The first Middle East Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare in Qatar, to be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) from 17 to 19 May 2013, is a result of a wider collaboration and strategic alliance between Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the internationally renowned Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI). This first-of-its-kind event in the Middle East will provide easier access to the IHI’s methodology and expertise to many healthcare professionals living and working in Qatar and the Arab world.
“HMC’s collaboration with the IHI will enable our staff and other Forum delegates to tap into the rich resources available through expert training sessions,” said Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Deputy Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs for Medical Education. “These will play a focal role in supporting HMC’s drive for excellence in healthcare service and quality and patients’ safety as outlined in Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and will serve the specific pillar of maintaining a comprehensive world-class healthcare system for the country’s growing population.”
A series of workshops (described by the IHI as Learning Labs), lectures and keynote speeches will give delegates practical tools designed to support efforts to raise the healthcare standards in their own health organization. Attendees will learn how best to develop and enhance a culture of safety and innovation in their organization. Topics include learning about transforming care at the bedside, reducing avoidable hospital readmissions, identifying areas for improvements in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) care, and measuring data for improvement.
Additional topics that are highly relevant to this region include fighting the obesity epidemic and diabetes care, in addition to several other important topics.
“The international best practice in healthcare shared at the Forum will help HMC to further promote the delivery of safe, effective, evidence-based care” said Professor Michael Richmond, Acting Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs at HMC. “Sharing such knowledge and expertise with other healthcare professionals will support the continued delivery of compassionate, high quality care to meet the needs of our patients and their families.”
Healthcare professionals who complete the registration formalities before 30 April 2013 will benefit from reduced fees.
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