Press release – November 15th, 2017


The 41st World Hospital Congress closes after two and half days of meetings and social events around the topic “Patient-friendly & Smarter healthcare”.


TAIPEI, November 15, 2017 – The scientific program of the 41st World Hospital Congress (WHC) ended last November 9, 2017 after the closing ceremony which also introduced the 42nd WHC that will take place in Brisbane, in 2018.


The 41st WHC was marked by the award ceremony at which the four winners for the four different categories were announced and called to present their project. The winner of the IHF/EOH HEALTH Excellence Award for Leadership and Management in Healthcare went to Department of health-Edendale Hospital-Pietermaritzburg – Department of Internal Medicine (South Africa), for their project: “Introducing a Multifaceted Approach to Improving Regional Diabetes Care”, presented by Dr Somasundram Pillay.
The winner of the IHF Excellence Award for Quality & Safety and Patient-centered Care went to Norwegian Patient Safety Programme for their project: “Reforming the Norwegian Healthcare System through the Norwegian Patient Safety Programme”, presented by Anne-Grete Skjellanger, Director of the Norwegian Patient Safety Programme.
The winner of the IHF/BIONEXO Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility went to Narayana Health (India) for their project: “Maternal Obstetric Monitoring (MOM) program, Shorapur”, presented by Dr Anupama Shetty, Deputy Director of Narayana Health.
And the winner of the IHF/ Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award went to University Hospitals of Geneva (Switzerland) for their project: “InfoKids: a transversal and longitudinal solution enhancing patients and caregivers experience in emergency departments by disrupting the care process paradigm”, presented by Alain Gervaix, vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine for humanitarian and international affairs at the University of Geneva.


There was also the Poster Award which was given to Marianne Wallis, from the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia) for her project: “Streamlining acute care of the elderly in residential aged care facilities and the emergency department: the CEDRiC project”


“Sharing knowledge and experiences in healthcare from around the world is an essential function of International Hospital Federation. During the annual World Hospital Congress, IHF International Awards are given to recognize and promote excellence in innovative practices” said Dr Kwang-Tae Kim.

The congress is also taken as an opportunity for the International Hospital Federation to host its institutional meetings at which the members take decisions on the strategy of the federation and the project they will be working on.


Three resolutions were adopted during the General Assembly on fighting against violence in health services, on outcome measurement in health services and on wasteful spending in health services.
The idea behind the first resolution is to raise up the issue of violence, to compile what is done around the world and maybe make indicators at the national level. The second resolution was presented as a research work with both academia and the IHF Healthcare Management Special Interest Group. The CEO of the IHF said that the third resolution is here to see how the concern of wasteful expenditures is tackled in the different countries.


The International Hospital Federation sought to gather heads of national and regional organizations for them to exchange their experiences on two topics: how to better contain threats on IT systems in hospitals and on the current reforms in their respective countries. The objective of this latter is to provide to each an overview of what is happening abroad and to reflect on possible stronger exchange of ideas, tools and approaches if beyond national specific agenda common ground can be found. The purpose of the first discussion is to share facts and to decide if IHF should play a stronger role in supporting a more in-depth exchange of practices.


The remaining participants can still attend one of the three hospital visits at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital and the Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital together with the Advantech IoT Campus.



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Press release – November 7th, 2017


The 41st World Hospital Congress opens with 850 delegates from 48 countries
The International Hospital Federation and Taiwan Hospital Association bring together healthcare professionals from all over the globe at the 41st World Hospital Congress in Taipei.


TAIPEI, November 7, 2017 – The 41st World Hospital Congress (WHC) opens today and will run until November 9, Thursday, at the Taipei International Convention Centre. The congress will tackle the theme “Patient-friendly & Smarter Healthcare”. 850 healthcare leaders and professionals from various national healthcare organizations and hospitals are attending the congress to present case studies, discuss implementation of new technologies and policies.
The opening ceremony marked the official beginning of the congress followed by the first plenary session. Republic of China (Taiwan) Vice-President Chien-Jen Chen welcomed all the delegates to Taipei during the opening ceremony. Other officials who spoke at the ceremony were Taiwan Minister of Health and Welfare Mr. Shih-Chung Chen, Taiwan Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. François, Chih-Chung Wu, Kingdom of Swaziland Ministry of Health Under Secretary Mr. Simon Kunene, and Dominican Republic Deputy Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance Mr. Francisco Neftalí Vásquez Bautista.
Dr. San-Cheng Chang, President of the Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry, gave a keynote presentation on the topic “The new era of health industry driven by intelligent technology and big data” right after the opening ceremony.


