Hamad Medical Corporations (HMC) Corporate Quality and Patient Safety Department (CQPS) has collaborated with the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) to hold the first Qatar Summit for Healthcare Risk Management. The summit, which is believed to be the first of its kind held in the region, was attended by over 400 healthcare professionals and featured tools and techniques designed to identify and evaluate the healthcare risk factors that directly affect patient safety and the quality of care delivered.
The two-day event, which took place earlier this month, featured an opening address from His Excellency Sheikh Bandar Bin Mohamed Bin Saud Al Thani, Qatars President of the State Audit Bureau, and ASHRM President, Denise Shope.
Dr Moza Abdullatif Al Ishaq, who is the Executive Director, Clinical Transformation, Corporate Quality and Patient Safety and QSHRM Chairperson, said that the main goal of the summit was to highlight risk-reducing innovations in healthcare, to improve patient safety, and to create value for hospitals and healthcare organizations. She said the gathering was intended to focus attention on the critical issues surrounding healthcare risk management.
"At HMC, we have taken many bold steps on our patient safety journey. As we build and nurture our patient safety initiatives, we need to encourage all our staff to embrace change and to be a catalyst for improvements in our system. In particular, change concerning our service delivery, with an emphasis on minimizing the risk of patient safety incidents and striving toward a zero harm tolerance level," she said.
Healthcare risk management involves the identification and evaluation of risks as a means to reduce injury to patients, staff, and visitors. It is designed to proactively or reactively prevent patient safety risks or to minimize damages following an event.
Dr Al Ishaq said risk management is important because it relates to human lives and how safe people are when they use healthcare facilities. She said developing and improving the skills of staff not only ensures HMC is equipped to provide the safest, most effective, and most compassionate care to patients, but also honors the trust patients and their families place in HMC every day.
Speaking about the Qatar Summit for Healthcare Risk Management, Shope said her organization was pleased to partner with HMC, noting the event marked the first international collaboration for the US-based healthcare group.
"It is a great honor to be asked to share our experience and knowledge with our colleagues in Qatar. One of ASHRMs Core Values is collaboration and we are pleased to participate in the inaugural QSHRM conference. We hope that this initial journey will help to support the practice of healthcare risk management in Qatar and the building of a strong relationship between our organizations that will continue for many years to come," she said.
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