One of the most important drivers of INDIGOMED’s quality indicators for hospitals and health care providers is the quality and breadth of research and innovation conducted by an institutions.

The research and innovation culture pervading the hospital is an important factor in the quality of healthcare services the institution provides, as is the recruitment and retention of high-quality staff.

A capacity to recognize and harness international developments in medicine, surgery, pharmaceutical and medical delivery tools, organizational healthcare management and medical technology in health care is vital if INDIGOMED aims to build on its high standards and meet its members’ challenges and needs.

This is the main reason INDIGOMED provides the most-accurate information about recent research activity and scientific publications by the medical and research teams belonging to INDIGOMED network hospitals

INDIGOMED sees a huge scope of clinical and health service outcomes as a result of research activities by institutions, extending into community services and preventive health strategies.

This improves quality and achieves constructive development of services, applying advances in medical science and technology. Many INDIGOMED hospitals are major teaching institutions that have key national and international roles in leadership and in the development of a culture of quality.

At the heart of that process is scientific peer review, a quality-control system that requires all new scientific discoveries, ideas, and implications to be scrutinized and critiqued by expert scientists before they become widely accepted.

Peer review, also known as refereeing, is the cornerstone of science. It is a process whereby a scientist’s research is assessed for quality before it is funded or published. The “peer” in peer review means the scientist in question submits his work for review other experts in the field.

Reviewers are not the ultimate arbiters about whether research should be funded or published, but their comments inform decision makers.

INDIGOMED follows several sources of scientific publications by medical and research teams of hospitals and medical centers. The importance of reviewer committees is analyzed by INDIGOMED teams, and a specific quality indicator is used to assess the level of research quality and innovation of the assessed hospital.

To learn more about the importance of peer review for assessing quality of research and innovations, INDIGOMED suggests the study “Peer review in scientific publications,” by the UK House of Commons, Science and Technology Committee, Eighth Report of Session 2010–12.

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