CBR Accreditation Program (Padi) completes three years

The Program for Accreditation in Diagnostic Imaging (Padi) of the Brazilian College of Radiology (CBR) aims to evaluate public and private services, through impartial criteria, in relation to the fulfillment of minimum quality, safety and sustainability requirements. The program includes the entire process of conducting an exam, from its scheduling to the release of the report to the patient, considering the main related aspects such as: governance and management; infrastructure, radiation and safety; and analytical support.

Padi was structured with the participation of radiologists from all over the country, and was based on consistent research on the successful experiences of other accreditation programs in Brazil and around the world. Its main differential is the technical evaluation of the images and reports, in a step preceding the presential and procedural audit, and can be applied in services of Bone Densitometry, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, General Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Magnetic Resonance, Computed Tomography and Ultrasonography. .

Currently, Padi has accredited services in different regions of the country, including clinics and hospitals of various sizes, compared to a total of 56 enrolled in the program.

It is worth noting that, since its launch in 2014, the program has been improving its internal processes in order to be increasingly efficient in its evaluation activities, while being inclusive of the different levels of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging in the country. Program changes range from the management and operation model to the tolerable criteria and scores for failing the assessment of exams submitted by customers.

One advance that should be emphasized is the achievement, in January 2017, of the accreditation of Norma Padi by International Society in Quality Healthcare (ISQua), the only worldwide organization to certify other accrediting companies and present in over 100 countries on five continents. It is the most important recognition for health believers. Receiving this seal allows us to consider that Padi is in line with the main international health assessment processes, validating its applied methodology.

Padi's management, consisting of medical and administrative interfaces, is supported by the Imaging Diagnostic Accreditation Commission (Cadi). This group is mainly composed of radiologists who deliberate on the main issues related to the program, such as granting accreditation to an evaluated service. The processes are confidential and clients approached at Cadi meetings are anonymized, especially aiming at impartiality in decision making. The main purpose of this commission is to collectively decide on the best course for Padi, considering the renown of the chosen members and the market experience of these professionals.

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Thiago Braga

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