About the congress

TheWorld 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. Since 2015 it has been held annually across the globe.

The Congress is a unique global forum that brings together IHF members and 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.

IHF member organizations have various opportunities to showcase their accomplishments to peers and the rest of the global healthcare community. The event contributes to the enhancement and enrichment of the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals. The delegate make-up reflects the IHF membership which spans more than 50 countries.

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

The 44th IHF  World Hospital Congress is being hosted by La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals (UCH) on 8-11 November 2021 as a hybrid event at Fira Montjuïc in Barcelona. As a hybrid event, all sessions will be live-streamed to virtual attendees in a dedicated event platform where they can also interact with fellow participants, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors.

The International Hospital Federation

The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization. Its members are worldwide hospitals and healthcare organizations having a distinct relationship with the provision of healthcare. It provides them with a platform for the exchange of knowledge and strategic experience as well as opportunities for international collaborations with different actors in the health sector.

Established in 1929 after the first International Hospital Congress in Atlantic City, USA as the International Hospital Association, it was re-named after the Second World War in 1947. With its Headquarters in Geneva, the IHF is constituted under the Civil Code of Switzerland. The IHF recognizes the essential role of hospitals and health care organizations in providing health care, supporting health services and offering education. Its role is to help hospitals work towards improving the level of the services they deliver to the population with the primary goal of improving the health of society.


La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals

La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals is a membership association of health and social care services providers, gathering more than 100 healthcare organizations, integrating mostly health providers of the public Catalan healthcare system, but also private healthcare organizations. It was created in 1975 as a healthcare providers’ association, to work together and promote a quality healthcare and social model to benefit the Catalan society.

Its key strategic areas are the defense of its members’ legitimate interests, and strengthening the Catalan healthcare and social model.

As a health and social services providers association, La Unió defends a public healthcare system, build with the contribution of civil society, on the basis of an autonomous management of the health providers, a strict ethical performance, and promoting excellence in healthcare management through professionalization and supporting innovation for its members.