Close up on the holding hands of a mother and her recovering child, lying in a hospital bed.
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At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of healthcare services. Even more, where you live in the world can have a dramatic impact on access to these services. Many families are forced to choose between healthcare and other life-giving necessities, like food or housing....
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Every year, a dozen organizations come together to focus on global standards collaboration in the area of information and communication technology. This year’s meeting, GSC-22, was held in Montreux, Switzerland, and among a broad range of topics, expert speakers brought special focus to discussions on...
Farmers gathering lettuces in a field in Conversano, Italy.
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Providing nutritious food for one in every nine people who are going hungry today means rethinking how we grow, share and consume food. With pressures such as climate change and a growing population, timing is everything. International Standards at the source of the food production chain will pave the...
Detail of the Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Today’s sophisticated and ever-changing technologies have made the world smaller and opened up new ways of communicating. The publication of a revised International Standard ensures that we are all “talking” the same language when it comes to date and time.
House of Representatives in session, confronting arguments for and against a bill.
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With a mandate to manage everything from transport to sewerage, to public lighting and civil protection, it’s no wonder citizens expect a lot from their local governments. Newly revised guidelines help them to improve their activities and align them with local needs and expectations, for healthier, happier...
Water fountain in a park in Shanghai, China
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By 2030, water scarcity will have displaced between 24 and 700 million people, according to UN Water, the United Nations coordinating body on water issues. World Water Day is focusing on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which means ensuring access to water and sanitation for all by 2030. What is...
Quality inspector speaks with a manager on the factory shop floor.
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Gone are the days when the workplace was built around a fairly straightforward structure, consisting of employer, employee, customer. The winds of technological change may be sweeping away traditional models, but ISO 27501 is helping managers build a more sustainable one for the future.
An assistant passing a surgical scissors to the surgeon, in an operating room.
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Whether you are being admitted to the hospital, getting medical treatment or simply doing your annual check-up, take a look at some of the specific ways ISO standards are changing healthcare for the better in the latest ISOfocus.
Labelled medical records stored in an open file cabinet.
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Here’s a nice problem to have: in many countries, patient care is becoming more complex because we’re generally living longer and surviving illnesses that would have at one time spelled the end. That means an increasing reliance on multiple specialists to treat our ailments, and the need to reliably...
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In our evermore complex, interconnected world, with health systems undergoing new challenges and stresses, risk management in the healthcare industry has never been more important. Three ISO standards play a significant role in matching clinical quality with patient safety and best practice, helping...