The day before this year’s World Hospital Congress on October 25-27, 2023, the IHF’s Geneva Sustainability Centre, in collaboration with Deloitte, has launched an innovative new platform to digitally empower hospitals and healthcare leaders​ to drive sustainable, low-carbon, equitable, and resilient healthcare.


The research and development for the Sustainability Accelerator Tool (SAT) began in 2022, soon after the IHF established the Geneva Sustainability Centre to equip hospital leaders with the information, tools, and skills to drive the sector’s transition to sustainability at leadership, management, and institutional levels. Following a period of international consultation, a set of KPIs were defined, forming the underlying framework for SAT. Targeting three key domains (Environment; Health, equity, and wellbeing; and Leadership and governance), SAT has been thoroughly piloted with hospitals from across the IHF’s membership worldwide.


Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE CAE, President of the IHF and President of the American College of Healthcare Executives, stated the case for hospitals and healthcare delivery organizations to start the journey to sustainability:

“The healthcare sector is increasingly aware that it is responsible for more than 5% of global carbon emissions. At the IHF, we recognized that healthcare leaders shared a collective will to transform the sustainability and resilience of service delivery but lacked the support to drive change.

The IHF established the Geneva Sustainability Centre to develop the programmes and resources to support healthcare leaders to become climate leaders. Working in collaboration with Deloitte has given us the capability to develop a cutting-edge tool that hospitals around the world can use to accelerate their actions and impact.”

Read more: Geneva Sustainability Centre launches Sustainability Accelerator Tool for hospitals

Supported by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD),   researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman are developing a screening device to provide a low-cost hearing screening device for newborn children.


The project aims to make hearing screening accessible to (local government unit) LGU-operated hospitals/centers in rural and far-flung areas which usually have limited access in the already existing newborn hearing screening in cities.


The project entitled, “Increasing the Rates of Newborn Hearing Screening Through Biomedical Device Research and Development: Pre-Market Development of Locally Manufactured Automated Auditory Brainstem Response Device and Algorithm (HeLe Project),” led by Dr. Luis G. Sison of UP Diliman, is a continuation of the study conducted by the Philippine National Ear Institute and the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Institute of UP Diliman in collaboration with the University of California, which was funded through the Commission on Higher Education – Philippine California Advanced Research Institutes (CHED-PCARI) Project.


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The Intellectual Property and Technology Management (IPTM) unit of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is now accepting submissions of proposals for the following intellectual property protection, technology transfer and commercialization programs:

  1. Intellectual Property Protection and Management of Health Research Outputs Program (IPROTECH)

  2. Technology Transformation and Empowerment of Knowledge Generators and Innovators in Health Program (TEKI in Health)

  3. Startup Research Grant Program (SGP)


Read more: [DOST-PCHRD] Call for Proposals: IPROTECH, TEKI in Health, & Start Up Research Grant Program

The deadline for entries to the IHF Awards is extended to 30 June!


Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your achievements to the global healthcare community and to give your workforce the recognition they deserve. The deadline for entries is now extended to 30 June, so don't delay – start your entries today. 

While you prepare your submissions, take the chance to nominate your hospital to the Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Hospital Award, the highest honour for an individual hospital within the IHF.


This award is open to IHF Members and their member hospitals. The successful hospital will demonstrate excellence in each of the five dimensions of healthcare delivery:

  • Health service quality

  • Patient experience

  • Clinical outcomes and health equity

  • Cost efficiency

  • Workforce wellbeing

Recipients of this distinguished award deliver outstanding performance and achievements. Their entries show that their hospital’s vision and operation have created a culture of excellence and give evidence of clear measurable examples of success.


Read more: IHF Awards: Deadline for entries is extended to 30 June


The International Hospital Federation Awards (IHF Awards) return for 2023 to recognize the excellence and outstanding achievements of hospitals and health service providers demonstrated through their projects, programmes, or services.

Entries can now be submitted in the following award categories:

  • Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Hospital Award
  • Seddiqi Holding Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Ashikaga-Nikken Excellence Award for Green Hospitals
  • Sultanate of Oman Excellence Award for Health Services During Crisis
  • American Hospital Association Excellence Award for Healthcare Workers' Wellbeing
  • American College of Healthcare Executives Excellence Award for Leadership and Management
  • Austco Excellence Award for Quality & Patient Safety

All entries must be submitted through the IHF online submission platform until 23:59 (CET/GMT+1) on 16 June. If you need assistance with your entries, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Read more: IHF Awards 2023 | Call for entries now open!

We are excited to announce that the Call for Abstracts has now officially opened!

The 46th World Hospital Congress will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from 25-27 October. The Congress is a unique global forum connecting leaders and decision-makers of hospitals, health services and healthcare organizations to share knowledge and good practices, exchange new ideas and innovations, and network with other senior executives from across the international healthcare community. This year it is co-hosted by the International Hospital Federation and the Portuguese Consortium composed of the Portuguese Association for Hospital Development (APDH), Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers (APAH), and Portuguese Association of Private Hospitals (APHP).

The Congress aims to bring together global learning and share local action. To do that, we’re seeking projects and programmes that showcase innovations, models, and examples of leadership. If you have compelling work to share, submit your abstracts to the Scientific Committee for consideration.

Visit the World Hospital Congress website and find out more about the Congress, including how you can submit your abstract and this year’s guidelines.

Read more: Call for abstracts now open! | 46th World Hospital Congress

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