The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is the successor to the International Hospital Association, which was established in 1929 after the first International Hospital Congress in Atlantic City, USA. The Association ceased to function during the Second World War, but was revived-with a new title-in 1947 by some of the pre-war members, under the presidency of the late Dr René Sand of Belgium. It is constituted under the Civil Code of Switzerland. The Secretariat which since 1947 was based in London, moved in November 2002 to Ferney Voltaire, France (Greater Geneva Area).
The International Hospital Federation is the global association of healthcare organizations, which includes in particular, but not exclusively, hospital associations and representative bodies as well as their members and other health care related organizations. The character of the IHF is that of an independent, not for profit, non-governmental organization.
As the worldwide body for hospitals and health care organizations it develops and maintains a spirit of cooperation and communication among them, with the primary goal of improving the health of society. More specifically, the role of the IHF is to help international hospitals work towards improving the level of the services they deliver to the population regardless of that population’s ability to pay. The IHF recognizes the essential role of hospitals and health care organizations in providing health care, supporting health services and offering education. The IHF is a unique arena for all major hospital and health care associations to cooperate to act upon their critical concerns.
IHF also owns a company, World Hospital (WH) which is dedicated to supporting IHF’s goals through collaborative events, publications, and projects.
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Patient Safety - An Introduction For Healthcare Professionals
Tuesday, 21 February, 2012
Providing care service is a challenging task. It involves a mix of stakeholders, each with its own role and interest. While the centre is patient care, the need for some form of rules and regulation is obvious to not only safeguard the varying interests but also to harmonize the delivery of care.
Administrators, supervisors and particularly direct care-givers (nurses and the likes) need to be aware of various threats in healthcare delivery.
This workshop intends to provide participants – expectedly direct care-givers - a round idea of what Patient Safety is as a discipline in its own right. It includes looking into the healthcare environment for causes as well as resources for disciplined efforts to safeguard patient safety including the role of ethics and law.
Dr Mohd Helmi Ismail, MD, MBA
Dr Helmi is currently Medical Director at the leading Managed Care Organisation since 1999. He started his medical career in 1983 at Kuala Lumpur Hospital and later held a teaching post at UKM’s Medical Faculty before leaving for private family practice. Pursuing MBA in 1997 brought him to PMCare where he now still serves.
He regularly gives talk in Wellness covering a wide range of topics and occasionally has stints as a Team-Building Trainer, He has been called to teach Master in Public Health (Healthcare Administration) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia as well as Bachelor in Healthcare Administration at Universiti Teknologi MARA.
In 2009 and 2010 he conducted a two-day workshop in Medical Law and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals for APHM.
His daily work also evolve around Patient Care with numerous encounters involving medical misadventures. Naturally, patient Safety is his concern and he has been called to voice his opinion on mediates in these cases.