The Role of Benchmarking in Healthcare

The Role of Benchmarking in Healthcare

There’s much to love about living in the modern world, but perhaps the thing that’s best of all — and which we should all give more thanks to — is the level of healthcare that we can receive. Take a look throughout history, and you’ll find that falling ill was not for the faint-hearted. You may have been in pain, but the treatment that would be administered could be just as painful as the injury or illness. Today, that’s no longer the case. We know a lot more about the human body and how it works than we did in the past, and we also have more concern for the effects of the treatment. Hospitals aim to give the patient an overall positive experience, with as little discomfort as possible.

So standards have been raised. And the good thing is that they continue to rise, too. Healthcare will be better in ten years than it is today, just as it is better today than it was ten years ago. So how do hospitals continue to improve the services? There are many ways, but perhaps the one that’s most important is ‘benchmarking.’ This is the act of comparing a hospital’s performance with the performance of other hospitals across the country. This allows the institution to see the areas that need improvement, the things they’re doing well, and so on. 

Though there are some challenges, it is deeply important to hospitals, and can help them to push forward. Check out the infographic below for more information. 

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