Program

The 2021 World Hospital Congress will be conducted in a hybrid format. All sessions will be live-streamed in a dedicated event platform and recordings will be made available to all attendees for on-demand viewing.
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8 November : DAY 1
08:30 - 16:00

IHF Young Executive Leaders workshop (by invitation)

09:00 - 12:00

AHF Board meeting (by invitation)

09:30 - 11:00

Parallel Session: Innovation and research with patients in a paediatric hospital

  • Eduard Martín   Begonya Nafria  

Paediatric patients are at the heart of any innovation and research initiative at Barcelona Children’s Hospital. Children, young people and their families are involved with the aim to ensure that innovation and research are patient centric. During this session attendees will learn about: - Innovation and research in the field of rare conditions; - How to involve patients in the design of innovation and research projects: from co-creation to dissemination; - The rights of children for their involvement in health and science; - Future innovative paediatric hospitals: participatory medicine through 5G and smart connectivity. This session is hosted by MWC Barcelona, 5G Programme.

09:30 - 11:00

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

  • Dr. Montserrat Daban   Dr. Bonaventura Clotet   Marc Dechamps   Sofia Ferreira   Dr. Oriol Roca   Elia Torroella  

This session is hosted by Biocat, The BioRegion of Catalonia. This round table will present and draw conclusions on how the Catalan system of research and innovation has tackled the COVID-19 health crisis. In constant interaction with the public administration and other European clusters, the key players of our health ecosystem have worked in a collaborative way, accelerating new innovative and disruptive proposals to address the situation in a rapid and efficient way. This session will cover the different actions that carried out from the different perspectives, including: Research and Healthcare System, European Clusters, Industry, Public Administration (both at local and European level). This Round Table will also present a successful example of such coordinated initiatives: the development of ‘Heecap’, a new medical device which emerged from d·HEALTH Barcelona, a program led by Biocat. Chaired by: Dr. Montserrat Daban, Scientific and International Relations Director, Biocat (BioRegion of Catalonia), Spain

09:30 - 11:00

Parallel Session: Desarrollo Profesional Continuo. Competencias del directivo de la salud (Continuous Training: Competencies for healthcare managers)

This session is in Spanish and is hosted by SEDISA. Importancia del Desarrollo Profesional Continuo y certificación de competencias en los Directivos de la Salud. Situación y líneas de trabajo al respecto en España. Chaired by: Dulce Ramírez Puerta, Vicepresident 1 SEDISA y coordinadora del Comité de Profesionalización de SEDISA.

09:30 - 11:00

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

  • Lluís Bernabé   Camil Roca  

This session is hosted by Fundació La Marató de TV3. Imagine a country where, every year, millions of people are enthusiastically involved in an initiative that seeks to improve their health. Imagine festive activities in the streets of every city. Imagine people who publicly share their illness experience and explain how is to live with it. Imagine lots of people making donations or give their time in solidarity. Imagine that all this energy and solidarity has been maintained and has increased over 30 years and has been transformed into 216 million euros for research to improve people’s lives. Imagine that these resources serve to raise public awareness of serious and chronic diseases and help to support the talent and perseverance of 1,500 research teams and 8,600 researchers in nearly a thousand research projects. Imagine that tangible improvements are being made in prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of many diseases and health conditions, some of them quite seldom known for being minority conditions. The emotion, effort, trust and solidarity of people as a driver for research to improve the quality and life expectancy of patients. Sounds like a utopia, doesn't it? In Catalonia it has been a reality since 1992 and it is called La Marató de TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio, a unique telethon in the world due to the great social and citizen’s mobilization that makes it possible, year after year. Come to this session to learn about this unique project from the hands of some of the people who make it possible!

11:00 - 12:30

Parallel Session: Strategies for the digital transformation of hospitals

  • Tino Martí   Cristina Adroher   Dr. Ramon Cunillera   Dr. Francesc Garcia Cuyas   Dr. Jordi Martínez  

This session is hosted by SCGS i ESADE: Catalan Society of Health Management and sponsored by Alexion. This aims to provide a vision of how digitalization affects and will influence 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. This activity is organized by the Observatory "Management matters" that the Catalan Society of Health Management launched in December 2020. One of the sections of the Observatory is technological and digital innovation that acts as a radar of the improvements in healthcare management as a result of the uptake of new information and communication technologies. The programme of the session is structured with a keynote about the Catalan strategy of digital health and a panel that will combine views from health and innovation managers from two reference hospitals in the city of Barcelona. Chaired by: Tino Marti, Director Observatory Management Matters, Catalan Society of Health Management, Spain

11:00 - 12:30

Parallel Session: What is MAFLD?

  • Marta Carol   Dr. Teresa Casanovas   Dr. Nuria Fabrellas   Adrià Juanola   Marko Korenjak   Martina Pérez Guasch  

This session is hosted by ELPA. Non-alcoholic liver disease (MAFLD) affects approximately 25% of the population and is associated with various metabolic comorbidities, mainly obesity and metabolic syndrome. The first therapeutic strategy in MAFLD is weight loss by modifying lifestyle, particularly diet and exercise. Advanced practice nurses are the most qualified professional to care of these patients. Patients with liver disease are most often stigmatized, which results in low self-esteem and impaired quality of life. Before any health education program, the needs of people with the disease should be known; because the opinion of patients is paramount.

11:00 - 12:30

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

  • Dr. Jordi Temprana-Salvador  

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. This project covers from the sample request for Pathology to the submission of the clinical AP result. This session is sponsored by Palex.

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and Networking

  • Exhibition Area and Dining Area

13:30 - 15:00

Parallel Session: Value-based healthcare: a real patient centric approach

  • Saad El Garrab  

This session is sponsored by Air Liquide. VBHC is a proven driver to integrate innovation in healthcare maintaining a patient-centric approach. Value-based healthcare is a healthcare delivery model in which providers are paid based on patient health outcomes (PREMs & PROMs). Under value-based care agreements, providers are rewarded for helping patients improve their health and live healthier lives in an evidence-based way. Value-based care differs from a fee-for-service or capitated approach, in which providers are paid based on the amount of healthcare services they deliver. The “value” in value-based healthcare is derived from measuring health outcomes against the cost of delivering the outcomes. In this symposia Hospital Vall d’Hebron and Air Liquide Healthcare will share their experiences on this subject.

