DOHA: Healthcare professionals at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will be able to study at the unique Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School as part of the organisation’s commitment to continuous improvement and the delivery of quality patient care.
Launched in September 2008, the IHI Open School provides students of medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, health administration, dentistry, and other allied health professions the opportunity to learn about quality improvement and patient safety.
The unprecedented learning opportunity comes at the conclusion of the Middle East Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare in Doha at the weekend.
The event was organised by HMC and IHI. Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Managing Director of HMC, said IHI was recognised as one of the international leaders in healthcare improvement and innovation and collaboration between the two organisations would bring real benefits to patients.
“Their passionate belief that everyone should receive the best care fuels their mission to improve health and healthcare,” said Dr Al Kuwari.
“HMC staff will be given free access to IHI’s Open School — an excellent online resource which will continue our learning opportunities long after the Forum. The sessions held over the three days of the Forum and the Open School will provide us with many great ideas. Staff should feel empowered to improve patient care and to use what we’ve learned here for the immediate benefit of our patients,” she added.
The Open School was launched in 2008 with the objective of promoting quality improvement and safety. More than 110,000 individuals have completed at least one course and more than 16,000 individuals have completed the basic certificate course. Currently the Open School has more than 135,000 students.
Kedar Mate, a member of the IHI faculty and assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in the United States, said: “The Open School is our way of continuing learning. It provides an opportunity for a deeper understanding of what was covered during the sessions. This school encourages practice, or the implementation, of what has been gleaned during the sessions. The sessions are designed to change the way organisations think about the science of improvement, and the school provides the tools to implement this new thinking.”
“This conference forms the base of understanding, the building of a common baseline of knowledge. The Open School is part of our plan to build a culture that understands the importance of safety and quality improvement; together we are growing real expertise that will lead HMC into a bold new future.”