IHF World Hospital Congress | Call for Abstracts
The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) is a unique global forum that brings together leaders of national and international hospital and healthcare organizations to discuss key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions in healthcare management and service delivery.
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Call for Abstracts

44th World Hospital Congress Call for Abstracts

The 44th World Hospital Congress has been postponed to November 2021


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the globe, after careful deliberation, the International Hospital Federation and Unió Catalana d’Hospitals have made the decision to postpone the 44th World Hospital Congress to 8-11 November 2021. You can read the official announcement here.


We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this and sincerely appreciate your kind understanding and continued support.


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The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) is a unique global forum that brings together leaders of hospitals, health services, and healthcare organizations to discuss key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions. Through this forum multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences are facilitated, together with dialogue on best practices in leadership, management and service delivery aimed at improving the overall health and wellness of our patients and communities.


The 44th World Hospital Congress is being hosted by La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals (La Unió) on 2-5 November 2020 with the overarching theme “People on board, transforming healthcare. Future is now” with the following sub-themes:

SUB-THEME 1. Digital and technology driven transformations

1.1 Artificial Intelligence for smart health and care.

We are looking for projects or experiences that show a real impact on precision medicine and management, which demonstrates that we can find out and solve the true problems of and for people. Projects that help us plan, evaluate and figure out the best way to allocate resources. Experiences that show how AI helps when it comes to decision-making and sharing knowledge. We are also interested in projects that address the ethical aspects of AI. In 2025, 80% of people interactions will be AI driven. Share how AI and big data is helping us change health and care to serve people better.


1.2 Big accurate data: how it helps us.

A great deal of healthcare outcomes depends on our ability to retrieve and share patients data. Ninety percent (90%) of world data has been created in the last 2 years: power of data is huge. People data, data stream and the knowledge we get from it must be addressed to people’s needs, even before they know it. We would like to know projects that show the power of data and the knowledge we can get out of its management:  Big Data for planning, evaluating, and delivering better health and care. Can digital transformation and high performance computing help personalized medicine for a better patients outcome?


1.3 How is digital health transforming the way health systems are run and healthcare is delivered.

We need new ways of delivering health and care services. How does digital technology help us in changing services? Does changing needs found in digital technology better solutions? De-location of services: my caregiver is not beside me, but is with me. mHealth, eHealth, IoT for smart health and care. Cultural change: does technology go faster than values? How to share the digital health strategy to improve healthcare systems. We want to share insights in this field. Role of modernized technological innovations in improving quality of care.


1.4 Glocalization: new actors, new rules, global healthcare invaders in the local healthcare set

New actors, new rules: GAFA. Do they play a role in the healthcare market? How they influence health care innovation?  How do not healthcare players  influence at the local health and care set? Do they have any influence in forcing the model change? Advantages of this competition, opportunities they bring in transforming the healthcare services delivery. We want to know projects to be able to share those insights.

SUB-THEME 2. Towards an integrated concept of health and care services model: value driven transformations

2.1. Enabling the flexibility of organizations to adapt quickly to changes, addressing accelerated innovation adoption.

We want to share best practices and experiences on which tools help us provide flexibility to healthcare organizations. Do tools like innovative public procurement help? We would like to share experiences on how governance has to change to push transformation. Which tools are best for addressing effective transformations: management, communication, financing and reimbursement models, innovation in public health policies to support transformation of healthcare systems? Public and private partnership roles in adding value to healthcare.


2.2. Key results that really matter: patients outcomes as the driver for better healthcare.

Transforming also means measuring differently. What is measured, changes. Are PROMs&PREMs (patients reported outcomes measures & patient reported experiences measure) and new ways of measuring outcomes, key in promoting change? Share new ways to measure results. Explain how value-based healthcare payment systems can help in relation to the different healthcare models. Standardizing versus customizing (all-omics and individualized care): predictive medicine and impact on the healthcare model. What challenges do you face and how have you addressed them? Right care, right health. Do you have projects that show the impact of the adoption of advanced treatment techniques, devices, drugs, precision medicine etc. on health outcomes (results)?


2.3. Health and care sustainability supported by applied research and innovation adoption.

Explain new ways of enhancing applicability of research and innovation, for better health, for better care. Sustainability encompasses economic, health, social and environmental dimensions, guarantying good results though time. Show us the unforeseen benefit of investing in research. Have you ever experienced how disruptive innovation impacts on better results, with people-needs driven innovation and or with success? Share your challenges, difficulties, and help the healthcare community improve.


2.4. Global Healthcare, global mobility, global access: towards a liquid borderless healthcare system.

Breaking the walls, hospital is a concept not a building. Hospitals in the focus: from local players to global players. How do we make the healthcare system liquid, accessible, friendly, global, open? Do you have some tips? Global health care, what does it mean? A network of healthcare services around the world? From “health tourism” to cross-border health care and global care, how does digital development affect global health care and mobility?

SUB-THEME 3: People at the center of healthcare system transformations

3.1. How to put citizens at the center of health and care.

Do you have projects on how to address changing values in your society and its impact on needs, technology, results and health and care services? Which is the best way to address social determinants of health? Do you want to share with us projects that show how to enhance PCC Integration of health and social services? Have you experienced if people empowerment, co-production, design thinking, co-design improves health and care delivery results? How patient interface with digital technology must be leaded to contribute to a better healthcare delivery. Have you proven: nothing for people without people? Do you want to share it with the world health community?