13:30 - 15:00

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

  • Dr. Luis Castillón Torre   Kristina Dziekan   Prof. Alexandre Lourenço   Brian Mangan  

This session is sponsored by Alcon. Already today, cataract surgery is among the topmost frequently performed surgeries. With the aging demographic, this will only increase. Cataract surgery can effectively restore vision and quality of life. But waiting lists are already long and outcomes variable. Being able to deliver timely care with excellent outcomes for the patient requires care models that seamlessly integrate patient experience and efficiency. This session explores innovative solutions in healthcare management that will transform and future-proof eye care.

13:30 - 15:00

Parallel Session: 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 will feature a roundtable discussion with representatives from local healthcare authorities and healthcare professionals. The session will explore different paths to transform processes through technology for improving clinical work and generate value. It will also reflect on the organizational, technical and human challenges encountered by health organizations and how they could be overcome to accelerate the uptake of new solutions and enrich processes.

13:30 - 16:00

IHF Governing Council meeting (by invitation)

  • Room 5

The Governing Council is the organ charged with the overall governing of the affairs of the International Hospital Federation. This meeting is for IHF Governing Council Members only.

15:00 - 16:30

Parallel Session: Catalan Institute of Oncology: A model based on cancer networking

  • Dr. Anna Ribera  

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). CIO is a multicentric institution with 3 main centres that work collaboratively with 3 partner university hospitals along with 19 community hospitals across Catalonia that is the most extensive oncological network in our country. The aim of the session is to show the key elements of the CIO oncological network model based in three central concepts: the assistance model to the patient and research, the drug policy and knowledge management model and the win-win model among community and central hospitals. These topics will be presented by clinical leaders in the areas of Oncology, Pharmacy and Health Management.

15:00 - 16:00

Parallel Session: Smart Kitchen for better health: For people and the planet

This session is hosted by Arcasa and Future Food Institute.

15:00 - 16:30

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

  • Dr. Elvira Bisbe   Prof. Axel Hofmann   Prof. Aryeh Shander  

This session is sponsored by Vifor Pharma. What went unnoticed for decades by health system leaders is the high prevalence of anemia in hospitalized patients. This condition is an independent predictor for significantly increased morbidity, mortality, hospital length of stay and cost. Anemia is also a main driver for transfusion, another independent risk factor for adverse outcomes. Taken together, anemia and transfusion represent one of the world’s biggest, largely preventable, yet greatly underestimated cost drivers in healthcare. Patient Blood Management (PBM) is an evidence-based bundle of care addressing these issues by clinically managing and preserving a patient's own blood. This significantly improves patient outcomes with the potential to save billions of healthcare dollars. The proof of principle was demonstrated in Australia, where PBM is now considered a national standard of care. PBM represents a win-win situation for patients and health care providers, and its global implementation is now strongly supported by the WHO.

15:00 - 16:30

Parallel Session: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence; Ethical and Practical Considerations

This session is sponsored by BSC Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. It will offer a panoramic view of the impact of Artificial Intelligence based applications in medicine, with focus on the potential ethical implications for data and methods. The invited speakers will cover topics related with the importance of open, available data in the context of data confidentiality and security and the importance of the quality and balance of the data sets to control biases. They will also discuss the implications for resulting AI-based systems, as well as the alternatives that at various levels from technical to legal, are available to detect and correct gender and other biases.

16:30 - 18:00

Parallel Session: Benefits, tools and methods for real time patient care operations

  • Jeff Terry  

This session is sponsored by GE Healthcare.

16:30 - 18:00

Parallel Session: 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. Additionally, hospitals face many common challenges like caring for increasingly complex patients, staff shortages and implementing innovation. Creating networks for collaboration can help hospitals address these challenges in new ways and together they can leverage their voice to advocate for strategic interests. The interactive session will be led by two new international hospital organizations, the European University Hospital Alliance and the European Children’s Hospitals Organisation, and will enable you to discuss the following with their leaders and those of other European health stakeholders: 1) What new opportunities does cross-border networking across multiple settings, including large hospital systems, specialized hospitals create? 2) How do patients see the value for patients of cross-border collaboration in healthcare, for example in rare diseases? 3) How can collaboration in healthcare strengthen Europe’s health assets, innovation and resilience post COVID-19? 4) How can you potentiate advocacy and lobbying with policy makers at the local or international level through multi-centre collaboration? 5) What lessons have been learned in turning shared challenges into concrete actions and how to avoid common pitfalls?

16:30 - 18:00

Parallel Session: Innovation in the health sector: Entrepreneurial culture in health services

  • Dr. Iñaki Alegria Coll   Dr. Bartomeu Ayala Márquez   Dr. Merixtell Davins   Dr. Roser Farré   Dr. Ferran Fillat-Gomà   Arnau Valls Esteve  

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. Supporting creativity and innovation in health services is an integral part of the internal mission of health systems in general. This has required progressively revitalizing the health model and giving it social legitimacy, through user-oriented policies and programmes, promoting the establishment of care networks, transferring decision-making rights where the organization’s knowledge bases are "stronger", fostering cooperation and teamwork as a cultural value, identifying public service around universal and timeless values, stimulating tolerance and intellectual honesty, enriching trust and clarity in internal relationships, fostering continuous learning, strengthening patterns of internal coherence and loyalty in institutional transactions, stimulating individual and collective responsibility and giving ethical credentials to the health service. HEALTHIO (WHERE PATIENTS, PROFESSIONALS AND COMPANIES MEET) highlights the importance of technology and its adaptation to solve social challenges. This session will showcase 3D projects, telemedicine and taking special relevance to COVID-19 success stories in different international environments.

16:30 - 18:00

IHF General Assembly

  • Room 5

Annual meeting of the IHF General Assembly, the formal decision-making body of the International Hospital Federation. All IHF Members are invited to participate.

