“Baby Heart Project”: The Italian Project for Accreditation and Quality Management in Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

Sonia B. Albanese, Lucio V. Zannini, Gianluigi Perri, Giancarlo Crupi, Bruno Turinetto, Giacomo Pongiglione

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Optimization of the relationship between the supply and the demand for medical services should ideally be taken into consideration for the planning within each national Health System. Although government national health organizations embrace this policy specifically, the contribution of expert committees (under the scientific societies’ guarantee in any specific medical field) should be advocated for their capability to collect and analyze the data reported by the various national institutions. In addition, these committees have the competence to analyze the need for the resources necessary to the operation of these centers. The field of pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery may represent a model of clinical governance of particular interest with regard to programming and to a definition of the quality standards that may be extended to highly specialized institutions and ideally to the entire Health System. The “Baby Heart Project,” which represents a model of governance and clinical quality in the field of pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, was born from the spontaneous aggregation of a committee of experts, supported by duly appointed Italian Scientific Societies and guided by a national agency for accreditation. The ultimate aim is to standardize both procedures and results for future planning within the national Health System.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1162-1173
Number of pages12
JournalPediatric Cardiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2014



  • Baby heart project
  • Health quality management
  • Italian scientific societies
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery
  • Pediatric cardiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)

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