Amman Hosts Seventh HCAC Conference on Healthcare Quality

Amman – witnessed the inauguration of the seventh Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC) conference and exhibition titled “Quality from a Global Perspective: Future Aspirations.” The event, opened by the Minister of Health Firas Hawari, representing His Majesty King Abdullah II, was attended by notable figures including Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired.

According to Jordan News Agency, the Council’s Executive Director, the conference centers on embedding quality and safety for patients and workers as a fundamental aspect of all operations and productions in the health sector. The event features six main sessions and six workshops, drawing in 500 participants. The sessions are led by a cadre of experts specializing in enhancing health service quality and patient safety, covering not just Jordan but also regional and international perspectives.

Ruwaida Maaytah, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Health Institutions Accreditation Council, emphasized the partnership between the Council and the Jordanian health sector as a top priority. She elaborated on the Council’s commitment to King Abdullah II’s vision for economic modernization and its collaborative efforts with the Ministry of Health to meet the objectives set for 2025. Maaytah highlighted the integral support from various stakeholders, including customers, employees, the Board of Directors, and sponsors, in achieving the Board’s goals. These goals extend beyond accreditation, focusing on building quality management systems in all healthcare activities in Jordan and supporting the growth and development of the country through education and training in healthcare.

Yassin Hassan, Chairman of the Conference, pointed out the conference’s significance as a major annual event in the region for healthcare quality, attracting a wide array of participants and speakers globally. He noted that the conference represents a key outcome of the HCAC’s efforts since 2010, aiming to equip the Jordanian health sector with the latest tools, innovations, and knowledge in quality and safety. It seeks to enhance institutional capabilities, involve all health sector workers, and foster cooperation with global experts in the field.

Keynote speaker Peter Lachman, a Quality Improvement Fellow and Lead Faculty Quality Improvement at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and former director of International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), emphasized the pivotal role of doctors in leading quality medical services and the accreditation system. Lachman underlined the importance of prioritizing safety, especially in emergencies, and described quality as a journey beginning with accreditation, followed by institutionalization, reliable indicators, and ultimately, a people-centered healthcare approach focusing on prevention and primary care.

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