Dr. Christof Veit; © IQTIG
On January 9th, 2015, the establishment of the institute for quality assurance and transparency in the health sector (IQTIG) was successfully completed by the partners of the self-administration in health care and the Federal Ministry of Health. Its goal is to develop measures for quality assurance and for presentation of the quality of care in the health sector and to help shape their implementation.
MEDICA-tradefair.com spoke to Dr. Christof Veit, director of IQTIG, about the institute's duties and the concrete advantage for the patient. On the MEDICA ECON FORUM he will also talk about the expectations that are placed on the Institute.
Dr. Veit, the IQTIG was founded in January 2015 and will begin its work in 2016. How is the current situation in the construction of the new institute?
Currently, the team consists of 63 employees of IQTIG from a variety of professions, including doctors, nursing and health scientists, statisticians, health economists and IT specialists. Early next year the team will grow to about 80 employees. Currently, the organization and its features are still built while we are already working on methods and content in various internal working groups. The information and materials from the previous methods will be adopted gradually and the new projects will be prepared.
What specific tasks will the IQTIG take over?
Beginning January 1st, 2016, the IQTIG will continue the previously existing procedures of external quality assurance and a cross-sectoral process in the area of cardiac catheterization will be started for the first time. In the future, the processes are to be designed leaner and more effective. In particular the methodology and practice of the new quality-based management tools which are provided by the hospital structure law will be developed and brought to practical application.
Furthermore, patients and insured people should be provided with understandable information on the supply quality available that will help them find a good hospital which is suitable for them.
What specific expectations have been placed on the IQTIG prior to its establishment?
In the further development of public health, supply quality shall play a central control task. To this end, it has to be clearly defined, valid, practicable and has to be presented in a clear and understandable way. In addition to capture data, social data and patient surveys will play an important role. The procedures are to be implemented increasingly across sectors and new service areas are included. The IQTIG will develop the methodological and practical foundations for this and implement them together with the various partners of external quality assurance. Doing this, it can use many existing instruments.
However, we have entered new territory and are facing very large and difficult tasks. The bureaucracy is to be reduced thereby and the effectiveness of the quality comparisons will be increased further. Quality assurance must be of use for those who care for patients. The only way to continuously improve the supply quality is useful support. Excellent quality is to be deliberately promoted and persistent shortage of supply quality is to be stopped.
What are the concrete benefits for patients which are resulting from the work of IQTIG?
Through the development of quality assurance procedures patients can count even more on an nation-wide good to excellent medical care and on a better orientation than ever before on the basis of published data, in particular in their choice of doctors and hospitals. In areas where the population currently often sees cause for concern - for example with respect to an appropriate indication or protective hygiene - the results of quality measurements are to be made visible and shortcomings are to be corrected by different measures or sanctions. Through concrete and critical data, the people's trust in the healthcare system can be strengthened. This self-critical, promotional dealing with supply quality should also allow to motivate people to work in health care for patients with the best possible success in the future.
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The interview was conducted by Daniel Stöter