AAMI News July 2018

Arab Hospitals Federation Holds Annual Forum

By Riad Farah, CHTM, a medical engineering manager at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon

Arab Hospitals Federation
The forum drew high-level representatives from various Arab ministries of health, Arab Hospitals Federation board members, and other healthcare leaders in the region.

The Arab Hospitals Federation held its 19th annual forum April 29–30 in Muscat, Oman. With more than 420 delegates, the forum provided an ideal venue for health ministers, key decision makers, and C-level executives of hospitals and healthcare organizations across the Arab region to discuss key drivers of healthcare policy, management, and service delivery.

The Arab Hospitals Federation is a nonprofit organization that represents public and private hospitals, medical centers, institutions, and organizations directly connected with the provision of healthcare in 22 Arab countries. Its annual forum offers a unique platform for networking with high-level decision makers in the Arab healthcare sector and allows attendees to share their input on healthcare policies and standards.

This year’s forum, which centered on the theme “partnering to develop the healthcare sector,” focused on the role various stakeholders could play in developing healthcare through vision and strategies, innovation, accreditation, quality management, health tourism, leadership, governance, talent management, a safety culture, and healthcare technology management. It included interactive sessions, plenary lectures, panel discussions, and workshops presented by experts in the field, as well as a specialized medical exhibition.

“All the participants I met considered this forum to be one of the most successful forums in which they participated in the region during the past few years in terms of organization, sessions, debates, and plenary lectures,” said Ahmed Salim Mandhari, director general of the Quality Assurance Center for the Ministry of Health in Oman.