44th WHC Session Recordings

Day 1: 8 November 2021

Hands-on acceleration and sustainability of healthcare innovation in COVID-19 times

This session is hosted by Biocat, The BioRegion of Catalonia. This round table presented and drew conclusions on how the Catalan system of research and innovation has tackled the COVID-19 health crisis.

Innovation and research with patients in a paediatric hospital

This session is hosted by MWC Barcelona, 5G Programme. 

Social awareness and biomedical research management models geared towards health improvement: Citizenship mobilization

This session is hosted by Fundació La Marató de TV3.

Desarrollo Profesional Continuo. Competencias del Directivo de la salud

This session is hosted by SEDISA and will be in Spanish. Importancia del Desarrollo Profesional Continuo y certificación de competencias en los Directivos de la Salud. Situación y líneas de trabajo al respecto en España

DIGIPATICS: Digital Network transformation of the anatomical pathology departments of Catalan Health Institute Hospitals

This session is sponsored by Palex. DIGIPATICS project aims to optimize the pathological diagnosis in network at the Hospitals of the Catalan Health Institute through Digitalization and the use of Artificial Intelligence tools. 

Transforming healthcare with Apple

The session is sponsored by iDooTech. This session discussed how Apple is helping transformation in all areas of hospital care. 

Strategies for the digital transformation of hospitals

This session is hosted by SCGS i ESADE: Catalan Society of Health Management and sponsored by Alexion. The session provided a vision of how digitalization affected and influenced the development of new hospital services by increasing their internal efficiency through data ecosystems exploited with artificial intelligence tools and expanding their community reach thanks to the deployment of centrally operated tele-monitoring services.

Optimizing colorectal cancer screening: Insights after COVID-19

This session is sponsored by HIPRA. Improvement of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening programs remains pivotal in order to reduce colorectal cancer morbidity and mortality.

What is MAFLD?

This session is hosted by University of Barcelona and European Liver Patients’ Association under the sponsorship of a grant (FISPLAT) from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Health.

Brilliant management for brilliant outcomes – innovation and efficiency driving hospital eye care

This session is sponsored by Alcon. This session explores innovative solutions in healthcare management that will transform and future proof eye care. 

Value-based healthcare: a real patient centric approach

This session is sponsored by Air Liquide. VBHC is a proven driver to integrate innovation in healthcare maintaining a patient centric approach.

Digital transformation of healthcare, from theory to practice: On-going activities and lessons learned in Catalonia

This session is sponsored by TIC Salut Social. It featured a roundtable discussion with representatives from local healthcare authorities and healthcare professionals. The session explored different paths to transform processes through technology for improving clinical work and generate value.

Patient Blood Management: A disruption that is benefiting millions and could save billions

This session is sponsored by Vifor Pharma. Patient Blood Management (PBM) is an evidence-based bundle of care addressing these issues by clinically managing and preserving a patient’s own blood.

Catalan Institute of Oncology: a model based on cancer networking

This session is hosted by the Catalan Institute of Oncology. The Catalan Institute of Oncology (CIO) is a public monographic cancer centre that provides attention to more than 50% of Catalonia’s population (3.5 million inhabitants approximately).

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence; Ethical and Practical Considerations

This session is sponsored by BSC Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. This session offered a panoramic view of the impact of Artificial Intelligence based applications in medicine, with focus on the potential ethical implications for data and methods.

Digital & Data Transformation towards better patient care

This session is sponsored by Novartis. The scope of new technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence and other digital tools is opening up a wide range of opportunities in the field of healthcare. Novartis’ responsibility is to embrace these opportunities and use them for the benefit of patients to improve and prolong people’s lives.

Benefits, tools and methods for real time patient care operations

This session is sponsored by GE Healthcare.

How to get most out of collaborative hospital networking – A European perspective

This session is hosted by ECHO – EUHA. As a hospital manager or leader in healthcare you’re expected to manage the today and tomorrow, but how can you effectuate change beyond the reach of your organization? There are many challenges like data standardization, care for rare diseases and affordable innovation in medicines and one can only get so far alone. 

HEALTHIO: Inclusive innovation that delivers

This session is hosted by Healthio. The health sector has undergone major changes in all spheres, which have accelerated over the course of the century. Some have been “disruptive” (involving a fundamental change in organizational and operational models), and many others have been incremental and progressive. 

Day 2: 9 November 2021

Opening Ceremony

Hble. Sr. Pere Aragonès, President of Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government), Hble. Dr. Josep M Argimon, Catalan Health Minister, and EXcma. Sra. Ada Colau, Barcelona Mayor officially opened the 44th World Hospital Congress.

Opening Plenary Session on Women Leadership: Agility, responsiveness and resilience in combating COVID-19

In this Opening Session, participants learned from senior female executives about the critical role of women’s leadership in combatting COVID-19 and new ideas to adopt as part of their own leadership practices.

