield. She explains, “WorldMed’s Quality Evaluation Program most definitely raises the bar for the medical travel industry. Having spent 15 years as a Director of Quality both domestically and internationally, I believe that WorldMed will serve as the benchmark for establishing measurable, evidence-based quality of care internationally.”
With its new program in place, the company continues to provide much-needed health care options for corporate clients and individual patients that are affordable, high quality and can be accessed without waiting times.