Abstract—The concept of risk management in hospital had its beginning in the 1970s in the USA, following court decisions which established the corporate liability of the hospital for the quality of care and holding medical staff liable for quality of care. The formal program of risk management is a necessity in all health care facilities in the USA and a prerequisite for accreditation of hospitals. Progressive hospitals in developing countries with western trained physicians are initiating the process of risk management as a safeguard against becoming defendants in major medico-legal lawsuits by making risk management an integral component of hospital management.
Index Terms—Hospitals, liability, medical negligence, risk management.
B. Singh is with the Apollo Institute of Hospital Administration,Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. (e-mail:email@example.com; tel: + 9190306 90734)
M. H. Ghatala is with the Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation in Hyderabad, India (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: +91 99484 40701).
Cite: Balbir Singh and M. Habeeb Ghatala, "Risk Management in Hospitals," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 417 -421 , 2012.