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There are currently thirteen JCI accredited hospitals in Japan. The JCI, standing for Joint Commission International, is a nonprofit organization based in the United States and founded in 1994 by the Joint Commission to evaluate and accredit hospitals outside of the United States. JCI accreditation is globally recognized as an achievement in quality improvement and patient safety. To earn the JCI accreditation, the applicants must go through ten major steps with the whole process taking between 18 and 24 months. The hospitals that gain accreditation receive the Gold Seal of Approval which can be displayed to show that they meet the global healthcare standards. The medical facilities that achieve accreditation must then maintain their new standards and constantly work on improving their service in order to be re-accredited every three years.
Though JCI was founded in 1994, it took quite some time before the first hospitals were accredited in Japan. Japan did not necessarily see the need to comply with global standards. However with more and more Asian hospitals receiving JCI accreditation in Thailand, Malaysia Korea and others, not a single one existed in Japan. After sometime, Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa city became the first JCI accredited hospital in Japan in 2009. Since then, twelve other Japanese establishments have joined the list of JCI accredited hospitals in Japan.
You can find the list of the JCI accredited hospitals in Japan on the JCI website.
One of our partners, Hayama Heart Center specializing in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery located in Kanagawa prefecture, did receive their Gold Seal of Approval. Hayama Heart Center was the eighth of the current thirteen JCI accredited hospitals in Japan. To receive accreditation, the hospital had to satisfy 1220 review items required by the Joint Commission International, which it successfully did in March 6th 2014.