3.2. Humanistic centered care.

What does continuum of care in the digital era mean? Favoring the humanization of people care: social and healthcare services together. Support transformation by supporting patients, families, clinical and health teams with IT capabilities. Care we need to provide inside the walls: we also put people at the center. Towards a friendly, cozy architecture for facilities we have to build. Health and care at home and in the community, share your best practices.


3.3. Professionals leading transformations: the strength of professionals to promote transformation.

Empowering the healthcare workforce: let’s get the most out of it. Share with the health community how professional roles must change due to changing demand for services: complexity, chronicity, changing and new society values and new technological opportunities. Human capacity development to foster adoption of technological transformations by healthcare professional. Have you analyzed how to redefine traditional roles? How health and care professionals can be motivated to embrace digital health transformation?  Do you have projects on working with patient-experience or in co-producing services with your patients? Do you have projects to show us on how to extend care teams beyond hospital walls? Or how professionals are empowered to transform care,  changing role of clinicians in terms of digital transformations. Training healthcare professionals on digital technology


3.4. From health management to ethical leadership.

Do you have examples of the power of good governance and accountability in transforming healthcare? Which strong and groundbreaking leadership roles do we need to make things happen? Do you have projects to show us in which management and leadership is needed to promote transformation effectively? Can you share projects on how to innovate in managing people in a fast evolving environment? Examples on how to retain talent, changing professional roles, multi-disciplinary. What does it mean to lead in those new environments?


Submission of Abstracts

Health sector leaders and professionals wishing to present their work related to the theme and sub-themes, orally (10-minute presentation) or as a poster, are invited to submit an abstract to the Scientific Committee for consideration.


Important dates:

Open for abstract submission: 9 November 2019

Submission deadline: Extended until 14 February (23:59 UTC -11) 

Notification to accepted oral presentations: 15 April 2020 (Postponed to mid-July)

Notification to accepted posters: 1 May 2020 (Postponed to mid-July)


Submitting an abstract gives you the chance to showcase your work and achievements to the international healthcare community. Accepted posters will also have a chance to compete in the best poster competition at the Congress.


Please carefully read the information below before submitting your abstract.


Submission Guidelines

  • All abstract submissions must be made electronically via the online submission website: https://congress.ihf-fih.org/ihf_abstracts
  • Click ‘Create Account’ in the menu if this is the first time you will be submitting an abstract.
  • Previous registered users may use the same login credentials.
  • Abstracts sent by post or email will NOT be accepted.
  • The account user is the sole contact for all correspondences regarding the abstract review and accepts responsibility to share information with all other authors about its status.
  • The Congress language is English. All abstracts submitted must be in English.
  • Abstracts must be related to the overarching theme and at least one of the sub-themes listed above.
  • Abstracts submitted must follow the template: Download template
  • Abstracts should contain no more than 500 words.
  • Only one table may be inserted in the abstract, which contents will be included in the word count.
  • Graphics and images may NOT be inserted.
  • Abbreviations and acronyms must be defined.
  • Up to 5 supporting documents may be attached in the submission but only Word, Powerpoint and PDF files are accepted. Total file size should not exceed 30MB
  • The account user is responsible for submitting a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the submitter. No proofreading will be done.
  • Abstracts can be saved in ‘DRAFT’ for re-editing and modification prior to submission. Only abstracts in ‘SUBMITTED’ status will be considered.
  • After the submission deadline, only changes requested by the Scientific Committee reviewer will be accepted.
  • All decisions by the Scientific Committee regarding the abstracts are final.


General criteria for assessment of abstracts

  • Presents an experience and knowledge sharing opportunity for the global healthcare community.
  • Addresses major issues of importance according to the Congress overarching theme and at least one of the sub-themes.
  • Will be of practical benefit to an audience of decision makers in charge of health service delivery organizations.
  • Findings presented will generate information that could be useful in advancing global health and healthcare.
  • Materials and methods are well presented and analyzed, with appropriate case studies.
  • Is not too clinically focused.


Financial support policy

  • No honorarium or financial support will be provided to authors for abstracts accepted.
  • Authors wishing to present their paper or poster at the Congress must register to attend by paying special discounted registration fees. The registration must be completed on or before 17 July 2020.

Free Paper oral presenters (40% discount: € 480)

Poster presenters (25% discount: € 600)


Presentation at the Congress

  • The author(s) of abstracts included in the program and presented at the Congress provide permission to the IHF to publish the abstract, author details, posters and/or slides electronically and in other formats.
  • Non-registered presenters will have their presentation/poster withdrawn from the program.
  • Specific guidelines for accepted abstracts for paper presentations and posters will be sent together with the acceptance notification letter.
  • Any change of presenting author should be communicated in writing to congress@ihf-fih.org. It is the responsibility of the submitter or original presenter to ensure one of the co-authors takes over the role.
  • Accepted authors are responsible for any required visa applications.


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For inquiries please contact:
Patricia Mencias
Subject: Abstract submission
Email: congress@ihf-fih.org