Thank-you Message from the ME Forum Organizing Committee of Hamad Medical Corporation

We would like to thank all delegates who attended the first Middle East Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare in Doha from 17 to 19 May 2013. This Forum brought together more than 2,500 local, regional and international experts to discuss quality improvement imperatives and challenges facing the medical profession.

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Qatar’s principal public healthcare provider, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a recognized international leader in healthcare improvement and innovation, collaborated to bring this three-day event to the region for the first time. The event, which gathered hospital administrators, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals from Qatar and the wider GCC region, provided a unique setting for knowledge sharing.

The Forum introduced the IHI’s internationally recognized methodology and expertise to the Middle East and helped to place quality of patient care on the regional healthcare agenda. The program was focused on sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience, not just from the IHI experts but all the other professional attendees.

We hope you will continue to reap the benefits of knowledge sharing from the Forum and find ways in which you can translate what you have learned into quality improvements in your own working area. Our work has a direct connection with the lives and health of our patients and it is important to sustain the connections of shared experience that we have made at the Forum. This invaluable opportunity to debate, learn and to build new partnerships for improvement was just the start of a new era of quality improvement in healthcare in the Middle East.

Prof. Michael Richmond
Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs

Mr. Gary Needle
Chief of Planning and Performance

Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal
Deputy Chief of Medical, Academic and Research Affairs, Medical Education