Doha, Qatar, 15 October 2015: The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), will showcase its research and development programmes at the fifth International Congress on Patient Safety to be held in Bangalore, India.
Taking place on October 16 to 17, the annual conference places patient safety at the top of its agenda, a key focus area for WISH as it works towards realising QF’s vision of fostering human potential, placing Qatar at the frontline of productive change in the region and becoming a healthcare role model for the broader international community.
WISH will participate in the Congress by facilitating a breakout session focusing on ‘The Sector-wide Importance of Patient Safety’. At the three-hour session, WISH will highlight its work from the past year and will provide an overview of the WISH report ‘Transforming Patient Safety: A Sector-Wide Systems Approach’.
WISH will also showcase its one-year programme entitled Leading Health Systems Network- (LHSN), which convenes health systems from five continents on patient safety to share insights and compare performance on patient safety. Resident expertise at Sidra Medical and Research Center (SMRC) will also be highlighted by Dr Timothy McDonald, Inaugural Chair of Anesthesiology and Medical Director of Quality and Safety at SMRC, who is building a world-class patient safety system. WISH was invited to play a key role in the Congress by Apollo Hospitals, India’s largest private hospital chain and an active member of LHSN. Egbert Schillings, WISH CEO, said: “Through WISH, QF has created an unparalleled network of global and local patient safety experts and we are proud to share this expertise both abroad and at home. Being asked by Apollo to bring our research and experts to their distinguished Patient Safety Congress is testament to the success of our work.”
“We are also delighted to be given the opportunity to present Sidra’s continued efforts in being a model of patient safety design and culture. Delegates will see just how dynamic and innovative the health care system is in Qatar, and its commitment to delivering safe and high quality care,” he added.
Speaking about his participation at the Congress, Dr Timothy McDonald said: “I am honored to be supported by WISH and for being invited to speak at the Congress to highlight our health systems research outcomes related to patient, family and provider engagement. As one of the architects of the ‘Communication and Optimal Resolution’ [CANDOR] project, which is funded by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I look forward to discussing and sharing many of these proven best practice tools with the assistance of WISH.”
WISH is also set to launch the CareReport app for patient safety incident reporting. The app is designed to limit the barriers to staff-reported events and provide a frugal reporting platform in resource-poor environments. The app has been developed from its prototype stage into a fully functional app, and WISH will display it at the Congress with an aim to launch it for use across selected wards in Apollo Hospitals. The International Congress on Patient Safety is a collaborative effort by all stakeholders to share their experiences in patient safety and contribute with their knowledge, innovations and best practices.
The conference is attended by influential delegates from around the world, including health system executives, clinical leaders, policy makers, NGOs and patient representatives. Among the delegates will be Dr Mike Durkin, the National Director of Patient Safety at National Health Service (NHS) England, who will provide insight into how the NHS approaches patient safety across the UK’s vast health system.
About the World Innovation Summit for Health:
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices. WISH is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, its Chairperson.
The inaugural WISH Summit took place in Doha in 2013 and convened more than 1,000 global healthcare leaders.
Through international summits and a range of ongoing initiatives, WISH is creating a global community of leading innovators in healthcare policy, research and industry.
Together, they are harnessing the power of innovation to overcome the world’s most urgent healthcare challenges and inspire other stakeholders to action.
About Apollo Hospitals
Apollo Hospitals is a chain of hospitals started in 1893 based in India. They have hospitals in nine countries around the world, and in India have been some of the first hospitals in the nation to receive international healthcare accreditation by America-based Joint Commission International.
The International Congress on Patient Safety addresses patient safety and is a collaborative effort by all stakeholders to share their experiences in patient safety and contribute with their knowledge, innovations and best practices. http://www.patientsafety.co.in/.
About Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
QF’s work encompasses education, research and community development. World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. At the same time, QF builds Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qa