On behalf of everyone at IHI and our partners at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), I’m delighted to welcome you to this year’s Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare. HMC continues to be a leader in implementing innovations as well as proven approaches that can significantly improve the safety and quality of care. This Forum is a crucial opportunity for people from all over the Middle East to come together to learn and share ideas.
The challenges are shared by all of us. We are all trying to the Triple Aim of better care, better public health, and lower costs. Across the globe, we continue to see the increasing burdens of chronic disease, putting pressure on our health systems at every level. Through this Forum, we aim to share in the accumulated knowledge and experience of those who are in the midst of addressing these challenges. I’m so impressed with the commitment to improvement, quality, and safety I’ve seen in the leaders and caregivers in the Middle East. And this commitment will be on full display at this event – with leaders, experts, and delegates all sharing the lessons and inspiring future generations of healthcare leaders.
Accomplishing IHI’s mission of improving health and health care worldwide relies on steadily increasing the number of professionals who understand, and use, the science of improvement. This is what makes gatherings like this Middle East Forum so important. The Forum leverages the expertise, experience, and skill of those engaged in improvement to reach more and more health professionals who then, in turn, bring that accumulated knowledge back to their own organizations. Each year, the learning multiplies – with a deepening understanding of how the core concepts of improvement are best adapted to specific circumstances and contexts. This is essential to accelerating the pace of improvement.
Together this week, we will learn, be inspired, meet new colleagues, catch up with old ones, and take away with us new and actionable ideas to improve health and healthcare.
Enjoy the Forum.
President and CEO
Institute for Healthcare Improvement