In the complex healthcare environment, the terms “Credentialing” and “Privilege” are important elements to ensure the competency and qualifications of healthcare professionals. Although these terms are often used interchangeably, they play different roles in healthcare settings, and each contributes uniquely to the quality and safety of patient care.

Credentialing: The process of reviewing and evaluating the qualifications, education, training, licensure, and professional background of healthcare professionals to ensure that they meet the standards necessary to practice at a particular healthcare network.

Privilege:  The granting of certain clinical privileges or authorization to healthcare professionals to perform certain medical procedures or services within a healthcare facility based on demonstrated competency, skills, or experience in a particular field.


Purpose: Credentialing provides a comprehensive assessment of the qualifications and suitability of healthcare professionals working in a particular healthcare network.

Scope: This includes a thorough review of factors such as educational background, professional qualifications, certifications, work experience, and references.

Components: Credentialing is a comprehensive evaluation that considers a person’s overall qualifications and whether they meet the rigorous standards required to practice medicine.

Ongoing: Credentialing is not a one-time event but an ongoing process that allows healthcare professionals to maintain their credentials throughout their careers.

Quality Assurance: Credentialing serves as a quality assurance mechanism, ensuring that healthcare professionals have the skills and training necessary to provide competent and safe patient care.

Legal Compliance: Credentialing goes hand-in-hand with regulatory compliance and ensures that medical professionals have the valid licenses and certifications necessary to practice in a particular jurisdiction.


Purpose: In contrast, privilege focuses on specific powers granted to healthcare professionals to perform specific clinical activities or procedures within a healthcare facility, such as a hospital or ambulatory surgical center.

Scope: The privilege process narrows the field of view and conducts a targeted assessment of a physician’s clinical competency and skills in relation to a particular medical procedure or service.

Components: Factors considered in granting privileges include clinical training, work experience, demonstrated proficiency in specific procedures, and the facility’s commitment to protocol compliance.

Ongoing: Similar to credentialing, privilege is an ongoing process in which medical professionals must continually demonstrate competency in specific steps to maintain privileges.

Risk Mitigation: By specifically validating the skills of medical professionals, privilege serves as a risk mitigation strategy, minimizing the likelihood of errors or complications occurring during certain medical procedures.

Alignment with Institutional Protocols: The privilege process emphasizes the importance of healthcare professionals adhering to facility protocols and promoting uniformity and consistency in patient care practices.


While credentialing establishes a medical professional’s broad qualifications, privileging essentially refines this assessment and focuses on clinical skills. Seamless integration of both processes ensures healthcare facilities have competent and qualified professionals and maintains patient care and safety standards.

Partnering with Globe Centrix streamlines and accelerates the credential process for providers and clinics. Using cutting-edge technology and a thorough approach, Globe Centrix ensures efficient audits, compliance, and continuous updates. By choosing Globe Centrix, healthcare organizations have a seamless solution to navigate the complex credentialing landscape and focus on what matters most: delivering quality patient care.