18:00 - 19:00

Welcome Reception Cocktails

The Welcome Reception will provide an excellent opportunity to network and meet fellow delegates while touring the exhibition. All participants are invited to join. Tickets are included in the registration fee. Dress Code: Business Casual

9 November : DAY 2
09:00 - 09:30

Opening Ceremony

  • Auditorium

M. Hble. Sr. Pere Aragonès, President of Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government)* and EXcma. Sra. Ada Colau, Barcelona Mayor* will officially open the 44th World Hospital Congress. Sr. Enric Mangas, President of La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals (Catalan Hospital, Health and Social and Services Association), Dr. Jaume Duran, International Affairs Commissioner at the GC of La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals, and Dr. Risto Miettunen, President of the International Hospital Federation, will welcome all participants. Dr. Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization, will provide a keynote address. This will be followed by a Scientific Opening led by Víctor Grifols, President of GRIFOLS and Dr. Antoni Trilla, Chair of the 44th WHC Scientific Committee. * To be confirmed

09:30 - 10:30

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

  • Dr. Sara Berbel Sánchez  
  • Auditorium

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break, exhibition and poster display

  • Exhibition Area and Dining Area

View the list of posters at worldhospitalcongress.org/posters

11:00 - 12:30

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

  • Dr. Rod Hochman   Prof. Natasha Azzopardi   Prof. Josep M Campistol   Dr. Bechara Choucair   Wright Lassiter III   Bertrand Levrat  
  • Auditorium

COVID-19 won’t be the last pandemic in our lifetime. Public health leaders from Europe and North America will share their views on how the next global pandemic might unfold. Hospital CEOs from both regions will also discuss how they are leading their organizations to address the next pandemic with the lessons learned from COVID-19, the changes needed in their organizations and local health systems to effectively respond to the next public health crisis. Chaired by: Dr. Rod Hochman, President and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health; Chair, American Hospital Association

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and Networking

  • Exhibition Area and Dining Area

13:30 - 15:00

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

  • Dr. Hans Kluge   Dr. Carmen Cabezas   Thomas Cueni   Dr. César Hernández   Dr. John Nkengasong  
  • Auditorium

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. What can we learn and harness from this experience, including accelerating translational research, transforming the way vaccines are developed and distributed and utilizing new partnerships and collaborations from industry, governments and global public health actors? This session will also explore 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. Chaired by: Dr. Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization

15:10 - 16:40

Parallel Session: Hospital financing in times of COVID-19

  • Triin Habicht   Al-Karim Haji   Bruno Meessen   Dr. Wilm Quentin   Saskia Maria Wegner  

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”. It will document 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. The main objective of this session will be to organize a triangular conversation between health financing experts, hospital federations and hospital managers. WHO will present early findings from the joint IHF-WHO program of work. Data presented will be extracted from international surveys implemented by WHO, IHF and national hospital associations. The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies will present data from their COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor, with a focus on hospital financing issues. Results of these studies will be commented by two discussants providing an original view on how the hospital sector has been experiencing the crisis from an economic perspective. The rest of the session will be dedicated to the interaction with the audience. Chaired by: Triin Habicht, Senior Health Economist, World Health Organization

15:10 - 16:40

Parallel Session: North American leadership insights: Leading during times of crisis

  • Rick Pollack   Dr. Melinda Estes   Michael Fosina, FACHE   Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE  

This session is co-hosted by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. What does it mean to truly lead during a large-scale crisis? How can leaders do the difficult work of pushing organizations and staff forward while at the same time providing support and space for individuals to take care of themselves, their teams and their loved ones? This session will focus on the core elements of strong leadership when a crisis hits and how leaders can balance 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. Chaired by: Rick Pollack, CEO, American Hospital Association, United States

15:10 - 16:40

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

  • Els van der Wilden-van Lier   Maria Ramirez   Henrik Stilling  

This session is hosted by GS1. Healthcare entered a new era with digital transformation introducing changes and opportunities, the pandemic pushing the change. In many countries medical products are barcoded by the manufacturer, but not yet scanned in the hospital. Barcode scanning however supports full (global) product traceability, reduces manual registration procedures, reduces the risk of errors, facilitates recall-procedures, and facilitates final automated check at the point-of-care. The then available data support rationalizing assortments, real-time locating assets, saving costs, and a possible reduction in variance of patient related outcomes. GS1 standards in action help follow products to patients. Presenters from Denmark and Spain will share how the use of GS1 standards supports their work in a hospital and health system. Some learning objectives are how digital innovations in the healthcare supply chain support cost savings, enhance patient safety and full traceability of medical products; how these rationalize procurement and asset-management, also linking to experiences during the COVID-pandemic. Chaired by: Dr. Els van der Wilden-van Lier, Director Healthcare Providers, GS1 AISBL

15:10 - 16:40

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

  • Dr. Fawzi Al-Hammouri   Dr. Antoni Arias-Enrich   João Bocas   Dr. Prem Jagyasi   Irving Stackpole  

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. Learn about healthcare travel in its broaden term and how the sector was badly affected by COVID-19 pandemic. International experts will share their experience and their pioneering actions taken to overcome the challenges and limitations of healthcare travel, the opportunities, ways of recovery, and how to adapt to the new era with the help of digital health and innovative solutions. Chaired by: Dr. Fawzi Al-Hammouri, Chairman, Private Hospital Association, Jordan

15:10 - 16:40

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

  • Dr. Young-Ho Jeong   Dr. Wang-Jun Lee   Dr. Sang-Gyu Lee   Dr. Koon-Ho Rha  

This session is hosted by the Korean Hospital Association. Throughout the world, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest healthcare challenge in generations. Healthcare providers have risen rapidly to address challenges that were almost unimaginable before. We are witnessing the biggest shift in healthcare which has been the most resistant to change. Even when the crisis is over, the industry will not go back to how it was. Korea is well known for having one of the best IT infrastructures, but not many are aware that the speed of population aging in Korea is the fastest in the globe. Many experts say it will soon become one of the oldest countries in the world. Korean hospitals have attempted many transformations even before the COVID-19 crisis in line with this aging population and the development of IT technology. The crisis has brought these efforts to the surface and accelerated the speed. In this session, the presenters will share their experiences and insights on the transformational evolution of Korean hospitals in the era of COVID-19 and after. Chaired by: Dr. Young-Ho Jeong, President, Korean Hospital Association, South Korea

