Quality management (QM) systems are widely established management tools in the industry and business world today. In the health care sector, the need for quality, the implementation of quality management systems and economic orientation of the hospital management are strongly encouraged. Centers of excellence are created to offer special medical services of the highest possible quality. Furthermore, there is a worldwide tendency to establish standards in clinical medical settings, in teaching profession and medical science. These trends make the implementation of a quality management system in health care system highly desirable. The present manuscript reviews the fundamental principles and concepts and the aims of internationally accepted QM systems. It focuses on the ISO-9000 certificates and the European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM) model. The advantages and disadvantages are discussed. The resources necessary for installation of a QM system and the different phases of implementation are reported. According to the experience of several groups, QM systems can be reliably used in a radiology department and lead to continuous improvement of the quality of services.
- ISO 9000
- Management of radiology departments
- Quality management systems
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging