Hospital forum focuses on provision of comprehensive care

Update: November, 17/2015 - 12:00
Health workers perform comprehensive care of patients at the Military Hopital 354 in Ha Noi. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — More than 150 health experts are discussing measures to improve the quality of hospital management at the seventh annual hospital forum that opened today in Ha Noi.

The two-day meeting is being held under the framework of the Vietnamese-German development health programme as a forum of exchange on crucial topics and innovations contributing to strengthening Viet Nam's health system.

"We are already well-connected within our project areas. Yet, face-to-face meetings are very important to exchange insights and lessons learnt beyond provincial and hospital borders," Dr Anna Frisch, chief technical advisor of the Deutsche Gesellschaft for International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)'s health programme in Viet Nam, said.

Whereas earlier forums focused on modern technologies for hospital management, hospital financing, infrastructure and quality management topics, this year's hospital forum focuses on comprehensive care, human resource management and gender mainstreaming.

The forum will concentrate on the usage of software for human resource management and on the integration and monitoring of gender perspectives at every stage of hospital management processes.

Provincial and district hospitals will share their experiences and observations about recent interventions to improve the quality of care.

The seventh hospital forum marked seven years of continued fruitful partnership with GIZ's health programme. Together we would keep working towards providing better access to quality healthcare services in Viet Nam's rural areas, National Programme Director at the health ministry Dr Tran Quy Tuong said.

Under the framework of the project, more than 1,300 nurses have been trained in comprehensive care and 13 hospitals have developed human resource management strategies using modern IT tools. The project also developed a gender handbook with a web-based monitoring tool. — VNS