Celebrating women on health frontlines.

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. This year, WHO honoured the work of women in crises. The article focused on the unsung heroes, who have long been working on the frontlines in their own communities in some of the most difficult terrains.

Read more: WHO Celebrates World Humanitarian Day

‘Measuring the performance of our healthcare system is crucial to making better policy decisions—but we need to look to the future rather than the past in deciding what to measure’, says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven.
‘And what matters most in modernised reformed health systems is what matters to patients—value, affordability and outcomes.’
Ms Verhoeven was responding to today’s release of a new online Australian Health Performance Framework by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The Framework is described as ‘a tool to support reporting on Australia’s health and healthcare performance’. It supersedes and replaces other frameworks.
‘The AIHW states that this is an initial release of already-existing data to support consultation ahead of a main release towards the end of 2019’, Ms Verhoeven said.
‘My feedback and that of our members to the AIHW and governments is that at the moment the framework looks heavily “input-centric”. It is looking backwards and counting numbers of consultations, health system costs, numbers of admissions for condition X, numbers of consultations (not people) bulk-billed, and so on.
‘These things are obviously important, but they are not the only game in town.
Read more: Measure what matters most in healthcare—value, affordability and outcomes

This study was carried out to describe experiences in price setting and how pricing has been used to attain better coverage, quality, financial protection, and health outcomes. It builds on newly commissioned case studies and lessons learned in calculating prices, negotiating with providers, and monitoring changes. Recognising that no single model is applicable to all settings, the study aimed to generate best practices and identify areas for future research, particularly in low- and middle-income settings. The report and the case studies were jointly developed by the OECD and the WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe (Japan).

Read the whole report at here.

Source: IHF Newsletter

 

A Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) had been adopted in 2015, at the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA). In March 2019, the WHO published another key document, “Turning Plans into Action for Antimicrobial Resistance”. To materialize this, Members States adopted a resolution at the WHA 72, calling for continued high-level commitments to implement and adequately resource multi-sectoral National Action Plans. The resolution urges Member States to strengthen infection prevention and control measures including water sanitation and hygiene; enhance participation in Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System; ensure prudent use of quality-assured antimicrobials; and support multisectoral annual self-assessment survey. Press release: Antimicrobial Resistance.

 

 

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Source: International Hospital Federation Newsletter

Copyright: International Hospital Federation
The second 2019 issue of the World Hospitals and Health Services (WHHS) has been published on the IHF website.
The IHF has been working with its members to support of professionalization in the field of healthcare management, notably with the adoption of the global competency directory for healthcare leadership and management in 2015. Since 2015, significant progress has been made in defining and requiring a competency-based approach in both graduate education and continuous professional development. The articles in this issue of the World Hospitals and Health Services (WHHS) Journal of the IHF showcase recent trends in competencies in health care management training and accreditation programs.
Read more: Release of the IHF Journal Volume 55 No. 2

 "The Association's Deeble Institute has released a Health Policy Research Evidence Brief which aims to assess the value of accreditation to health service organizations. The brief calls for a better understanding of the benefits of accreditation to health services. While it focuses on the way accreditation is implemented in Australian health services, the topic is very relevant for a large number of countries' health systems around the world that have embedded accreditation processes.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) media release is available at Accreditation and culture usually go hand-in-hand in health organisations.

To view the brief, click on "Assessing the value of accreditation to health systems and organisations".

Source: International Hospital Federation Newsletter
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