HMC launches expo, contest to showcase safety achievements

January 30, 2014 - 3:11:59 am
DOHA: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has announced the launch of a regional storyboard exhibition and competition to showcase achievements in quality and patient safety in the region. 

The initiative will feature as part of the second Middle East Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare in April in Doha.

The forum, ‘Empowering Patient Care Improvement,’ is the result of HMC’s collaboration with Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a leading innovator in healthcare improvement worldwide. 

The leading healthcare quality improvement conference will feature IHI faculty and methodology, a quality improvement storyboard competition and exhibition to showcase improvement journeys of regional organisations by demonstrating approaches, results, challenges and lessons learned.

“We believe that there is a huge benefit in sharing culturally unique healthcare experiences in the Middle East. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise in quality and patient safety initiatives developed to suit local requirements and we are excited to be able to provide a platform to showcase some of the best and most innovative ideas at our forum,” said Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, Deputy Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs, Medical Education. 

Nearly 3,000 healthcare professionals from around the Middle East will share international best practice in healthcare quality improvement. Practising physicians, nurses, quality leaders, healthcare administrators, executives, patient and family advisers, and students training to be health professionals will gain new insights into how the science of improvement can empower them to deliver patient care improvements.

“The forum is all about learning what tools and methodologies have delivered results in other organisations. Participants will enter into dialogues with international experts to discuss how best these tools can be adapted to local requirements to deliver healthcare transformations that are right for local populations,” said Professor Michael Richmond, Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs. “Over 30 plenary sessions, workshops and lectures will provide a rich platform for inter-professional and multi-disciplinary knowledge exchange.” 

Maureen Bisognano, IHI President and CEO, will be among six keynote speakers. They  will enable participants to learn how to determine and achieve patient safety goals, co-design improvement and transformation with patients and families, cultivate quality improvement leaders and harness the best ideas.

Gary Needle, HMC Chief of Planning and Performance and Co-Chairperson of the ME Forum Planning Group, said: “The valuable education delivered at the forum not only supports the proposition of Qatar’s burgeoning academic health system, but will inspire and empower any healthcare professional to deliver better patient care solutions based on applied, evidence-based practices.”

Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals will earn continuing healthcare education points. Storyboard proposal submissions need to be received online at http://ihime2014.hamad.qa before February 28, for evaluation. The Peninsula
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