Plenary Session 1: Getting ready for the next global pandemic: European and North American perspectives

Public health leaders from Europe and US shared their views on ways to fight the next pandemic. Hospital CEOs from both regions discussed how they are leading their organizations through COVID-19 and the lessons learned to get ready for the next global pandemic. 

Plenary Session 2: Accelerating research, development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine: Lessons learned from key stakeholders

The COVID-19 vaccine response demonstrated that fast-tracked research development is possible to accelerate the implementation of solutions to benefit society, while assuring safety and good outcomes. This session explored the drivers and constrains for such an agile and good response to the crisis, as well as the key learnings that can be gleaned  from the different stakeholders for the near future.

Hospital financing in times of COVID-19

This session is hosted by the World Health Organization. The IHF and WHO have launched an international program of work called “Hospital financing in COVID times”. This program documented the economic problems experienced by hospitals because of the COVID-19 crisis, the policy measures taken to relieve the sector, the contribution of hospital federations to the policy response and the possible broader consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for the hospital industry.

North American leadership insights: Leading during times of crisis

This session is co-hosted by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. This session focused on the core elements of strong leadership when a crisis hits and how leaders balanced the critical elements of agility and perseverance with the need to model self-care in order to support the long-term resilience and health of systems, providers and the patients they serve.

In digital transformation, GS1 standards in action follow products to patients

This session is hosted by GS1. Presenters from Denmark and Spain shared how the use of GS1 standards supports their work in a hospital and health system.

Impact of COVID-19 on healthcare travel and its future prospects

This session is hosted by Private Hospitals Association, Jordan. Learn about the expansion of healthcare travel based on Amman Declaration HT8 which was announced during the International Healthcare Travel Forum in 2017, which includes eight healthcare travel pillars: medical tourism, dental tourism, wellness tourism, spas tourism, culinary tourism, sports tourism, assisted residential tourism and accessible tourism.

The transformational evolution of Korean hospitals in the era of COVID-19 and after

This session is hosted by the Korean Hospital Association. In this session, the presenters shared their experiences and insights on the transformational evolution of Korean hospitals in the era of COVID-19 and after. 

Supporting the implementation of patient-centred care in clinical settings: How to advance on patient humanization and self-management

This session is hosted by Avedis Donabedian Research Institute (FAD). This session introduced the essential elements, opportunities and challenges of implementing patient-centred care and advancing humanization in clinical settings.

Accreditation model for excellence in perioperative safety

This session is hosted by Avedis Donabedian Research Institute (FAD). Presentation of a model of accreditation of excellence in the safety of the surgical patient through an external evaluation procedure, carried out with the consensus of the main related scientific societies. The model includes the selection of good practices and criteria for evaluating perioperative safety, the development of the measurement methodology and the results of the piloting done. 

What does it take to be a ‘top performer’?: Lessons learned from over a decade of study

This session is hosted by Vizient. This session showcased the methodology for assessing performance, provide findings from over a decade of study of top performers and share the experiences from a CEO that has been successful at driving top performance at three Academic Medical Centers in the United States.

Transforming healthcare organizations to anticipate for future challenges, in the context of a new scenario of needs and opportunities. Project + FUTURE

This session is hosted by La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals. This round table, led by health and social care organizations leaders from Catalonia, discussed which are the priorities in this transformational process, and explains a checklist to build back better, assuring organizational changes to promote telemedicine, health and care integration, to develop professional roles to improve the care process and patients experience and the humanization of care.

Insights from private health providers during COVID-19: Harnessing the responsiveness, resiliency and agility of the private health sector to combat a worldwide pandemic

This session is hosted by the International Finance Corporation – World Bank Group. This session discussed the lessons learned from Private Hospitals during the pandemic.  In some countries there was comprehensive revenue loss and increased focus on cost management and efficiency.

COVID-19 and beyond: New Visions in Europe and cross-border collaborations

This session is hosted by Luxemburgish Hospital Federation. In this session, health leaders from various countries in Europe discussed cross-border collaborations emerged or increased during the pandemic and which ones will be sustained or enhanced post-COVID.

Healthcare reforms in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: First glance at the main challenges and lessons learnt

This session is hosted by the WHO EMRO. In this session, delegates heard from various stakeholders, leading the hospital reforms in their countries. The session will set the stage for a more in-depth discussion that will take place at the 2022 World Hospital Congress in Dubai

Local perspectives, global exchange: The 2021 IHF Young Executive Leaders

The Young Executive Leader (YEL) program of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) is an opportunity for young healthcare talents around the globe to meet with peers, discuss current trends and challenges, and offer perspectives from their experiences. 

