NABH is an acronym for National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers. It is a constituent board of Quality Council of India set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for hospitals. NABH was established in the year 2006.
Quality Council of India and National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers have designed an exhaustive healthcare standard for hospitals. This standard consists of stringent 500 plus objective elements for the hospital to achieve in order to get the NABH accreditation.
NABH is equivalent to JCI and other international standards, including HAS (Haute Autorite de Sante), Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, SHQS (Finland), Japan Council for Quality in Health Care, National Committee for Quality Assurance, NCQA (USA). Their standards have been accredited by ISQUA, the apex body accrediting the accreditators, thus making NABH accreditation at par with the world's most leading hospital accreditations.To comply with these standard elements, the hospital will need to have a process-driven approach in all aspects of hospital activities - from registration, admission, pre-surgery, peri-surgery and post-surgery protocols, discharge from the hospital to follow-up with the hospital after discharge. Not only the clinical aspects but the governance aspects are process-driven based on clear and transparent policies and protocols. In a nutshell, NABH aims at streamlining the entire operations of a hospital.