The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) is a unique global forum that brings together leaders, executives and decision-makers  of hospitals, health services, and healthcare organizations to discuss key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions. Through this forum multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences are facilitated, together with dialogue on best practices in leadership, management and service delivery aimed at improving the overall health and wellness of our patients and communities.

The 44th World Hospital Congress is being hosted by La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals (UCH) on 8-11 November 2021 as a hybrid event with the overarching theme “People on board: Transforming healthcare by blending agility, responsiveness, and resilience

The Congress was supposed to take place in November 2020 but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, IHF and UCH have made the decision to postpone it. Nevertheless, the purpose of this Congress remains intact and moving it to 2021 provides us an enhanced opportunity to exchange knowledge and best practices on healthcare transformations driven by people, value and technology. Considering how the COVID-19 crisis has challenged healthcare organizations, we also have to discuss how these transformations contribute to the enhancement of responsiveness, flexibility and resilience of healthcare systems and hospitals.

Transformation requires holistic and coordinated efforts from everyone, focused on changing people’s needs and the need to transform healthcare in order to achieve valuable results in this interaction between people and their healthcare and social care system. The COVID crisis has taught us this and many more. Although amidst extremely hard times, healthcare and people have been able to face the crisis and adapt.

Through this 2nd Call for Abstracts open to IHF members and non-members, we want to discover projects and programs which demonstrate transformations that have been key to achieve agility, guarantee adequate responsiveness and improve the resilience of healthcare systems and hospitals. If you have a compelling presentation to share with the leaders of hospitals and healthcare service organizations from around the world, submit your abstract now.

As a hybrid event, all sessions will be live-streamed to virtual attendees in a dedicated event platform where they can also interact with fellow participants, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors. Presenters who are not able to travel to Barcelona can also present virtually.

For more information on the submission of abstracts click here!

Important dates:

Submission deadline: 16 April (23:59 UTC/GMT)
Notification to accepted oral presentations: 18 June
Notification to accepted posters: 30 June
Registration deadline: 31 July

For inquiries please contact:
Patricia Mencias
Subject: Abstract submission
Email: congress@ihf-fih.org

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