Doha, Qatar, 13 April 2015 – (Press Release) – The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), in partnership with Imperial College London, has announced its first event in the Leading Health Systems Network’s (LHSN) Safer Care Webinar Series: Involving the Patient in Safer Care.

Taking place on 15 April, the webinar will discuss how placing patients at the centre of care and engaging them as full partners is essential for any patient safety effort. The featured speaker is Margaret Murphy, External Lead Advisor for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Patients for Patient Safety Program, a network of 300 patient safety champions from 52 countries with 19 collaborating organisations.

Following the death of her son in 1999 as a result of medical error, Margaret Murphy has been actively involved as a patient safety advocate. She is also a Member of the Steering Committee of the Patients for Patient Safety strand of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety; a Member of the inaugural steering committee of the World Alliance for Patient Safety Collaborative Centre for Patient Safety Solutions; and a Council Member of the Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Though clinicians typically take the lead with regards to patient safety, it is imperative for patients and their families to remain involved and vigilant. As stated by Margaret Murphy, “You ignore at your peril the concerns of a mother.”

WISH is spearheaded by Qatar Foundation to inspire and diffuse healthcare innovation and best practice. It remains closely aligned to the vision and mission of QF to unlock human potential and reinforces Qatar’s pioneering role as an emerging centre for healthcare innovation.

WISH launched the LHSN Safer Care Accelerator Programme last month to share best practice and inspire health systems worldwide to provide safer care for patients. The year-long programme will bring together a global network of healthcare organisations to exchange insights, experiences, and data on the topic of patient safety, culminating in the publication of a global report. So far, 16 organisations spanning six continents have joined the effort.

Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH, said: “Healthcare systems globally have increasingly recognised the importance of improving patient safety, however, despite a century of evolving practice, technology, and trillions of dollars in investment, the storyline is the same: heartbreaking stories caused by preventable harm. Through the Safer Care Accelerator, we hope to provide learnings, insights and recommendations to enable healthcare leaders and policymakers to better prioritise initiatives that will improve safety, experience and outcomes for patients, crucially saving lives and reducing the burden on healthcare budgets.”

The Safer Care Accelerator Programme is part of WISH and Imperial College London’s LHSN initiative. Established in 2009, LHSN has worked with 21 health systems in 11 countries helping them to overcome the challenges they face in providing high value care to the populations they serve. Members of LHSN compare performance relative to their peers, learn from experts and frontline implementers during webinars, and are active members in a community committed to care improvement and innovation.

To learn more about WISH, please visit: www.wish.org.qa.

About the World Innovation Summit for Health:

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices. WISH is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, its Chairperson.

The inaugural WISH Summit took place in Doha in 2013 and convened more than 1,000 global healthcare leaders. Through international summits and a range of on-going initiatives, WISH is creating a global community of leading innovators in healthcare policy, research and industry.

Together, they are harnessing the power of innovation to overcome the world’s most urgent healthcare challenges and inspire other stakeholders to action.

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organisation that is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. WISH was co-founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF.

QF carries out its mission through three strategic pillars: education, science and research, and community development. QF’s education pillar brings world-class universities to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. Meanwhile, its science and research pillar builds Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercialising solutions through key sciences. Finally, its community development pillar helps foster a progressive society while also enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.

For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qa

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