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Through our members, we are the voice of hospitals and health systems on the global stage.

We connect healthcare leaders, supporting them to excel through training and development. We create forums for international, peer to peer knowledge exchange. Our events, programmes, and special interest groups showcase good practices. We work in partnership with international organizations on key issues for our members.

The 46th IHF World Hospital Congress is being co-hosted by the IHF and the Portuguese Consortium from 25 to 27 October 2023 at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Portugal with pre-congress activities on 23 and 24 October.

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We connect over 140 organizations around the world.







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What our members say

HE Dr Ahmed El-Sobky

Chairman, Egypt Healthcare Authority (IHF Full Member)

As the Egypt Healthcare Authority, we carry the immense hopes and dreams of millions of Egyptians within our hearts. Our ultimate goal to achieve universal health coverage and improve lives is a testament to our unwavering dedication and belief in the power of healthcare.

The IHF has been our guiding light throughout this transformative journey. Their support and expertise have been instrumental in our progress. Through their global network of healthcare leaders, we have found solace in the fact that we are not alone in our pursuit. We have discovered a community of like-minded individuals who share our vision, commitment, and burning passion to make a difference.

Together with the IHF, we have embarked on an incredible path of collaboration, sharing ideas, and learning from best practices. The stories of triumph and resilience from healthcare providers worldwide have left an indelible mark on our hearts.

Paul – Émile Cloutier

President and CEO, HealthCareCAN (IHF Full Member)

HealthCareCAN deeply values its relationship with the IHF, and it is our view that global cooperation and partnerships are a vital component of Canada’s success. Our membership in the IHF for the past seven years has provided our members with international perspectives that have helped drive innovation and excellence in Canada’s health system.

Dr Steve Ueng

President, Taiwan Hospital Association (IHF Full Member)

The Taiwan Hospital Association joined the IHF as a full member in 1970. We are delighted that the IHF provides its members with a platform for knowledge exchange and networking with different actors in the health sector to improve the standard, quality, and level of service delivery.

Matthew Taylor

CEO, NHS Confederation (IHF Full Member)

The greatest strength of IHF membership for us over the last five years has been our ability to connect with leaders across the IHF community, to share our mutual experiences, insights, and expertise. Our collaboration with the IHF has helped us share international best practice with our members as they contend with the mutual challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Simon Tang

Director (Cluster Services), Hong Kong Hospital Authority (IHF Full Member)

As part of the IHF community throughout the years, our staff members have been offered valuable opportunities in knowledge and strategies exchange, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The role of the IHF will become more and more important amid the challenges of chronic illnesses and aging population faced by various hospitals and healthcare associations around the world. We are confident that the IHF will lead us to tackle these challenges ahead.

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Join our global network – sharing commitment to improve the level, quality, and sustainability of healthcare service delivery.

What we do

Connect internationally

We provide our members with a platform for knowledge exchange and networking with different actors in the health sector. Motivated by a shared commitment to well-managed hospitals, our members act together to improve the standard, quality, and level of healthcare service delivery.

Knowledge exchange

Connect at the annual World Hospital Congress, virtual events, and study tours. Special interest groups focus on the key issues for today’s hospital managers. Annual IHF Awards recognize and share good practice.

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Leadership development

Dedicated groups for association leaders, and women in leadership, a development programme for young executives, and a leadership competencies framework.

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Outreach and partnerships

Advocacy and international collaborations help us to carry out our work more effectively and find creative solutions to support our members facing a variety of challenges.

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Geneva Sustainability Centre

Driving net zero, climate resilient, and sustainable health systems: supporting hospitals to become leaders for sustainability in their communities.

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Finalists announced for IHF Awards 2023

The IHF has announced the finalists of the IHF Awards 2023 after scoring entries in all 7 Award categories. This year, more than 500 entries were submitted by hospitals and healthcare organizations from 43 countries/territories – a record number since the Awards commenced in 2015.
In 2023, a total of 69 finalists have been shortlisted across the following 7 IHF Awards categories, from which the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be presented, as well as honourable mentions to other exceptional entries in each category.

Read full list of finalists

Save on registration, hotels, and travel for the World Hospital Congress

Hospital and health leaders and executives from over 60 countries and territories will come together in Lisbon.

