The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the emirate, and the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI), a prestigious global not-for-profit organisation based in Boston, USA, launched a strategic cooperative agreement to advance and execute programs for continuous improvement of the quality of healthcare. The cooperation seeks to set a solid framework and establish regulatory foundations to achieve unified quality healthcare outcomes in Abu Dhabi and globally.
The cooperation between both parties was reflected through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by H.E. Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Undersecretary of DoH and Dr. Kedar Mate, President and CEO of IHI. The MoU signing was witnessed by H.E. Hind Al Zaabi, Executive Director of Healthcare Facilities at DoH, and Nana Twum-Danso, MD, MPH, FACPM, Senior Vice President at IHI.
In line with DoH’s efforts to continuously create opportunities for knowledge and experience exchange, both organisations will participate in and cooperate on research and studies relevant to the improvement of the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Quality Index (Muashir) and the global quality of healthcare services. Through this collaboration, DoH seeks to elevate the field of primary care to meet the patients’ medical needs and achieve the highest level of care.
The MoU will focus on developing an integrated system that promotes innovation and boosts licensing, training, inspection and monitoring systems for healthcare providers to ensure the highest level of care across the emirate. In an effort to boost national capabilities and provide healthcare professionals with learning opportunities, both entities will conduct regular workshops, conferences and seminars in accordance with international standards and global best practices for both the public and private sectors in Abu Dhabi.
Hind Al Zaabi, Executive Director of Healthcare Facilities at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, said: “We are proud to join hands with the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) that continues to play an integral role in the advancement of healthcare quality globally. Since its establishment 30 years ago, IHI has followed a unique approach through working with health systems, countries and healthcare organisations to improve quality, safety and value in healthcare. Cross collaboration across the global healthcare sector is a key pillar as we reinforce Abu Dhabi’s positional as a global destination for world-class healthcare.”
Al Zaabi added: “The Department continues to join forces with leading healthcare bodies to exchange knowledge, experiences and best practices. We are confident that with collaboration comes great achievements that will benefit the global community as well as celebratory milestones for both parties.”
Kedar Mate, President and CEO of IHI, commented: “IHI is proud to be a partner in Abu Dhabi’s health care quality journey, and this MOU will be a pivotal next step to embed quality and safety across the health services. Together we will leverage the insights produced from the Muashir Index to create a comprehensive system of quality that will enable Abu Dhabi to reach world-class levels of quality, and to maintain those improvements over time. We applaud the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi for its commitment to quality and to improving health outcomes for the people you serve.”The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. For more than 30 years, IHI has used improvement science to advance and sustain better outcomes in health systems across the world. IHI brings awareness of safety and quality to millions, catalyses learning and the systematic improvement of care, develops solutions to previously intractable challenges, and mobilises health systems, communities, regions and nations to reduce harm and deaths. IHI collaborates with a growing community to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. IHI generates optimism, harvests fresh ideas and supports anyone, anywhere who wants to profoundly change health and health care for the better.