15:10 - 16:40

Parallel Session: 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 will introduce participants to the key elements, opportunities and challenges of implementing patient-centred care and advancing humanization in clinical settings. It will focus on how to bring the voice of the patient into the heart of healthcare delivery by prioritizing topics and outcomes that are valued by them, involving them in the process of care and promoting patient empowerment to manage their own care in partnership with the healthcare professionals. The session will address how to harness the potential of humanization of care and self-management interventions to support person-centred care, quality improvement and research. It will feature real world cases and practical methods for building patient-centred care in clinical settings. Hear brief presentations on two case-studies: a research project exploring effectiveness of self-management interventions (COMPAR-EU) and a multicentre quality improvement project to improve humanization and patient experience in paediatric care (MIREMOS). Also take part in small group exercises to discuss challenges with facilitators and develop collective solutions on the building of patient-centred care. This session is designed for those involved or interested in supporting and evaluating the implementation of patient-centred strategies in clinical settings (policy makers, managers, healthcare professionals and researchers).

16:40 - 17:00

Accreditation model for excellence in perioperative safety

  • Dr. Daniel Arnal  

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. All this, taking into account the recommendations of the reference organizations at the national and international level.

16:40 - 17:00

Coffee break, exhibition and poster display

  • Exhibition Area and Dining Area

View the list of posters at worldhospitalcongress.org/posters

17:00 - 18:00

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

  • Julie Cerese   David Entwistle   Dr. David Levine  

This session is hosted by Vizient. How do you know you are excelling in quality and safety, and that you exhibit the characteristics of a successful organization? This session will describe a 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.

17:00 - 18:30

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

  • Oriol Fuertes   Cristina Adroher   Xavier Lleixa   Dr. Anna Ribera   Dr. Ignasi Riera  

This session is hosted by La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals. It is a key moment to promote transformational changes in health and social care organizations to anticipate the needs of people and generate a greater impact on health improvement in society, to design the future we want. This round table, led by health and social care organizations leaders from Catalonia, presents and discusses 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. The proposals are the result of a participatory process with 45 entities in Catalonia, that have worked collaboratively to identify key elements to transform healthcare and are highly operative proposals to undergo action. There are also practical proposals that can be escalated to other countries and sectors. Chaired by: Dr. Oriol Fuentes, CEO, QIDA, Spain

17:00 - 18:30

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

  • Dr. Philippe Turk  

This session is hosted by Luxembourg Hospital Federation. In March 2020, most of Europe was shut down to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, and all countries were soon to be under unprecedented pressure. This emergency situation has quickly given way to transformations within healthcare, enabling hospitals and health systems to cope with the crisis. In parallel, while national borders closed overnight, severely impacting most travels from one country to another, cross-border collaborations emerged as a solution to face shortages and demonstrated the interdependencies between regions. In this session, health leaders from various countries in Europe will discuss if cross-border collaborations emerged or increased during the pandemic and which ones will be sustained or enhanced post-COVID.

17:00 - 18:30

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

  • Charles Dalton   Nikoloz Gamkrelidze   Dr. Mohamed Hablas   Leona Karnali   Dr. Aigul Kulmukhamedova   Dr. Amit Varma  

This session is hosted by the International Finance Corporation – World Bank Group. This session will discuss 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. Whereas in others COVID-19 revenue replaced some losses from other services but required additional operational and CAPEX to prepare infrastructure, staff and supply consumables. The lessons from this period will also support a look forward in terms of what’s next for the private health sector, the importance of cost and performance management, how to embrace new contracting payment tariff models, adopting digital health, managing staff during a crisis, evolving or implementing new business models and, the ingredients necessary for efficient and effective public-private collaboration. Chaired by: Charles Dalton, Senior Health Specialist, International Finance Corporation, US

17:00 - 18:30

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

  • Dr. Awad Mataria   Prof. Alawi Alsheikh-Ali  

This session is hosted by the WHO EMRO. In October 2012, the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Committee endorsed a resolution on health systems strengthening in the region’s countries. Among other priorities, Member States were called to move towards universal health coverage, harness telemedicine, and promote health management, leadership and governance. Nearly a decade has passed, full of hard work, surprises and challenges for the hospital sector. In this session, we will hear 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. Chaired by: Dr. Awad Mataria, Director, UHC/Health Systems, WHO EMRO

20:00 - 22:00

After Work Social Dinner

  • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

The dinner offers the perfect opportunity to cap off the day, further connect with peers and share what you’ve learned from the sessions. It will also provide a taste of the vibrant local culture. You can purchase tickets for € 90. Dress Code: Business Casual

10 November : DAY 3
7:30 - 8:45

IHF Associations Leaders Circle breakfast (by invitation)

9:00 - 10:30

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

  • Dr. Robyn Begley   Romnick Aguilar   Lord Nigel Crisp   Zipporah Iregi   Dr. Maria Eulàlia Juvé   Prof. Adelaida Zabalegui  
  • Auditorium

Nurses are recognized internationally for their contributions in fighting COVID-19. The pandemic challenged them unlike ever before and they have swiftly adapted to continuously changing situations and guidelines, responded to the needs of patients and their families, delivered care reliably and supported fellow nurses and healthcare workers while maintaining resilient. In this session, the importance of global nursing leadership initiatives such as Nursing Now and the Nightingale Challenge will be presented by Lord Nigel Crisp. Nurse leaders in various roles from around the globe will share successes and innovations, as well as challenges they have faced during the pandemic. In addition, leading practices used to support ongoing resilience and mental health needs and strategies they have employed personally and with their teams will be highlighted. Chaired by: Robyn Begley, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, American Hospital Association; CEO, American Organization for Nursing Leadership, US

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break, exhibition and poster display

  • Exhibition Area and Dining Area

View the list of posters at worldhospitalcongress.org/posters

11:00 - 12:30

Parallel Session: New perspectives in the management of age-related diseases

  • Dr. Mercè Boada   Prof. Andrew J Scott  

This session is hosted by ACE Alzheimer Center Barcelona- GRIFOLS. It will provide the audience with an update on age-related neurodegenerative diseases, from epidemiology and socio-economic burden to the latest advances in research and management. Attendees will hear from top experts discussing new promising research lines to better understand the etiology, the dominant role of aging as a risk factor, and finally, the new horizon in management for these diseases. With a special focus on Alzheimer´s Disease, the innovative therapeutic approach of AMBAR therapy (plasma exchange with albumin replacement), with its first implementation on a Real Word scenario according to the healthcare system capabilities, will be presented.

