*Leading regional healthcare conference on quality and patient safety opens online registration for 7th year

The next Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, themed ‘Patient Safety First’, will be held from March 22-24, 2019, in Doha, the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) announced.
This will be the seventh year in a row that the premier quality improvement conference for healthcare professionals in the Arab world is being held in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
IHI is an independent not-for-profit organisation working with healthcare professionals and healthcare systems to promote quality and patient safety enhancement efforts using the latest and best models for improvement.
The HMC noted that the annual forum has become a widely recognised and highly sought after platform for healthcare improvement learning and knowledge exchange, with the active participation of renowned improvement science experts from around the world.
“While healthcare organisations across the globe have made great strides in gaining a better understanding of the science of improvement, including patient safety enhancements, there is still a significant amount of work that healthcare professionals and healthcare systems must do to develop measurable and sustainable highly safe clinical care environments at both inpatient and outpatient levels,” Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, deputy chief medical officer and a co-chair of the forum, said.
“With this forum, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the importance of focusing on patient safety and acknowledging that despite good intentions, patient harm can occur as we try to deliver care,” he added.
“The forum will cover key areas such as patient safety; quality improvement; population health; workplace effectiveness; and value, and flow and access,” Dr al-Khal said.
Under each of the five areas, a series of sessions and tracks addressing their different aspects will take place.
The forum provides doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, and students with a unique opportunity to learn and collaborate on a large scale.
More than 50 lectures and workshop sessions will be delivered by local and leading international experts with many years of experience in applying the model for improvement.
The forum will include plenaries by renowned quality and safety experts addressing the latest innovations in the field.
Organisers said those who have attended previous forums and those who are attending for the first time will find the conference very interesting and engaging.
“The educational conference is now in its seventh year and each year we build upon the strengths and successes from previous years,” said deputy chief quality officer Nasser al-Naimi, who is also the director of Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute, and the Middle East forum co-chair.
“This forum is designed to support the strategic outlook on healthcare in both Qatar and the region with the aim of helping to build an integrated healthcare system that improves and sustains the well-being of current and future generations,” he noted. “We look forward to an exciting and dynamic conference which will be even more successful with the active engagement of all participants.”
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