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.
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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:
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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Free Paper oral presenters (40% discount: € 480)
Poster presenters (25% discount: € 600)
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