“This gives us assurances that our hospital is not a small, provincial country hospital at the end of the world. We want to ensure it is as good as it can be and that the residents of Akureyri want to seek our services,” Oddur Ólafsson, president of the hospital’s quality control, told RÚV. Akureyri Hospital is the first among Icelandic health institutions to obtain this qualification.
Oddur finds that supervision of doctors in Iceland needs to be better. He returned to Iceland from his training in the US in 2008 and noticed the work methods here were different and much that could be improved. “In my opinion,” he stated, “supervision of doctors and health institutions is not very strong. There’s a certain vacuum, and we could do better.”
The process of certification began five years ago. The goal is for the hospital to be comparable with certified hospitals all over the world. Representatives from the international company DNV GL did a preliminary appraisal of the operation, work methods and facilities in 2014 and a full appraisal last fall. The hospital passed the test and the next step is to obtain an ISO-9001 quality management system certification.