Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Corporate Quality and Patient Safety Department (CQPS) partnered the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) to hold the first Qatar Summit for Healthcare Risk Management.
The summit, believed to be the first of its kind in the region, was attended by over 400 healthcare professionals and featured tools and techniques designed to identify and evaluate the healthcare risk factors that directly affect patient safety and the quality of care delivered.
The two-day event, which took place earlier this month, featured an opening address from HE Sheikh Bandar bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani, president of the State Audit Bureau, and ASHRM president Denise Shope.
More than 400 healthcare professionals attended QSHRM
Dr Moza A Latif al-Ishaq, executive director, Clinical Transformation, Corporate Quality and Patient Safety and Chairman, QSHRM, said the main goal of the summit was to highlight risk-reducing innovations in healthcare, improve patient safety and create value for hospitals and healthcare organisations.
She said the gathering was intended to focus attention on the critical issues surrounding healthcare risk management.
“At HMC, we have taken many bold steps on our patient safety journey. As we build and nurture our patient safety initiatives, we need to encourage all our staff to embrace change and to be a catalyst for improvements in our system. In particular, change concerning our service delivery, with an emphasis on minimising the risk of patient safety incidents and striving toward a ‘zero harm’ tolerance level,” said Dr al-Ishaq.
Healthcare risk management involves the identification and evaluation of risks as a means to reduce injury to patients, staff and visitors.
It is designed to proactively or reactively prevent patient safety risks or to minimise damage following an event.
Dr al-Ishaq said risk management is important because it relates to human lives and how safe people are when they use healthcare facilities.
She said developing and improving the skills of staff not only ensures HMC is equipped to provide the safest, most effective and most compassionate care to patients, but also honours the trust patients and their families place in HMC every day.
“This remarkable summit is an opportune time for everyone involved in patient safety and risk management to discuss, learn, and share. This summit is part of our continuing efforts to educate and encourage staff to participate in making our organisation safer and healthier,” said Dr al-Ishaq.
Shope said her organisation was pleased to partner with HMC, noting the event marked the first international collaboration for the US-based healthcare group.
“One of ASHRM’s core values is collaboration and we are pleased to participate in the inaugural QSHRM conference. We hope that this initial journey will help to support the practice of healthcare risk management in Qatar and the building of a strong relationship between our organisations that will continue for many years to come,” added Shope.