Day 3: 10 November 2021

Plenary Session 3: Nursing leadership in transforming healthcare during a world-wide pandemic: examples from the field

Nurses are recognized internationally for their contributions in fighting COVID-19. In this session, the importance of global nursing leadership initiatives such as Nursing Now and the Nightingale Challenge were presented.  Nurse leaders in various roles from around the globe shared successes and innovations, as well as challenges they have faced during the pandemic. 

New perspectives in the management of age-related diseases

This session is hosted by Grifols. The speakers provided the audience with an update on age-related neurodegenerative diseases, from epidemiology and socio-economic burden to the latest advances in research and management. 

How COVID-19 impacted UHC: perspectives from global NGOs

In a few months, COVID-19 has spread worldwide laying bare inadequate health systems, gaps in social protection and structural inequalities. The pandemic brought in light the greater urgency to the quest for universal health coverage (UHC), the critical tool for achieving health for all. The session explored how the pandemic impacted progress towards UHC and the recommendations of the representatives of some of the major international NGOs.

Value driven transformation: World landscape, European and Spanish examples

This session is organized by Medtronic. Health care systems around the world have increasingly adopted a value-based health care (VBHC) outline. In this session, by the hand of 3 high level speakers, it will make known from an international perspective and through practical examples, the available solutions that intervene to obtain key results that really matter to patients achieving an improvement in health care.

An inside look at the pharmaceutical industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is preparing to face the antimicrobial resistance challenge and future pandemics

This session is sponsored by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations. The COVID-19 crisis created a unique environment within the biopharmaceutical sector which allow for fast-tracked research development, accelerated implementation, unheard of collaborations amongst rivals and cooperation with regulators and global public health actors never seen before.

Clinical and translational research as a way to promote sustainable and rapid access to innovation

This session is hosted by the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO). The Roundtable discussion focused on both the opportunities and challenges of clinical and translational research as drivers to promote sustainable and rapid access to innovation. Now more than ever before, especially as we all grapple with the pandemic, it is widely and so clearly documented just how important it is to translate major, fundamental advances in biomedicine into better preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies against several diseases. 

Health professionals as the turning point of the COVID-19 pandemic

This session is hosted by the Portuguese Association for Hospital Development. The current COVID-19 pandemic has imposed the need for a rapid adaptation and was an opportunity for health institutions and their human capital to accelerate and improve many areas in the care delivery model, which otherwise would not have evolved so rapidly.

Strategies adopted by the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong in managing the COVID-19 Pandemic

This session is hosted by the Hospital Authority, Hong Kong. Massive sudden COVID-19 surge is a key challenge faced by the Hospital Authority (HA). HA has adopted the strategic health systems’ integration approach to conserve capacity and resources to maintain emergency and essential clinical services in HA hospitals, whilst at the same time managing the demand surge of the outbreak through service diversion, service re-engineering, and the enhancement of patient support by electronics means.

Virtual Paper Presentations: The role of the workforce in driving health service transformations

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations. 

Virtual Lightning Talks: Innovative collaborations, tools, and policies to improve the quality of service and care

Hear about innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations thru these lightning talks. 

Plenary Session 4: Harnessing innovations to build back better: European lessons from the pandemic

This session is organized in collaboration with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. The speakers reviewed some key organizational and technological innovations in the hospital sector during the pandemic with the aim to draw lessons on how to build back better our hospital services, specifically three areas of innovation. 

The visions and the role of hospital managers in a post-COVID-19 world

This session is hosted by the European Association of Hospital Managers. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the lack of consistency in Europe and in the World concerning the management of health crises. This session discussed the lessons learnt from and propose new paths based on shared visions. Hospital management should be adapted accordingly.

Violence around and in the healthcare setting: How to approach this reality?

This session is hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The session provided a general approach to the issue of violence against and surrounding health care facilities. 

Leadership for Sustainability: How healthcare leaders can meet the challenge of climate change

This session is hosted by the IHF Leadership for Sustainability Special Interest Group. Climate change is at risk of becoming the biggest public health threat of our generation. As its impacts upon the environment and society become ever clearer, the healthcare sector needs to urgently recognize the opportunity it has to lead the way in tackling this global crisis, and lead by example through reducing its own carbon footprint. Responding to the sustainability agenda is a long-term challenge for the healthcare sector and will require multi-year commitments to meet national and global climate change goals.

The philosophy of disaster response: The Abu Dhabi module in managing COVID-19. Response, management and resilience

This session is hosted by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi. The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the healthcare regulatory authority for the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the UAE, ensures the highest standards of healthcare based of international best practices, for more than 3 million people. There are currently more than 3000 healthcare facilities licensed under DoH distributed over three regions.

Paper Presentations: Digital transformation, AI and technological innovations for smarter healthcare delivery

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations.

Paper Presentations: Breaking out of the hospital’s walls: Ubiquitous and seamless healthcare experiences

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations.

