Editorial: Global evidence on inequities in rural health protection
The International Labour Organization has released a paper that presents global estimates on rural/urban disparities in access to health-care services.
The evidence provided in the paper suggests that inequalities in coverage and access to health care exist globally, in every region and nearly every country.
People living in rural areas face different problems than people living in towns or cities and this study is one step to try to find a positive policy response to ensure the fundamental rights to health and social protection to the those less fotunate.
In the same order of ideas, The IHF will hold a special session on Tuesday 6 October at the next World Hospital Congress in Chicago entitled "The Role of Rural/Local Hospitals in Providing Care in Remote Areas" where three representatives of rural healthcare providers will share their experiences and knowledge in providing healthcare delivery services to the rural population.
We invite you to read the report from the ILO and hope to see you soon in Chicago.
39th World Hospital Congress - Early bird
Chicago. October 6 - 8 2015 IHF Chicago will provide a unique opportunity for visionary health care leaders from across the globe to exchange ideas and best practices. Register Now ! Early bird registration Read more (...)
Online public consultation on the draft WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services
The IHF has been invited to contribute to the WHO Global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services through providing testimonials or personal experiences on hospital management and provision of services.Today we are kindly inviting you to participate in this survey which aims to critically review the Strategy's strengths and weaknesses and gather valuable inputs to inform its implementation. The deadline for responses is 15 July 2015. Results will be compiled in a report to be published in the coming months.The survey is estimated to take about 15-30 minutes. We thank you in advance for your contribution. Follow this link to participate Read more (...)
Pollack draws praise as pick to lead American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association has chosen Richard Pollack, its longtime lead lobbyist, to succeed Richard Umbdenstock as CEO. Hospital leaders say Pollack is the right pick, even though he never led a hospital or health system. Mr. Umbdenstock will retire from his roles at the end of 2015. Read more (...)
WHO Round Up
WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services
The WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services represents a call for a fundamental shift in the way health services are funded, managed and delivered. This is urgently needed to meet the challenges being faced nowadays by health systems around the world. The fact that people are living longer, along with the burden of treating long-term chronic conditions and preventable illnesses which often require multiple complex interventions, means that pressure on health systems continues to grow. Moreover, universal health coverage will not be achieved without improvements in the delivery of health services. Unless a people-centred and integrated health services approach is adopted, health care will become increasingly fragmented, inefficient and unsustainable. Read more (...)
Hubs to spread technology and save lives
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2015 The patent on an expensive preventive treatment for respiratory syncytial virus infections expires this year. A WHO technology transfer hub in the Netherlands aims to help developing countries make the drug themselves. Gary Humphreys reports. Read more (...)
SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - Participate in the survey
Are you a hospital or health-care facility wanting to improve infection control?
The 2nd WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey starts on 1st June 2015 and will be open until 10 September 2015. The Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework ( http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/hhsa_framework/en/) provides a situation analysis of hand hygiene resources, promotion and practices within health-care facilities. After completing the Framework, facilities can also use and adapt the WHO Template Action Plans ( http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/EN_PSP_GPSC1_5May_2012/en/ ) to implement plans for local improvement based upon the Framework results. Read more (...)
From International Organizations
More than half of the global rural population excluded from health care
A new ILO report shows that 56 per cent of people living in rural areas worldwide do not have access to essential health-care services ' more than double the figure in urban areas, where 22 per cent are not covered.The report Global evidence on inequities in rural health protection: New data on rural deficits in health coverage for 174 countries reveals major health access disparities between rural and urban areas around the globe, particularly in developing countries. Read more (...)
Global patient voice takes step forward as IAPO names new CEO
The Governing Board of the International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO) has announced the appointment of Mr Kawaldip Sehmi as the new Chief Executive Officer of IAPO. Mr Sehmi joins the organization with extensive public health experience at national and international level and starts his leadership role with immediate effect. Read more (...)
Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy - 12 May 2015
Alcohol consumption has fallen slightly in OECD countries over the past twenty years. But young people and women are drinking more. Alcohol is becoming more easily available, more affordable and advertised more effectively. Worldwide, alcohol is a leading cause of ill health and premature mortality. It accounts for 1 in 17 deaths, and for an even larger proportion of disabilities, especially in men. Read more (...)
Hospitals and Services Worlwide News
A modelling tool for policy analysis to support the design of efficient and effective policy responses for complex public health problems
Jo-An Atkinson et al., Published in Implementation Science 2015 Background: In the design of public health policy, a broader understanding of risk factors for disease across the life course, and an increasing awareness of the social determinants of health, has led to the development of more comprehensive, cross-sectoral strategies to tackle complex problems. However, comprehensive strategies may not represent the most efficient or effective approach to reducing disease burden at the population level. Rather, they may act to spread finite resources less intensively over a greater number of programs and initiatives, diluting the potential impact of the investment. While analytic tools are available that use research evidence to help identify and prioritise disease risk factors for public health action, they are inadequate to support more targeted andeffective policy responses for complex public health problems. Read more (...)
A Special Issue on Innovations in Health Care System Reform in OECD Countries
by Sanni Yaya and Georges Danhoundo, Published in The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Volume 20(1), 2015 Health care systems can be seen as a house, with financing and service provision as two pillars resting on a foundation of shared values, perceptions and guiding principles. The roof would then represent the regulation of the interactions between service providers, financing agencies, and potential beneficiaries such as patients (Rothgang et al., 2010: 11). Health care systems in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries seem to be in a state of permanent change, i.e. they seem to continuously strive to adjust to economic, political, and social demands. Indeed, the economic recession that followed the oil price shocks of the 1970s marked the end of the Golden Age of the welfare state and triggered a range of cost containment measures in OECD countries that have continued over four decades up to the present. Read more (...)
The Value-Based Hospital - A transformation agenda for the health care providers
Elisabeth Hansson et al., Published by The Boston Consulting Group In response to an extraordinary combination of pressures, leading health-care providers around the world are embracing a new operating model: the value-based hospital. In the first of a series of articles, BCG describes the new model and explains why it is a fundamentally better way of delivering care and running a provider organization. Read more (...)
Japan - 65th JHA Congress 2015 Karuizawa
June 18 ' 19, Nagano, JapanOrganized by the Japan Hospital Association Read more (...)
Switzerland - H+ Congress
November 11 - Berne"La santé: un enjeu de pouvoir" - "Das Gesundheitswesen ' die Machtfrage"Organized by H+ Les Hôpitaux de Suisse Read more Read more (...)
Korea - 6th Korea Healthcare Congress 2015
November 12 ' 13, 63 Convention Center, Seoul, Korea Korean Hospital Association Read more (...)
Germany - German Hospital Conference
November 16 ' 19, Düsseldorf (Gesellschaft Deutscher Krankenhaustag DKT) Read more (...)
Germany - 3rd Joint EUROPEAN Hospital Conference
November 19 - Düsseldorf Organized by European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE), the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) and the European Association of Hospital Physicians (AEMH) Read more (...)
GS1 - HPAC webinar
Thursday 2nd July 2015 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS): The Adoption of GS1 standards - A Provider's Approach click here to register Read more (...)