The Quality Medicine Initiative (QMI) was founded in 2008 in order to promote further improvements in medicine through innovation and efficient procedures and thereby set new standards in quality. Over 250 hospitals in Germany and Switzerland are now participating in the initiative and voluntarily surpassing the existing statutory requirements relating to quality assurance.

QMI is founded on three principles: Measure quality on the basis of routine data, publish the results to promote transparency and improve quality with a peer review procedure.

In Switzerland, quality measurement using routine data is based on the Swiss Inpatient Quality Indicators (CH­-IQI). The current version of the CH-­IQI includes 184 performance indicators for results, data sets and processes on 48 clinical pictures and treatment forms.