The attendees of the congress come from 48 different countries and belong to healthcare organizations, hospitals and companies. They will take part in parallel sessions on ten different topics and interact with their peers at social events during the three days. The participants will also be able to meet the 189 poster presenters who will present case studies from their organizations. The parallel sessions are hosted by countries, members of the International Hospital Federation, which serves as an opportunity to share their industry experiences.
The Taiwan Hospital Association, Infection Control Society of Taiwan, Joint Commission of Taiwan, Taiwan Nursing Association and Taiwan Medical Association will all be hosting sessions throughout the congress. The Taiwan Hospital Association hosted a session this morning about a smart and patient-friendly healthcare policy in Taiwan.


The World Hospital Congress is also an opportunity to gather the decision-making members of the federation in two governing council meetings and a general assembly. This congress will be marked by the discussion of the strategy of the IHF for the next coming years.


“The annual World Hospital Congress of IHF is a very important event, where professionals from all over the world have the possibility to meet, network, learn from each other and to exchange knowledge within healthcare in general and especially how to increase the level of performing the services to the best for the patients and their families,” said Dr. Erik K. Normann, President of IHF and the Norwegian Hospital and Health Service Association.


“Coming to the World Hospital Congress from Brazil, every year we discover that we have much to learn, but we are also proud to have insights to share with the rest of the world. The Congress is a cornerstone for knowledge and best practices in the healthcare sector,” added Dr. Francisco Balestrin, President Designate of IHF and President of the National Association of Private Hospitals in Brazil.


International Hospital Federation
Founded in 1929, the International Hospital Federation (IHF) is the worldwide forum and knowledge hub for hospitals, national hospital associations and healthcare organizations that offers policy guidance and facilitates the exchange of strategic information and experience in health sector management. As a membership organization of national bodies representing healthcare service delivery from around the world, the IHF is recognized in the international arena as the voice of the global healthcare community. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the primary goal of IHF is to improve the health of society by helping worldwide hospitals to enhance the performance of the services they deliver to the population. For doing this the IHF establish partnerships with international health organizations, create events, participate in projects and publish papers and a journal.


Taiwan Hospital Association
Taiwan Hospital Association (THA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals in Taiwan. Its primary goals are to upgrade medical care and health care service quality, promote public welfare, and coordinate hospital activities. Since its foundation in 1968, THA now has close to 300 hospital members with 1,200 hospital managers as representatives.


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Press release – September 6th, 2017


The 6th of September 2017, a press conference was held in Geneva with the International Hospital Federation (IHF) and the Taiwan Hospital Association (THA).


Dr. Eric de Roodenbeke (CEO, IHF) and Dr. Nina Kao (International Cooperation Department Consultat, THA) presented the highlights of the 41st World Hospital Congress held in Taipei, Taiwan, in November 2017.


After having introduced their respective organizations both speakers shared their expectations and the objectives of this congress.


Dr. de Roodenbeke gave an overview of the content of the event under three major aspects. First the congress allows the IHF members to share knowledge. For example on the topic about health systems, each country has its specificity related to historial factors but there are commonalities in facing the challenges.

Then, the members organize the sessions to present the topics of importance for them. The challenges that the systems have faced until today regarding the combination of ageing population and multi-chronic conditions is the example that was mentioned during the press conference. The health systems are organized for particular diseases but changes are coming as ageing population and multi-chronic conditions implies care at home and end of life care.

Another topic of importance is about management and leadership on the core competency directory and the development of the healthcare management and leadership competency platform. The IHF is working on the implementation of this platform and seeks to push education further.

The countries that are presenting will give an overview of the advances and how the challenges are tackled, how technologies can serve the goal.

The IHF will get the healthcare leaders to share on key elements like cyber security, which is growing issue in healthcare organizations which wouldn’t have expected to be victims of cyber attacks.

Finally the General Assembly of the IHF will adopt three resolutions on violence in hospitals, tackling waste in all domains and the importance of outcome measurements.


Dr. Nina Kao talked about the second stage of health insurance in Taiwan which is about doing more prevention to find diseases at an earlier stage. She also introduced the cloud system which purpose is to reduce the waste of medicine. The THA invited IT companies to showcase new technologies. Hospital visits will also be organized.


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