The Joint Commission Resources has announced that it will now provide its accreditation manuals in electronic form. The electronic manuals are a web-based tool for understanding the Joint Commission’s accreditation requirements. The tool allows users to retrieve accreditation standards, to search text and to locate specific elements of performance that are needed by the facility. The Commission’s consulting and education subsidiary, the Joint Commission Resources, released the new electronic manuals as part of the organization’s Standards Improvement Initiative.
Manuals for the hospital, critical-access hospital, ambulatory, office-based surgery and home care programs offer filtering tools which focus on the standards relevant to those organizations and a history tracking tool to monitor changes to the standards. There will be filtering and history tools for the behavioral healthcare, laboratory and long-term-care programs available in the 2010 electronic manuals.
To access the electronic manuals, go to http://www.jcrinc.com/Accreditation-Manuals/.
Jean DerGurhian. “Join Commission Resources Moves Manuals Online.” Modernhealthcare.com, Dec. 3, 2008.