Background info

History of the IHF World Hospital Congress

The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) dates back to 1929, when it was first held in Atlantic City, USA as a biennial event. It is the unique global forum where multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences in health sector management and service delivery is facilitated. Leaders of key national and international hospital and healthcare organisations, drivers of healthcare policy, management, financial trends and solutions are gathered in this forum to engage in constructive dialogue on best practices in leadership in hospital and healthcare management and delivery of services. Even more importantly, IHF members have un-paralleled opportunities to showcase their accomplishments to peers and the rest of the global healthcare community. The event contributes to the enhancement and enrichment of knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals. The delegate make-up reflects the IHF membership which spans some 40 countries.


The 41st IHF World Hospital Congress, to be held in Taipei, Taiwan on 7-9 November 2017 will have Patient Friendly and Smarter Healthcare as theme. The Congress programme, is in the main, scientific in its objective and non-commercial in mission. However, opportunities for engagement by industry are offered through the exhibition and sponsorship programmes enabling them to receive visibility on a global platform to showcase their products, meet and network with peers, policy decision makers and professionals from the healthcare sector.


The IHF World Hospital Congress is that one-stop shop for the healthcare professional seeking the opportunity/environment in which to engage in a 360 degree learning and knowledge-sharing experience among peers.


IHF President


IHF Chief Executive Officer