JCAHO Requirements and Your Facility

Posted Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

Can your EHR make sense of them?

Now that we’re all aware of what the new JCAHO requirements for 2018 are, it’s a good idea to consider how these requirements, while an obvious benefit for patients, are going to help improve your facility as well.

Patient Satisfaction—In and of itself, patient satisfaction is a good thing. When favorable ratings are the result of improved outcomes and practices, which are goals for the new requirements, it’s even better.

Distinction— Joint Commission Certification is a “badge of honor” for facilities. Employees can feel proud they are working in a qualified and distinguished place. Prospective employees know the level of quality and commitment they would be working with. And best of all, patients can feel at ease and maintain a level of confidence in the facility. JCAHO designation means that your facility goes above and beyond to provide the best possible care.

Better Decision Making— The new requirements focus on measurement-based care. This is going to help you determine the best course for your patients based on real data from your facility. Which, in turn, will result in better patient outcomes. 

Being JCAHO compliant is a benefit not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it will help you make the best possible decisions for your patients and your staff. If you’re working with an EHR that is not already JCAHO compliant, it might be time to shop for a new one. Sigmund’s Aura has been meeting the new requirements for 2018 since before they were required. Why? They are good practices that will result in better outcomes for you and your patients. In fact, many Sigmund customers have already achieved JCAHO certification.

The best EHRs will help you sail through JCAHO requirement with ease.  


Sigmund’s Aura has features that cover it all:

  • Assessments—These are what “measurement-based care” is all about. When you have the right questions to ask, you get meaningful information that will inform decisions and treatment plans.

  • Patient Portal—Making patient data collection and communication easier is important for everyone involved. With Aura, patients can self-report, view their information, and get messages from their providers.

  • Data Aggregation—With the information collected from assessments, Aura aggregates the data to give you “at-a-glance” trends and deep data dives, complete with analytics and reports.

  • Tasking and Alerts, Including Patient Follow Up Reminders—Keep everyone on the same page with reminders and alerts. Aura doesn’t let anything slip through the cracks.

When you choose Aura, you not only get an EHR that is ahead of the JCAHO requirement curve, you get a system that helps you produce the best possible outcomes for you and your patients.