11:00 - 12:30

Parallel Session: Value driven transformation: World landscape, European and Spanish examples

  • Dr. Francisco de Paula Rodríguez   Prof. Rifat Atun   Dr. Peter Karl Jacobsen   Dr. Marta Sitges  

This session is sponsored 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. Chaired by: Dr. Francisco de Paula Rodríguez, Associate Director, ESADE’s Healthcare Management Program in Madrid; Director Health System Strategy, Medtronic Iberia (Spain and Portugal) Speakers: - Prof. Rifat Atun, Professor of Global Health Systems, Harvard University; Faculty Chair for the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, United States - Peter Karl Jacobsen, Head of Invasive Electrophysiology, Ablation section and Cardiology, Rigshospitalet - Marta Sitges, Cardiologist, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute, Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, Spain

11:00 - 12:30

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

  • Dr. Antoni Plasencia   Dr. Josep Tabernero  

This session is hosted by the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO). The Roundtable discussion will focus 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. Over the past decade, health research institutions globally have continued to join forces with academic hospitals and universities, non-profit foundations, in partnership with many other stakeholders, to lead this translational research paradigm by bridging basic research and access to innovation, and at the same time fostering sustainability of our health systems. Illustrative of how this marriage can expedite advances in healthcare and access to cutting-edge technologies. Dr. Antoni Plasencia of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) will present on progress in the field of global environmental and infectious diseases, Dr. Josep Tabernero from VHIO will highlight just some of the successes celebrated in the field of cancer research, and Dr. Angel Font from “la Caixa” Foundation, will discuss the contribution of a philanthropic organization that supports clinical and translational scientific and health research on diseases.

11:00 - 12:30

Parallel Session: How COVID-19 impacted UHC: Perspectives from global NGOs

  • Dr. Muna Tahlak   Dr. Cary Adams   Prof. Bettina Borisch   Howard Catton   Dr. Carsten Engel   Dr. Oliver Groene  
  • Auditorium

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 will explore how the pandemic impacted progress towards UHC and the recommendations of the representatives of some of the major international NGOs. Chaired by: Dr. Muna AbdulRazzaq Tahlak, Consultant ObGyn & CEO at Latifa Women and Children Hospital, Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

11:00 - 12:30

Parallel Session: Health professionals as the turning point of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Prof. Carlos Pereira Alves   Dr. Rita Coelho   Dr. Carlos Cortes   Prof. Margarida Eiras   Dr. Patrícia Pacheco   Miguel Paiva  

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. In this context, using the results of a survey to health professionals and by presenting three experiences developed in Portuguese hospitals, which demonstrated resilience, singularity and determination, the aim was to find out which motivations and transformations have emerged and which remained, as a response to the new needs. This session will highlight the importance of patients’ and health professionals’ safety, as an essential requirement for safe health systems; Analyze good practices and improvement areas, in health services, as a result of the pandemic; Identify new forms of management and organization and new healthcare practices and recognize the adaptation or creation of new functions within the teams. Chaired by: Prof Carlos Pereira Alves, President, Portuguese Association for Hospital Development (APDH)

11:00 - 12:30

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

  • Dr. Deacons TK Yeung   Dr. Frank WK Chan   Andy C.M. KUNG   Dr. Lap Yip Larry Lee  

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. In addition, HA has setup the Community Treatment Facilities (CTF) using repurposed exhibition halls to be redesigned for healthcare settings so as to manage the COVID surge. In addition, The Hospital Authority Head Office Major Incident Control Centre (HOMICC) acts as a systems’ connection hub to expedite the patient allocation process via close collaboration among different stakeholders within HA and external parties. This session will share the HA overall strategy, challenges of using CTF and the importance of a systems’ connection hub during the pandemic. Chaired by: Dr. Deacons TK Yeung, Director, Cluster Services, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and Networking

  • Exhibiting Area and Dining Area

13:30 - 15:00

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

  • Dr. Josep Figueras   Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Busse   Dr. Nick Fahy   Prof. Marc Noppen   Dr. Dimitra Panteli   Dr. Liisa Maria Voipio Pulkki  
  • Auditorium

This session is organized in collaboration with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. This session will review 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: Telemedicine/technological solutions, skill mix, and bed management. The session will go beyond the innovations themselves which in many instances were already existing in the health systems; to learn lessons about the adoption, implementation and scaling up of innovations. Chaired by: Dr. Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

15:10 - 16:40

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

  • Dr. Nawal Al Kaabi   Dr. Farida Al Hosani   Dr. Omar Najim   Hind Al Zaabi  

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. When COVID-19 hit, in addition to controlling the spread and instilling preventative measures, DoH had to ensure resources availability, access to care, and population health. This was accomplished through effective leadership and engagement of stakeholders to put the appropriate strategy that focused on the prevention of the spread of the infection, putting an effective governance structure, and utilization of advanced technologies for detecting, tracking, monitoring, prediction and decision making. All of these efforts led to global desired outcomes evident by the low infection rates, low mortality rate, and relaxed healthcare system. DoH also worked proactively in reaching out for global collaborations; sharing resources, exchanging knowledge in clinical management, vaccine development and trials, and deployment of innovation and treatments.

