A healthier world through global collaboration.

The 2016 World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) took place on 29th and 30th November at the Qatar National Convention Center, in Doha and brought together more than 1,000 global leaders, including government officials and healthcare experts to tackle the world's most pressing healthcare challenges.

WISH is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and works in partnership with the Centre for Health Policy within Imperial's Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI).  The aim of WISH is to create a community where the world’s leading health innovators, researchers and policymakers can share their ideas and work together to implement best practices for the benefit of local and global populations. In the years since, WISH has proven itself to be a platform for action around the world. 

During the Summit, the Forum reports formed the basis of a series of panel discussions hosted by leading experts. The Chair of each Forum opened the panel discussions, which focused on ways key issues can be tackled and considering some of the available innovations that might help. This year’s panel discussions focused on the following topics:

Read all the reports here

Keynotes were heard from Chief Medical Officer for the UK Department of Health, Dame Sally Davies, who updated us on the global action plan for antimicrobial resistance. President of the University of Miami, Dr Julio Frenk, talked about the importance of educational innovation whilst Dr Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus at Harvard University, addressed best practices in financing global healthcare.  The final keynote was presented by Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Google DeepMind Health, who updated us on upcoming and new technologies in global health and big data application. 

In addition to the annual summit, WISH has several ongoing projects, including Global Diffusion of Healthcare Innovation (GDHI), an assessment of how healthcare systems around the world adopt new innovations and spread them successfully, with the aim of inspiring other countries to adopt the best methods and ideas.

Each year, WISH highlights innovations in healthcare through its Young Innovators Competition and Young Innovators and Young Leaders programmes, which serve as platforms to showcase tomorrow’s most promising healthcare leaders.

The WISH 2016 Innovation showcase provide a chance for entrepreneurs to exhibit their healthcare innovations and enables delegates to engage with ideas that are changing healthcare from the ground up.

Also, WISH’s Leading Health Systems Network (LHSN) is a collaborative network of healthcare leaders and organisations dedicated to improving healthcare delivery by effectively and efficiently using available resources. LHSN is an initiative of WISH in partnership with the Centre for Health Policy. Its network brings together the best ideas, models of care and strategies to drive sustained improvement, and connects healthcare leaders to a like-minded community of peers that share the same goals and challenges.

Professor the Lord Ara Darzi, Executive Chair of WISH and Director of IGHI said “Around the world our health systems face enormous challenges. Never has the need for innovation been greater nor opportunity to work together larger. The World Innovation Summit for Health brings the world to Qatar and Qatar to the world - as a convenor, innovator and leader in health to discuss some of the most prevalent healthcare challenges.  Only through an ethical, collaborative and innovative approach can we make the progress our societies need and improve global healthcare for generations to come.

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Each of the panel sessions and keynote speeches were livestreamed and many joined the discussion on the hashtag #WISH2016 

Read the Storify of all the social media coverage here 

View a selection of photos on our Flickr album here 

For further information and to view the full programme of the summit and to read more about previous summits, visit the WISH website