WHC 2023 offers a unique opportunity to connect with leading institutions from across the globe, all gathered under one roof. Take advantage of this chance to build international partnerships, exchange knowledge, and network with colleagues.

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Maximize your World Hospital Congress with a pre-or post-congress activity

Leaders in healthcare around the world are turning their attention to sustainability, climate resilience, and net-zero carbon emissions. Recent research estimates that the healthcare sector is responsible for over 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Hospital and healthcare leaders need to drive sustainable transformation at leadership, management, and institutional levels.

Now is the time to add the latest essential leadership competency to your skillset with a masterclass designed specifically for hospital and healthcare executives, delivered by the IHF’s Geneva Sustainability Centre in Portuguese (23 October) and English (24 October).

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The case for quality: the value of accreditation from all perspectives

Based on decades of experience as the leading global healthcare accrediting body Joint Commission International (JCI) offers health care organizations the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to advance their journey for providing high quality, safe care. Accreditation is a key milestone on this quality journey that symbolizes the organizations’ commitment to patient-centred care, but it is not the end goal. As expectations and challenges evolve, organizations struggle to achieve quality goals such as zero patient harm, sustained improvements, and a culture of safety. JCI continues to provide support in response to these emerging trends.

At this summit, you will hear directly from premier healthcare leaders across the globe who will share their experiences, best practices, and how JCI has positioned them to affect sustained improvements beyond accreditation. This interactive, in-person summit will include presentations, roundtable discussions, workshop activities, and opportunities for networking.

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Masterclass from SDA Bocconi School of Management

The booming of digital health: Where do we stand with regulation and assessment frameworks?

The explosive growth of digital health technologies is revolutionizing healthcare delivery. However, these advancements also introduce unique regulatory and evaluative complexities. Explore how regulatory bodies like the FDA and EMA are adapting traditional regulatory frameworks to accommodate digital health technologies. This masterclass also examines health technology assessment (HTA) in digital health, discussing the difficulties posed by these technologies' heterogeneity and dynamic nature.

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Rio de Janeiro will host the 47th World Hospital Congress in 2024

The 47th World Hospital Congress will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in September 2024.

The World Hospital Congress brings together hospital leaders and healthcare delivery executives to connect around global learning for local action. This Congress is a forum to exchange best practices in leadership and management of healthcare delivery. Annually, the World Hospital Congress attracts over 1200 participants from around 60 countries.

Press release: 47th World Hospital Congress in Rio

Concern for safety of healthcare in Sudan

Recent reports of attacks on healthcare facilities in Sudan are deeply concerning. Health facilities and their workers are never to be targeted during armed conflicts. Attacks on hospitals, healthcare workers, and ambulances are not acceptable – no matter the context, no matter the reason. We stand with our partners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in asking that international humanitarian law be respected. Healthcare is #NotATarget.

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Building a more equitable, inclusive workplace

On 1 September 2022, the International Hospital Federation’s Women in Leadership Forum hosted a webinar in collaboration with Global Alumni: Turning challenges into leadership opportunities. In this exchange on the issues female healthcare leaders face, the panel of speakers shared personal experiences and practical advice.

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Is your hospital prepared for a cyberattack?

If your hospital is targeted, it’s more than data at risk – the reputational consequences can lead to a damaging loss of trust. The IHF’s Harnessing Big Data Special Interest Group hosted a session in collaboration with Vizient, Inc. focused on helping CEOs and C-suite executives prepare effective communications strategies to minimize the negative impacts of a cyberattack

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Addressing climate change as an integral part of healthcare delivery

We join our voice with those recognizing the impact of the healthcare sector on the environment and human health. We equally recognize that good leadership is paramount to drive the organizational changes which will generate positive impact for the generations to come.
This statement illustrates the conviction of IHF Members that every hospital and healthcare organization has a role to play in its community in addressing the sustainability challenges. We also consider it as the starting point of our long-term engagement to take action on climate change.
Through our newly established Geneva Sustainability Centre, we are committed to responding to your needs and to equipping current and future hospital leaders with the required information, tools and skills.

IHF Statement on Sustainability

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