15:10 - 16:40

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

  • Lucy Nugent   Holger Höhmann   Philippe Blua   Daniel Greca   Dr. Neale Fong  

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. We have seen our weaknesses, but overall each country has tried to manage the crisis in its own way, even if some coordination efforts have been made. This session will discuss the lessons learnt from and propose new paths based on shared visions. Hospital management should be adapted accordingly. Chaired by: Lucy Nugent, Chief Executive Officer, Tallaght University Hospital, Ireland

15:10 - 16:40

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

  • Ana Elisa Barbar   Dr. Robyn Begley   Dr. Shaheem de Vries   Paul Sarnese  

This session is hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The session will provide a general approach to the issue of violence against and surrounding health care facilities. With the experience of the ICRC and the Health Care in Danger Initiative, there will be a presentation on the reality of violence worldwide, the different expressions of violence and how it affects health services, including how the COVID-19 pandemic brought new challenges. South African representatives will talk about their own challenges and plans to address this reality and provide an angle of how, as health governmental authorities, they see their role in responding to this issue. The American Hospital Association will share its new efforts to develop a comprehensive framework to address violence in the health care setting, mobilizing leadership and bringing the issue of safety to the table. The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety will present technical aspects of looking into security measures, understanding that stand-alone measures might not be always as effective as bringing in a risk-informed and contextually designed intervention. The session will also demonstrate the importance of different stakeholders in the prevention and mitigation of the impact of violence, as well as the existing resources to start working on the topic. Chaired by: Ana Elisa Barbar, Adviser on issues of violence against healthcare, International Committee of the Red Cross

15:10 - 16:40

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

  • Walt Vernon   Dr. Nick Watts  

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. This special session will bring together healthcare executives leading this charge from across the world, to share their stories and strategies. Session participants will learn: Practical guidance on developing organizational advocacy for sustainability; Experiences of leaders accelerating the sustainability agenda in their organizations, providing pragmatic advice on making the business case for ‘green leadership’; Innovative examples of leadership programs and projects focused on responding to the sustainability and climate change agenda.

15:10 - 16:40

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

  • Zain Ismail   Kate Liebelt   Dr. Hector Dami   Yuan-An (Tony) Wu   Dr. Xavier Borras   Dr. Mahmoud Khodadust  

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations. Presentations include: (1) Digital equity and global health care: People, process, and technology; (2) Adapting teleconsultation to the public health system during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Paraguay (3) An emerging eHealth model and its generalizability in the health care system (4) Development and establishment of the Hospital Intelligent Management System (5) Fundació Sanitaria Mollet. Key success factors of its technological evolution to artificial intelligence (6) AI Leadership for Healthcare: Curriculum and evaluation for remote upskilling the workforce to effectively manage AI for healthcare. READ MORE ABOUT EACH PRESENTATION: https://worldhospitalcongress.org/digital-transformation-ai-and-technological-innovations

16:40 - 17:00

Coffee break, exhibition and poster display

  • Exhibition Area and Dining Area

View the list of posters at worldhospitalcongress.org/posters

17:00 - 18:00

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

  • Bruce Compton   Myron Aldrink   Joyce Chang Price   Prof. Shailey Prasad  

This session is hosted by the Catholic Health Association of the United States. In this session, presenters with global health experience, combined with extensive experience in health associations, corporate, academia and standards and accreditation, will discuss the nexus that brings them together and opportunities for collaboration to strengthen local health systems through capacity building. This session will highlight how the four presenters combined interest in improving the impact for patient globally. Through a moderated conversation the presenter will discuss how using research, assessments, partnerships, mentoring and technology they have individually worked to improve the quality and safety in low- and middle-income countries. Chaired by: Bruce Compton, Senior Director, Global Health, Catholic Health Association of the United States

17:00 - 18:00

Parallel Session: Rising to the challenge – JCI Remote Accreditation Surveys

  • Dr. Joel Roos   Linda Klouwens-Verhoeven   Dr. Hung-Yi Hsu  

This session is hosted by Joint Commission International. There is no question that COVID-19 has reshaped the health care environment. Systems were disrupted and global mobility hindered. Healthcare delivery organizations and stakeholders in their respective ecosystems had to be nimble and creative in their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Quality improvement and accreditation organizations such as Joint Commission International have traditionally relied on in-person collaborations with healthcare delivery organizations to maintain international standards in patient care. With global lockdowns and/or travel restrictions in 2020/2021, JCI’s commitment and operation in supporting global patient safety efforts persevered through innovation and resilience. During this session, Joint Commission International will share lessons and experiences in how it leveraged knowledge and technology to ensure operational continuity in supporting global patient safety efforts and accreditation. Speakers will discuss specific areas of innovation while providing success stories from organizations that have successfully adopted new modes to operate and drive lasting improvements.

17:00 - 18:00

Parallel Session: Transforming the health system by pursuing value-based models

  • Mary Mirabelli  

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. Many countries have been experimenting with incentives for care improvement initiatives with varying results. Lessons learned from various countries’ leaders will help in determining your own journey and implementation. A panel discussion will include what is working, what is not, similarities and differences in approaches. You will learn about how to: Identify opportunities for reducing costs and improving the quality of care, develop a comprehensive and integrated team of caregivers and managers, establish targets and key results that matter, build a culture of continual improvement and resiliency, and develop a culture of collaboration to ensure sustainability. Chaired by: Mary Mirabelli, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Healthcare Financial Management Association, United States

17:00 - 18:00

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

  • Julie Cerese   Dr. David Levine  

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. However, when harnessing data for strategic decision-making, knowing where to start is often the biggest hurdle. The challenge of data-driven decision-making is taking an abundance of ‘big data’, organizing it, and connecting quality and financial metrics to drive decision-making. This special session, hosted by the IHF’s ‘Harnessing Big Data’ Special Interest Group (www.ihf-fih.org/activities/special-interest-groups/harnessing-big-data) will bring together healthcare leaders from across the world to share their stories and strategies about navigating the complexities of ‘big data’. Session participants will hear and learn from: (1) Case studies, from across the world, focused on how leaders use data to well-informed decisions for organizational improvement and growth. (2) Pragmatic advice from subject matter experts on how to report, compare and analyze data for executive decision-making at the C-suite level.

