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Joint Commission International (JCI) is the global arm of the US-based Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); the same body that certifies over 18,000 hospitals in the United States.
Although JCI approval is not the only accreditation available for medical tourism facilities, it is the most widely accepted industry benchmark. Over its nearly 10-year history, JCI has accredited hospitals in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
The Joint Commission International was launched by the Joint Commission in 1999 after a growing demand for a resource to effetively evaluate quality and safety. JCI's standards and qualifications are derived from an international consensus of achievable expectations for structures, outcomes, and processes for medical facilities. There are over 120 hospitals worldwide that are accredited through the JCI.
JCI works closely with partner hospitals, government agencies, health providers, insurance companies, patients, legal experts, medical consultants, and other major players in the larger health care industry to ensure the consistency and reliability of its accreditation process.