Best Practices Award

After 30 years of the National Health System the consolidation of the health services coverage, it is important to emphasize the measures for better accessibility, with quality, privileging the equity, effectiveness and efficiency as well as the patient safety. Innovation and originality has been gaining relevance in the health area.

In order to ensure equity, efficiency and effectiveness, it is very important to give and adequate and on time response to the challenges facing the health area, by determining the priorities. A better management in the organization, based on a culture of services where the people feel included, and where the health professionals are acknowledged due to their work merit and the patients see their rights consecrated accordingly to the Chart of Rights and Duties, allowing them to benefit from the best health care. The natural evolution of the health sciences and new management models makes it crucial to motivate and mobilize the health professionals in defining and achieving the objectives. The implication of the different levels ensure a better adaptation to the new challenges facing health, in a globalized world with growing rates of urbanization and ageing population.

Effectiveness means “the capacity to attain the objectives by correctly using the available resources”, these areas must represent the correct performance of the health services, as well as the capacity to care for patients.

Together with the clinical management, the Health Units represent a priority area. The new organic structure and reconfiguration process of the health services, with the objective of ensuring a continuity and proximity of care, integration of services and better use of resources, with an effective impact in the quality of the care delivered is a strong motivation to find the most adequate and innovative responses in the reorganization of the services.

In 2009,the publication of the Order 14223/2009 from 24th June, approved the national Strategy for Health Quality, by underlining the following strategic priorities: Clinical and Organizational Quality; Transparent information to the citizen, Patient safety, Integrated Disease Management and Health Innovation. 

The Best Practices in Health Award, for the quality and/or innovation areas aims at motivating the applications of best practices within the clinical or the Health Units management, affecting the health and well-being of the populations. Every year, the Organizing Committee will define the theme for the application projects.

The organization and development of the Best Practices Award is based on the citizens’ health and interests, as well as their needs and preoccupations; the reinforcement of the citizen centred decision making, with the subsequent approximation of the services under the Ministry of Health and the population.

The main objectives of the Best Practices Award are to improve the information and knowledge aiming at developing the public health; increase a faster and more coordinated responsiveness to the health threats; promote the health and prevent the disease by intervening in the health determinants; foster a sustained and systematic health innovation culture, which is based on the knowledge, technology and innovation competencies.