The IHF 39th World Hospital Congress

The IHF 39th World Hospital Congress was held 6-8 October 2015 at the Hyatt Regency, in Chicago, USA. The IHF Congress presents a unique and important opportunity for top healthcare leaders from around the world to share ideas and solutions for transforming care delivery. The Congress was hosted by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives, the theme of which was Advancing Global Health and Healthcare. Some 700 participants representing more than 40 countries attended the event.
The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director, Pan American Health Organization and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization. Other plenary speakers included Dr. Claudio Luiz Lottenberg, President, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (Brazil), Liisa-Maria Voipio- Pulkki, Director, Health Care Group, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (Finland); Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente (USA) and Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (USA).
The scientific programme was further enriched with poster sessions and concurrent sessions hosted by IHF national member organizations from countries such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Norway, etc. There were also special interest sessions hosted by the international Finance Corporation, the World Health Organization and others.

The topics addressed included:

  • Equity and Access to Care
  • Quality and Safety
  • Patient/Community Engagement and Empowerment
  • Healthcare Management and Leadership Opportunities and Challenges
  • Innovation in Healthcare Delivery
  • Ethics

Congress attendees had the opportunity to visit four of Chicago