Rising to the challenge – JCI Remote Accreditation Surveys

This session is hosted by Joint Commission International (JCI). Joint Commission International shared lessons and experiences in how it leveraged knowledge and technology to ensure operational continuity in supporting global patient safety efforts and accreditation. 

Avoiding the traps in global partnerships: Case studies of collaboration with low and middle income countries to build capacity

This session is hosted by the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Presenters with global health experience, combined with extensive experience in health associations, corporate, academia and standards and accreditation, discussed the nexus that brings them together and opportunities for collaboration to strengthen local health systems through capacity building.

Transforming the health system by pursuing value-based models

This session is hosted by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Health systems across the world are implementing a variety of payment reforms. Value-based care is a core component of many of these transformations. The extent and focus of value-based care and associated payments can vary widely – and there are learnings from the path taken by early adopters. A panel discussion included what is working, what is not, similarities and differences in approaches

How many terabytes of data do you need to make a decision?

Today’s healthcare landscape is saturated with data, and yet it is rarely the universal basis for decision-making. In the right hands at the right time, accurate, meaningful data can empower healthcare organizations and hospitals to improve quality, deliver high-value care, mitigate patient safety risks, and accelerate innovation. This special session, hosted by the IHF’s ‘Harnessing Big Data’ Special Interest Group invited healthcare leaders from across the world to share their stories and strategies about navigating the complexities of ‘big data’. 

Smart Kitchen for better health: For people and the planet

This session is hosted by Arcasa and Future Food Institute.

Paper Presentations: Transforming healthcare by empowering, supporting, and giving leadership to the workforce

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations.

IHF Awards Ceremony

The IHF Awards were launched in 2015 and are recognized around the world as the premier awards program to honor hospitals and healthcare organizations. Find out who the winners are and why they were picked from hundreds of entries by attending this special ceremony.

Day 4: 11 November 2021

Plenary Session 5: Humanizing technology for smart healthcare delivery: The COVID-19 impact

The session focused on dispelling many of the misbeliefs around technology-enabled healthcare, with many patients traditionally citing it negatively impacts the patient experience and delivers a non-personable transactional relationship with healthcare professionals and healthcare services. 

Resilience and Impartiality; The Afghanistan Hospital Sector during the Era of COVID-19: A Fireside Conversation with the Former Minister of Public Health

Prof. Alexander S. Preker of Columbia University interviewed Dr. Wahid Majrooh, Former Acting Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan. Hear about his journey to his previous role as Minister, his insights and his vision of the Afghanistan health care system

IHF Awards Session – Showcasing best practices from around the world

Hear from the Gold winners of the IHF Awards. Discover their projects and programs and why they stood out as the best of the best from around the globe in health system innovation and excellence.

A French (digital) revolution: Unicancer projects to improve cancer patients’ lives

This session is hosted by Unicancer. The progress made in the field of real-world medical data and artificial intelligence is already changing the landscape of oncology. Analyzing and sharing big volumes of high-quality data can accelerate research projects, shed light on the therapeutic advances made in recent years and demonstrate the reproducibility and transferability of clinical trials’ results.

VBHC and climate change: Can value-based health care support environmental stewardship?

This session is hosted by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. The speakers explored the alignment of the principles of value-based health care and environmental sustainability. Furthermore, the session discussed the responsibility of the health system and the need to ensure improvement in health outcomes at both an individual and population level. 

Paper Presentations: Dynamic visions of adding value to go beyond healthcare service delivery

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations.

Virtual Paper Presentations: Improving value and performance of hospitals through research and evaluation

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations.

Virtual Paper Presentations: Humanistic approaches to policymaking, transformational leadership, patient pathways and sustainability

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations.

Virtual Lightning Talks: Implementing digital healthcare strategies using telemedicine, AI and virtual reality​

Hear about innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations thru these lightning talks.

Paper Presentations: Reshaping healthcare delivery to a borderless system: Leading to outcomes which really matter to people

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations.

Lightning Talks: Transformative approaches to add value to healthcare provision

Hear about innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations thru these lightning talks.

Lightning Talks: Putting people at the center of the healthcare system through governance, leadership, integration and co-production​

Hear about innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations thru these lightning talks.

Lightning Talks: Transforming healthcare delivery with digital tools and AI

Hear about innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations thru these lightning talks.

Virtual Paper Presentations: Using technology to deliver effective, patient-centered health services

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations.

Virtual Lightning Talks: Leadership and teamwork models for service delivery centered around health practitioners and patients ​

Hear about innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations thru these lightning talks

Closing Plenary Session and Ceremony​

Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Deputy Director-General, Hble. Dr. Josep M Argimon, Catalan Health Minister and H.E. Awadh Al Ketbi, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority provided  keynote addresses. Finally, Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, President Designate of the International Hospital Federation, officially closed the event.

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