Health System Development for the National Healthcare System of Qatar
Location: Doha, Qatar
Years of relationship: 2008-present
In a unique international partnership that pairs two major integrated healthcare systems, Partners HealthCare International and the national healthcare system of the State of Qatar have worked in close collaboration since 2008.
Partnership to Transform the National Healthcare System of Qatar
How We Are Helping
The principal areas of collaboration include Healthcare System Integration, Clinical Leadership Development, Quality & Performance Improvement and Women’s Health. In early 2010, PHI and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) of Qatar entered into a formal agreement that enables HMC to draw upon PHI’s expertise in health system development and integration. PHI provides on-going support to HMC in the development of leadership and management practices that promote local decision-making, ensure appropriate resource allocation, and improve service levels across the continuum.
In September 2010, PHI and HMC began a three-year engagement to work together on system-wide quality and performance improvement and patient safety programs. This program extends the use of both process and outcome measures, trains personnel in current best practices, and promotes the adoption and implementation of measures based on relevant regional and global benchmarks.
In October 2012, Partners HealthCare International entered into a 3-year partnership designed to share clinical expertise and best practices in women’s health care. Along with leading experts from three Partners hospitals—Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and North Shore Medical Center—Partners will work side-by-side with Women’s Hospital of HMC to transform obstetric and gynecological services for the women of Qatar. Teams of Partners’ in-country personnel work closely with visiting faculty and clinicians from Boston to support these transformational initiatives.
In 2013, Hamad Medical Center (HMC) will be expanding existing advisory services to include patient referral services. HMC and PHI have developed an agreement that will make Partners Harvard-affiliated hospitals preferred patient referral locations.