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PATH Cordinators in the Country (PCC)

 

The PATH Coordinator in the country leads PATH strategic management and implementation for a group of hospitals. The function of coordination can also take place at the regional or provincial level and will then have to be integrated with the function of national coordination.
 
The coordinator provides the strategic orientation and a long-term vision of how PATH can contribute to the development of a culture of performance measurement, performance management and continuous quality improvement at country/regional/provincial level and to promote the responsive governance and a comprehensive approach to performance management.  PCC interrelates both with the participating hospitals and with national/regional stakeholders. If relevant, coordinators will set up a steering committee including institutional stakeholders with an interest in quality management in the country.  This steering committee will aim at creating an enabling environment for PATH or similar activities and to stimulate further activities in the field, basing on PATH experience.
 
Coordinators also play a key role in managing their local PATH networks. They work with hospitals to identify and select the most relevant indicators in the PATH indicator set. They agree with hospitals on common definitions and facilitate and harmonize data collection in hospitals. Via hospital coordinators they motivate hospitals to continuously scrutinize the data and disseminate the results. They can provide educational tools or organize trainings and workshops for this purpose. They are responsible for assessing data quality, validating data (if necessary after correction by hospitals), calculating the indicators, defining the structure of the hospitals' reports and generating these reports.  They upload data to an international database. They can request anonymous international data from the International Secretariat to feed in their national analysis. They foster indicator analysis and interpretation of results: with this regard, they acknowledge that indicators are merely flags that need to be interpreted with caution, and this is communicated adequately to ensure that the limitations are understood by all partners.  PCC stimulate communication among participating hospitals and with institutional stakeholders through different mechanisms, as relevant in the country (e.g. internet web site, Newsletter, workshops, regular visits or telephone contacts). Some of the tasks for running the PATH network might be delegated to external organizations.  For instance, data might be directly sent from hospitals to third party for data analysis and edition of the reports.

 
These activities require substantial staff time and hence the PATH Coordinator in the country might need to raise financial resources to fulfill his/her role. Sources of funding are diverse. They might include support from ministries of health, health insurance funds, hospital associations, research institutes, or fees paid directly by hospitals to cover the costs of predefined services.
 
It is critical that the PATH Coordinator in the country develop a sound partnership with participating hospitals and that hospitals feel confident in sharing their data and current practices. PATH Coordinators in the country should also be recognized for their expertise and be considered leading figures in the field of quality management.
 
Technical assistance will be provided upon request to PATH Coordinators in the country either directly by WHO as part of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) activities, or by partners within the PATH network (e.g. the WHO Collaborating Centre in Krakow). When setting up the PATH infrastructure in the country the conditions will be discussed individually with each country coordinator and head of the respective WHO Country Office.

 

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