17:00 - 18:00

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

  • Johanna Cáceres Terán   Dr. Bernardo Ramirez   Dr. Daniel J. West Jr.   Prof. Louis Jenkins   Dr. Zilla North   Dr. Dominique Allwood  

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations. Presentations include: (1) Taking care of those who deliver care. A new role to be undertaken by ORPD in healthcare organizations; (2) A model for humanistic leadership engagement and collaboration for effective healthcare transformation; (3) Values-driven leadership for health sector reform; (4) Expanding community impact in the UK through strategic human resource management: The potential for the NHS as an anchor institution (5) Enabling a system dialogue on the Catalan healthcare basket assessing how to enhance health services planning with a territorial focus. READ MORE ABOUT EACH PRESENTATION: https://worldhospitalcongress.org/empowering-supporting-and-giving-leadership/

17:00 - 18:00

Parellel Session: Sanidad Transfronteriza (Cross-border Healthcare)

This session is in Spanish and is hosted by SEDISA. Dar a conocer experiencias de iniciativas de éxito en Sanidad Transfronteriza, analizar los retos y aportaciones de las mismas desde el punto de vista de la Gestión Sanitaria, el modelo de atención, etcétera. Chaired by: Francisco Marí Marí, CEO Hospital Universitario Son Llàtzer de Palma de Mallorca and SEDISA GC board member

18:00 - 19:00

IHF Awards Ceremony

  • Auditorium

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.

21:00 - 22:00

Social-cultural night at Palau de la Música Catalana

  • Palau de la Música Catalana

We invite you to join us at Palau de la Música Catalana for a special cultural evening. Tickets can be purchased for € 20. Proceeds will be donated to Fundació La Marató de TV3. The Fundació La Marató de TV3 was created in 1996 by the Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation with the mission of fostering and promoting biomedical research of excellence, as well as raising social awareness about the diseases dealt with in the television programme La Marató de TV3, by means of campaigns involving the public and also through publicity and educational events. Dress Code: Business Casual

11 November : DAY 4
07:30 - 08:30

Women in Leadership Forum Breakfast (by invitation)

  • Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE  

Chaired by Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, President and CEO at the American College of Healthcare Executives and President Designate at the IHF.

8:30 - 10:00

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

  • Richard Stubbs   Dr. Preetha Reddy   Dr. Anne Snowdon   Dr. Heidi Sveistrup   Dr. Yulun Wang  
  • Auditorium

The session will focus 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. Instead, the session will demonstrate how technology-enabled healthcare actually has huge potential to better humanize healthcare and deliver a more personable and dedicated patient experience. The session will focus on how healthcare systems and services have fundamentally changed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and how digitally enabled healthcare is now a mainstay of many hospital services around the world. The session will consider what this means for humanizing healthcare- has this introduction of technology always had the desired effect and impact, or is there more work to be done? Chaired by: Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, United Kingdom

10:00 - 11:30

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

  • Sophie Beaupère   Prof. Mario Campone   Julien Guérin   Prof. Anne Laprie  

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. Data sciences and AI are one of the major strategic axes of Unicancer, the French federation of comprehensive cancer centres (FCCC). With the ultimate objective of improving patients’ outcomes and quality of life, Unicancer is playing a central role in providing the scientific community with robust real-life epidemiological data. In this session, experts will describe the Unicancer flagship programs ESME, the largest European source of real-world data in oncology, and Consore, a powerful search engine for health big data. They will also illustrate other innovative projects within our network, such as UNIBASE, OncoSNIPE, Precision Predict, DeepSarc and Ependymomics. Chaired by: Sophie Beaupère, Chief Executive Officer, UNICANCER, France

10:00 - 11:30

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

  • Kylie Woolcock   Vicki Bennett   Dr. Kate Charlesworth   Dr. Arnagretta Hunter  

This session is hosted by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Sustainability is a multifaceted concept that continues to evolve depending on the perspectives of different sectors. Fundamental, though, is the challenge to shift thinking away from humans and nature being separate in the world, and their activities and effects being compartmentalized. A value-based approach to health care is being used to transform health systems facing challenges to sustainability, yet environmental sustainability is typically considered independently, with limited evidence of initiatives purposefully aligning the two concepts in practice. This session will explore alignment of the principles of value-based health care and environmental sustainability. Discussions will explore the responsibility of the health system and the need to ensure improvement in health outcomes at both an individual and population level. Methods of measuring and monitoring the environmental and climate change impacts of delivering care will also be explored, along with the role of health leadership in promoting climate and health public messaging, innovation, and change. Chaired by: Kylie Woolcock, Policy Director, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, Australia

10:00 - 11:00

Parallel Session: How hospitals are battling COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

  • Dr. Hamid Ravaghi  

This session is hosted by the WHO EMRO. When the world was hit by COVID-19, countries had to be agile, resourceful and innovative as they strived to survive the pandemic. Hospital CEOs from the Eastern Mediterranean region will share how they responded even with limited resources. The session will explore their innovative approaches, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them, as well as key lessons learned. Chaired by: Dr. Hamid Ravaghi

10:00 - 11:30

Parallel Session: 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.

10:00 - 11:30

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

  • Dr. Jesus Caballero   Kira Koch   Dr. Antònia Baraldés-Farré   Dr. Luis Castillón Torre   Eilish Hardiman   Trevor Murphy  

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations. Presentations include: (1) Healthcare adaptation to COVID pandemic in dispersed population territories; driven by people, new processes and technology; (2) People at the center of policy-making: Best practices in institutionalizing social participation; (3) Repurposing of the Hospital-at-Home (HaH) unit towards an integrative assistance model (4) Optimizing the patient pathway in the cataract surgery with a Lean Six Sigma approach (5) Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) and the transformation of children’s healthcare for 25% of our citizens (6) Patient Safety Culture Assessment in the hospital care setting in the Eastern Mediterranean Region Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (7) CHECK COVID-19: An assessment model for evaluating COVID-19 management in a tertiary care hospital. READ MORE ABOUT EACH PRESENTATION: https://worldhospitalcongress.org/reshaping-healthcare-delivery-to-a-borderless-system

10:00 - 11:30

Parallel Session: Buen Gobierno y autonomía de la gestión (Governance and autonomous management)

This session is in Spanish and is hosted by SEDISA. Analizar y debatir sobre los retos y medidas para el Buen Gobierno en las Organizaciones Sanitarias, los beneficios de la Autonomía de la Gestión desde el Buen Gobierno y aportar experiencias de este ámbito. Chaired by: Ramón Cunillera, President Catalan Healthcare Management Society

