Health leaders from around the world gather in Muscat for the 43rd World Hospital Congress

The 43rd IHF World Hospital Congress kicks off today at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre for four days of insightful discussions and knowledge exchange among health leaders from 59 countries, all gathered together to improve the way we deliver healthcare.
Hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman, the World Hospital Congress, under the umbrella of the International Hospital Federation (IHF), is a unique global forum that brings health leaders from across the globe together annually to share views and experiences, network and promote excellence in healthcare and hospital leadership.
“The Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman is delighted to host the 43rd World Hospital Congress and welcome delegates from different countries and cultures to Muscat”, said Dr Qasem Ahmed Al Salmi, Chair of the 2019 World Hospital Congress Organizing Committee.
“In the next four days we will hear accounts about resiliency, investments, and innovations; and understand better the interconnected roles of hospitals, patients, and communities in times of peace and crisis”, said IHF President, Dr Francisco Balestrin. “On 8 November, we will recognize hospitals and healthcare organizations from around the world for their outstanding and innovative programs to improve patient experience and outcomes during the 2019 IHF Awards Ceremony.”
Six keynote presentations will feature world-renowned speakers followed by insightful panel discussions. There are 130 speakers to offer fresh perspectives and strategies from their experiences, as well as examples of current innovations and digital transformations in healthcare from different regions in the world.
If you are interested in resilient health services, you can hear about the challenges of refugee crisis in Palestine from Dr. Akihiro Seita, Director of Health Programme of UNRWA. You can attend sessions covering terrorist attack situations, response and mitigation plans, and how to maintain quality in healthcare even in the most challenging of times,” offered Dr Balestrin.
Topics on health investment for prosperity are spread throughout the four days. Keynote presentations by Dr. Melinda Estes, President and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System in the USA, and Dr. Agnés Soucat, Director of Health Systems Governance and Financing at WHO Switzerland, will tackle the roles of hospitals, health systems and health services in driving prosperity and in support of population well-being. More sessions under this sub-theme will cover how local hospitals are reinventing themselves and rethinking their plans to improve population health.
“If you are keen about innovation for health impact, a keynote session with Sir Andrew Dillon CBE, Chief Executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, will discuss about the innovation pathway being an alignment between ambition and successful adoption of new health technologies. You can also listen to sessions sharing about the digital ecosystem of Catalonia, the Asian perspective of digital transformation pathway, as well as a presentation of Oman’s e-health achievements”, invited Dr Balestrin.
“This is a great opportunity to learn from each other and share ideas over these four days in the conversation on how we can make healthcare more responsive, supportive and prospective in times of peace and crisis,” commented Dr Al Salmi.