The launch took place at the Eastern Mangroves Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and featured key notes, open discussions, and debates with some of the region’s most proactive patient safety practitioners that included: Dr. Sedra Al Mansouri, Acting Director Health System Compliance for HAAD and Prof. Tawfik Khoja, Director General Executive Board for the Health Ministers Council for Corporation Council.
During the launch event, Prof. Khoja presented the GCC Health Ministers Council for Corporation Council’s strategy and patient safety initiatives and Dr. Al Mansouri presented listings of HAAD initiatives that will contribute to improving patient safety in the region.
The Congress will take place at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 24 – 27 March 2013 and is organised in partnership with the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), and supported by the Health Ministers Council for Corporation Council and the Saudi Quality Council – Healthcare Group.
The three-day Patient Safety & Quality Congress Middle East will explore specific strategies and execution techniques the region can utilise to cultivate a patient safety culture through proactive practice and integration.
According to a recent report by Frost & Sullivan, healthcare spending in the GCC in 2011 was estimated to be $46.12bn and is expected to reach $133.19bn in 2018.
Furthermore, in a Gallup survey of more than 4,000 GCC nations, 41% of Emiratis said they were happy to be treated in the UAE, 39% said they would rather go abroad and the remaining 20% had no preference.
Giles Cunnings, Divisional Director of i2i Events, said: “Abu Dhabi is the ideal place to hold the Patient Safety & Quality Congress Middle East 2013 as it has a stellar medical sector. The UAE is ranked number one globally in the number of Joint Commission International accredited facilities. This nation as a result of raising healthcare standards is both motivating and helping fellow GCC countries to upgrade their medical infrastructure to cater to millions of patients per year.”
The Congress will provide a comprehensive analysis on the entire medical sectors with discussions, presentations and case studies on strategies that will highlight and facilitate the importance of proactive healthcare. It will provide the realities of implementing quality standards and advancing excellence in healthcare services along with the latest technologies to mitigate the affects of infections and diseases.
Furthermore, distinguished speakers will present the case on the long-term benefits, practicalities and reasons to implement World Health Organisation (WHO) initiatives in the Middle East.
Frost & Sullivan also reported that the surge in medical tourism in this region and the escalating disease burden will create a need for 90,690 hospital beds by 2018.
The increase in number of beds could increase the potential for hospital-acquired infections, a topic which the Patient Safety & Quality Congress has dedicated a full day to.
The Infection Control Middle East day held on 27 March, 2013 will focus on a variety of topics that will include: international guidelines on infection control and their impact in the Middle East, healthcare workers immunization, engineering controls for prevention of hospital associated infections and more.
Speakers confirmed to participate at the Patient Safety & Quality Congress include: Dr. Edward Kelley, Head, Strategic Programmes and Coordinator, Patient Safety Programme for WHO, Switzerland; Paula Wilson, President of Joint Commission International, UAE; Dr. Nashat Nafouri, Head of Quality Health Care Interest Group, Saudi Quality Council, KSA; and more.
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