11:30 - 12:30

Brunch and Networking

  • Exhibition Area and Dining Area

12:30 - 14:00

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

  • Walt Vernon   Anthony Stanowski   Dr. Daniel J. West Jr.   Marta Sánchez Bret   Dr. Ramon Escuriet   Dr. Daniel Moreno Martinez  

Learn and be inspired by brief presentations of innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations. Presentations include: (1) National Academy Of Medicine position on climate and healthcare; (2) Building sustainable initiatives with accredited graduate healthcare management educational programs; (3) Mental Health Cluster 2021 projects and initiatives; (4) A tale of two transformations: Trans people and Health System, sharing the pathway towards an integrated model of care; (5) Driving international healthcare transformation through a collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship programme; (6) Portuguese Registry of Clinical Outcomes in Cataract Surgery (CS): First report and next steps.; (7) Building the medicine of the 21st century based on bioengineering. READ MORE ABOUT EACH PRESENTATION: https://worldhospitalcongress.org/dynamic-visions-of-adding-value

12:30 - 14:00

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. Presentations include: (1) Health-Circuit: Digital health tool for personalised continuum of care management: Cluster randomized controlled trial; (2) Development of an App to support clinical decision-making and promote the standardization of practice of pediatric nurses; (3) Patient-centered care at Grup Mutuam with Ekon Health platform; (4) Impact of the implementation of an in-hospital multidisciplinary 3D planning Unit (4 years’ experience); (5) Innovative UVC technology - decontamination solutions dedicated to hospitals & medical sectors; (6) COVID-19 pandemic: Effect on patient utilization of telemedicine in Dubai Health Authority (DHA); (7) How did we manage to start remote care process in few weeks?; (8) Telehealth adoption by international patients at a major US academic medical center during COVID-19; (9) Developing a tele-neonatology program in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic; (10) Artificial Intelligence-based predictive algorithm for strategic planning of surgical demand and compliance with waiting lists deadlines; (11) Enabling an Artificial Intelligence and machine learning infrastructure to improve patient care and outcomes by improving healthcare data analytics; (12) Is informed consent necessary when using Artificial Intelligence as clinical decision support? READ MORE ABOUT EACH TALK AND THE PRESENTERS: https://worldhospitalcongress.org/transforming-healthcare-delivery-with-digital-tools-and-ai

12:30 - 14:00

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. Presentations include: (1) The implication of an administration, aside from its official capabilities, to support medical services and the most fragile population; (2) Exposing Obstetric Violence to improve rights-based and respectful maternal care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR); (3) KSA vision 2030 in leading the way for changes in humanistic leadership across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; (4) A social approach of health care institutions: 10 years of social contribution to local territory; (5) Development of an effective system of provision of services, the Mediker experience; (6) The “Jo Innovo” contest as a tool for professional-led innovation strategy at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital; (7) A new ICU model: The architecture at the service of person-centered care and patient protocol; (8) Highly realistic clinical simulation to involve field professionals in decisions about work environments and processes; (9) Raising awareness to health professionals about emotional needs of families suffering perinatal loss through a short documentary; (10) Integrated Responsibility Centres: Illustrations of professionals' initiative for improved performance and service response in a tertiary teaching hospital in Lisbon; (11) Setting of multidisciplinary teams for inherited kidney diseases at Puigvert Foundation-Hospital Sant Pau; (12) Casuistics and comorbidity of the patient with COVID; (13) Reducing length of stay of six cardiac lesions to meet the international standards; (14) Support and information service for women with breast cancer during chemotherapy sessions; (15) Do patients have a "clinic eye"? Comparison among health centers in Catalonia according to user's satisfaction; (16) Unitary action on World Diabetes Day in an urban territory. READ MORE ABOUT EACH TALK AND THE PRESENTERS: https://worldhospitalcongress.org/putting-people-at-the-center-of-the-healthcare-system

12:30 - 14:00

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. Presentations include: (1) Accreditation in 2030; (2) Pandemic drives health care provider and industry partnership ; (3) Establishment of the clean clinic for women and child health services, in Dubai Health Authority during the COVID-19 pandemic; (4) Surgical operating safety during COVID: Multipurpose operating room; (5) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Health System transformation: A global case study of establishing a new health cluster; (6) A singular partnership between civil society and Government: Matching good will with professional governance to provide high complex pediatric care; (7) Transforming Home-care at scale: Tech-enabler and human-centered to deliver superior output; (8) Centralisation policy for complex cancer treatments in Catalonia (Spain): Easy to audit and edit?; (9) Quality-of-life measurement as a tool to improve hospital practices: The Feel’HAD study; (10) Beyond measuring: Cultural change towards measuring patient outcomes and continuous improvement of the Stroke care pathway; (11) Payment-by-results Schemes for new cancer drugs: 10 years experience from a comprehensive cancer center, Catalan Institute of Oncology; (12) Macro-process of surgical patient management: A value-based healthcare project; (13) Breast Cancer Patients (BCPS): First results of shared follow-up between Primary Care and hospital (ACMA); (14) Central Lisbon University Hospital Centre Ambulance Transportation management quality improvement program; (15) How to optimize frail patient care in a Hemodialysis unit: New challenges; (16) Cost-effectiveness of test biomarkers pre-hospital guided tPA in patients with stroke: Markov model. READ MORE ABOUT EACH TALK AND THE PRESENTERS: https://worldhospitalcongress.org/transformative-approaches-to-add-value-to-healthcare-provision

14:00 - 14:45

Closing Ceremony

  • Auditorium

Hble. Mr. Josep M Argimon. Catalan Health Minister* and H.E. Awadh Al Ketbi, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority* will provide keynote addresses. Ronald Lavater, CEO of the International Hospital Federation will provide brief remarks and announce the winner of the Best Poster Award. Sr. Enric Mangas, President of La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals (Catalan Hospital, Health and Social and Services Association) and Roser Fernández, CEO of La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals, will hand over the World Hospital Congress to Dubai Health Authority, the host of the 2022 edition. Finally, Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, President-Designate of the International Hospital Federation, will officially close the event. *To be confirmed

15:00 - 18:00

Hospital site visits

You can sign-up to join one of the site visits offered to Congress delegates at an additional cost of € 30 (part of the proceeds will be donated to charity). You can book your slot during registration.