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Recent trends in life expectancy across high income countries: retrospective observational study
 
  This study reports that a decline in life expectancy was observed during 2014-15 in the majority of 18 high income countries. It also reports the causes that drove these declines, such as deaths related to respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease. The authors conclude that this decline in life expectancy was more than compensated during 2015-16 in most of the countries. However, life expectancy stagnated or continued to decline in both the United Kingdom and the United States raising questions about future trends in these countries.  
 
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7 weeks to go until the World Hospital Congress
 
  Leaders of hospital and healthcare organizations around the globe will come together in October to share best practices and innovations and discuss how healthcare needs to evolve to meet 21st century demands. Value-based care, integrated care and digital transformation will all be covered in a variety of keynote speeches, panel discussions, concurrent sessions and poster sessions in a span of 3 days. View the program here
Hear from experts around the world about the latest innovations and the transformation of healthcare. Join the discussions - share your insights on current issues and contribute your ideas for the improvement of health service delivery.
Don't miss the once-in-20 year opportunity to explore Brisbane, Australia while learning from the best! IHF members get the discounted rate of AUD 1,650. To get an additional AUD 100 off, find the koala with the special promo code hidden in the Congress website
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What is the experience of decentralized hospital governance in Europe?
 
  This brief published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe examines the experiences of decentralized hospital governance in 10 European countries (Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Scotland, Spain and Sweden). It documents examples of systems with decentralized hospitalization to address the issues of efficiency and equity, but notes that it is not possible to transfer the experience of one country to another because of different institutional contexts and policies across countries.  
 
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  IHF knowledge exchange  
 
IHF knowledge exchange
 
  Get to know more about "management" browsing through the repositories of both posters and of the projects awarded during the World Hospital Congresses (WHC). The posters are presentations of researches and practices implemented in health facilities and presented during the WHC. They were subject to a selection process and cover the same topics covered during the IHF annual events. The IHF Secretariat is working on improving the access to these resources. These resources are free of access. Both the posters selected and the projects awarded at the 42nd World Hospital Congress in Brisbane will be available on the website after the event.
Posters are accessible here, awarded projects are accessible here.
 
     
 
 
   
 
Transforming health care delivery: Achieving better outcomes and affordability
 
  The American Hospital Association gathered hospital representatives at the AHA Health Forum's Critical to learn innovative strategies and technologies that put patients at the center, break down barriers and bring care closer to home. The event's report provides the strategies implemented by invited speakers and presents three case studies. In the first case study, K. Mahoney from Penn Medicine mentioned that a mobile app has been implemented to give patients access to all of their health information to give them more control over when and how they seek care while staying connected to them.   
 
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ISQua's publications
 
 

Developing patient safety system using WHO tool in hospitals in Oman

This article published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care in July is on the use of the WHO tool, the Patient Safety Friendly Hospital Initiative (PSFHI), implemented in 11 government and private hospitals in Oman. This publication describes the implementation of this tool which purpose is to achieve optimal patient safety in hospitals. This initiative consisted in implementing a 1-year plan composed of several steps such as formation of steering committees, working groups, full orientation about the standards, training of staff, documents development and community involvement. Then, the authors analysed the WHO assessment that followed in four of these hospitals. They concluded that the implementation of PSFHI led to an improvement of patient's safety.

 
 
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