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WORLD INNOVATION SUMMIT FOR HEALTH PARTNERS WITH PHILIPS TO BOOST HEALTHCARE INNOVATION AND BEST PRACTICE IN QATAR

Partnership Focuses On Creating And Disseminating Innovative Solutions To Enhance Patient Experience

Doha, Qatar, 11 May 2015 – World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has partnered with Royal Philips, a diversified health and well-being company, to improve the lives of people through meaningful innovation.

As part of WISH’s continued efforts to inspire and diffuse healthcare innovation and best practice, the partnership supports the vision and mission of Qatar Foundation to drive innovation and serve to underscore Qatar’s pioneering role as an emerging centre for healthcare innovation.

Philips recently delivered two projects to leading healthcare providers in Qatar that focuses on improving all aspects of the patient and staff experience. Philips has a unique approach to rapid innovation that uses empathy-mapping and co-creation to ensure that the practical and emotional needs of patients and staff are at the heart of the health service and facility design.
Commenting on the association, Mr Egbert Schillings, CEO of WISH, said: “As a proud initiative of QF, WISH is committed to disseminating healthcare innovation and best practice through our community of like-minded leaders and policymakers, for the benefit of the Qatari population.
“Our on-going research programmes and partnerships with key healthcare providers are crucial in identifying the best ideas that are most relevant to the local community. By engaging with innovative healthcare experts like Philips, we can learn faster, share insights more widely and improve patient outcomes more dramatically – ultimately improving people’s lives both locally and globally.”
Through its partnership with WISH, Royal Philips has demonstrated its commitment to supporting Qatar’s National Vision 2030 of a prosperous, stable, educated, sustainable and healthy population.

Mr Reinier Schlatmann, General Manager at Philips Gulf Region, said: “Qatar is a key pillar to our regional strategy as a leading healthcare innovator across the GCC. We believe that global initiatives like WISH evoke discussions and disseminate best practices that will not only change but fuel the transformation of healthcare in the region. Our partnership with WISH is a good example of our deep commitment to working with the state of Qatar to improve the lives of its residents through the development of a world-class health system.”
The WISH – Philips partnership will focus on creating and disseminating innovative solutions to drive clinical performance and enhance the patient experience whilst delivering economic value.
For more information about WISH, please visit www.wish.org.qa

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Notes to Editors:
For more information please contact:
Noha El Afify
WISH Communications Manager
[email protected]

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.

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organisation 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, Father Amir of Qatar, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
QF carries out its mission through three strategic pillars: education, science and research, and community development. QF’s education pillar brings world-class universities to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. Meanwhile, its science and research pillar builds Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercialising solutions through key sciences. Finally, its community development pillar helps foster a progressive society while also 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 
For more information about Qatar Foundation please contact our press office at: [email protected]

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2014 sales of EUR 21.4 billion and employs approximately 108,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter. 

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