Posted on March 15, 2018

The largest conference dedicated to healthcare quality improvement and patient safety in the Arab world is about to open its doors to over 2,500 local and international healthcare professionals.

Organizers have announced that the 6th Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, being held from 23 to 25 March at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in Doha, will feature an expanded ‘Knowledge Zone’ exhibition section with strategic healthcare partners showcasing their contribution to quality improvement and patient safety.

This year’s primary partners for the ‘Knowledge Zone’, the Forum’s unique exhibition space, include the Ministry of Public Health, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), Sidra Medicine, the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Qatar University, and Cerner. Qatar Armed Forces and the Ministry of Interior will also be in attendance and will feature special mobile healthcare services. Additionally, Cerner, a global leader in healthcare technology and the provider of the electronic health records platform used across Qatar, will participate in the launch of a joint project with PHCC and HMC that demonstrates patient-centered care.

Other stands confirmed for this year’s ‘Knowledge Zone’ will feature  the latest advancements from some of HMC’s specialized centers, including the ITQAN Clinical Simulation and Innovation Center, Qatar Organ Donation Center (HIBA), the Tobacco Control Center, and Hamad International Training Center. Additionally, the Ambulance Service will stage live demonstrations in a specially designed presentation area, which will also feature select poster presentations. HMC's Acting Chief Medical Officer and Middle East Forum Co-Chair, Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, explained how this year’s Forum theme ‘Building a Culture of Safety’ fits perfectly within the ‘Knowledge Zone’. “We are delighted to have so many strategic partners from different sectors participating in the Forum this year. Every one of them makes an important contribution to patient safety, and they represent how collectively each helps raise the standards of patient care in Qatar,” said Dr. Al Ansari.

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Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute (HHQI) will present its revised mandate of being a catalyst for change through targeted training and development opportunities that promote capacity and capability in quality improvement. Dr. Ron Wyatt, Chief Quality Officer at HMC and Medical Director of HHQI explained how the Forum will highlight recent quality improvement efforts. “I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to show the renewed focus of HHQI, which is to be a national learning partner that helps drive quality improvement expertise in Qatar. An important program that supports this national capability drive is the National Patient Safety Collaborative, which will be formally presented in one of the learning sessions,” said. Dr. Wyatt.

HMC’s exhibition stand will showcase one of this year’s key Forum topics, ‘Joy at Work’ and will engage with stand visitors to demonstrate the importance of the concept, not only to the individual but also to the organization and ultimately patients. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will once again demonstrate its full set of Open School online courses, which are free to all full-time students.

Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at HMC and Middle East Forum Co-Chair highlighted the value of combining different modes of education to promote a shared understanding of the goals for patient safety across Qatar. “This Forum is an important learning event where delegates can earn the continuing professional development credit hours needed to qualify for relicensing in Qatar. Equally important is the informal opportunity it presents for delegates to learn from and share knowledge with their peers. The Knowledge Zone in particular provides a valuable opportunity to be inspired, share experiences, and connect with other like-minded professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of their patients and their own professional working practices,” said Dr. Al Khal.

The Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare provides an ideal setting for continuing professional development (CPD) and delegates can earn up to 19 CPD hours. Two additional bonus hours are available for a limited number of delegates attending two lunch and learn workshops.