MEDICAL LABORATORY FORUM

 Tuesday, September 11 2018 

Overview:

The Medical Laboratory Management forum reviewed the developments and opportunities for clinical laboratories in the Kingdom. Themed ‘Outsourcing lab services: Ideal vs. reality’; the forum was supported by the Healthcare Interest Group of the Saudi Quality Council, the Saudi Society for Clinical Chemistry, and the Saudi Society of Transfusion Medicine, the Saudi Society of Haematology, and the Saudi Society for Medical Microbiology and Infectious diseases.

Key topics:

  • Best practice in Internal Proficiency Testing and Internal Quality Control 
  • Driving value through lab automation
  • Patient safety in the lab
  • Improving diagnostic test utilisation, service efficiency, and “meaningful use”
  • Overcoming the challenges of service centralisation

Benefits of Attending:

  • Determine the challenges and opportunities of various medical service outsourcing models
  • Interpret key technological breakthroughs in managing a laboratory
  • Evaluate the best practice use of laboratory tests to reduce costs and ensure the highest quality
  • Discuss appropriate safety procedures practiced in the clinical laboratory
  • Review commonly cited accreditation deficiencies

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             Chair:
            Dr Nashat Nafouri, Chair, Healthcare Interest Group (HIG), Executive Officer, Saudi Quality Council, Jeddah, KSA
 
             Speakers:
  • Dr Abdulaziz Ajlan, Chairman of Laboratory Medicine and Medicine, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, KSA
  • Abdullah AlKhasahan, Assistant Deputy Minister for Laboratories and Blood Banks Affairs, Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, KSA
  • Dr David G. Jaimovich, President, Quality Resources International, Former Vice President of International Accreditation Services, Joint Commission Resources (JCR), Joint Commission International (JCI), Chicago, USA
  • Dr Hans-Peter Grunert, Expert in Clinical Virology, Senior Scientist, Managing Director, GBD Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Diagnostik mbH, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr Heba Kary, Consultant, Chemical Pathology, Department of Medical Laboratory, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, KSA
  • Prof Dr Heinz Zeichhardt, Professor of Virology, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Society for Promoting Quality Assurance in Medical Laboratories e.V. (INSTAND e.V.), Duesseldorf, Germany
  • Prof Kai Gutensohn, Managing and Medical Director, aescuLabor Hamburg and Branch, North Germany, amedes group, Hamburg, Germany
  • Dr Mohammad El Mohammady, Chairman of Pathology, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, KSA
  • Dr Salwa Hendawi, Chief Scientific Officer, Saudi Society of Transfusion Medicine, Jeddah, KSA
  • Dr Samia Sobki, President, The Saudi Society for Clinical Chemistry, Riyadh, KSA
  • Dr Waleed Alomaim, Section Head, Clinical Biochemistry, Consultant, Chemical Pathologist, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, KSA

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09:15 Opening remarks

Dr Nashat Nafouri, Chair, Healthcare Interest Group (HIG), Executive Officer, Saudi Quality Council, Jeddah, KSA

SESSION 1: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN SERVICE CENTRALISATION

Moderator: Dr Samia Sobki, President, The Saudi Society for Clinical Chemistry, Riyadh, KSA

09:20 Opening keynote: A roadmap to medical laboratories of the future

Abdullah Ghashan, Assistant Deputy Minister for Laboratories and Blood Banks Affairs, Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, KSA

 

09:45 Efficient outsourcing model: Expectation vs. reality

Prof Kai Gutensohn, Managing and Medical Director, aescuLabor Hamburg and Branch, North
Germany, amedes group, Hamburg, Germany

 

SESSION 2: PATIENT SAFETY CULTURE

Moderator: Dr Salwa Hendawi, Chief Scientific Officer, Saudi Society of Transfusion Medicine, Jeddah, KSA

10:30 Keynote address: Shaping the safety culture in your organisation - from a diagnostic perspective to the bedside

Dr David G. Jaimovich, President, Quality Resources International, Former Vice President of International Accreditation Services, Joint Commission Resources (JCR), Joint Commission International (JCI), Chicago, USA

 

11:30 Making transfusion medicine a safer practice

Dr Mohammad El Mohammady, Chairman of Pathology, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, KSA

 

12:00 Break

SESSION 2: ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

13:00 Round table discussion: Ask the experts
• Table 1: Patient safety
Dr David G. Jaimovich,
President, Quality Resources International, Former Vice President of International Accreditation Services, Joint Commission Resources (JCR), Joint Commission International (JCI), Chicago, USA

• Table 2: Career Development
Dr Nashat Nafouri,
Chair, Healthcare Interest Group (HIG), Executive Officer, Saudi Quality Council, Jeddah, KSA

• Table 3: Quality control
Prof Dr Heinz Zeichhardt,
Professor of Virology, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany

• Table 4: Privatisation
Prof Kai Gutensohn,
Managing and Medical Director, aescuLabor Hamburg and Branch, North Germany, amedes group, Hamburg, Germany

 

SESSION 3: DRIVING VALUE THROUGH LAB AUTOMATION

Moderator: Dr David G. Jaimovich, President, Quality Resources International, Former Vice President of International Accreditation Services, Joint Commission Resources (JCR), Joint Commission International (JCI), Chicago, USA

13:45 Automation and innovation

Dr Waleed Alomaim, Section Head, Clinical Biochemistry, Consultant, Chemical Pathologist, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, KSA

14:15 Decentralisation

Dr Abdulaziz Ajlan, Chairman of Laboratory Medicine and Medicine, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, KSA

 

14:45  Total laboratory automation: The forefront of increasing laboratory quality and efficiencies for improved patient outcomes

Albarah Elkhani, Director - Technical Operations, NRL, Abu Dhabi, UAE

SESSION 4: INTERNAL PROFICIENCY TESTING AND INTERNAL QUALITY CONTROL

Moderator: Dr Nashat Nafouri, Chair, Healthcare Interest Group (HIG), Executive Officer, Saudi Quality Council, Jeddah, KSA

15:15 Improving diagnostic test utilisation, service efficiency, and “meaningful use’’

Dr Heba Kary, Consultant, Chemical Pathology, Department of Medical Laboratory, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, KSA

15:45 Improving laboratory diagnosis by external quality assurance

Prof Dr Heinz Zeichhardt, Professor of Virology, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Society for Promoting Quality Assurance in Medical Laboratories e.V. (INSTAND e.V.), Duesseldorf, Germany

16:15 Panel discussion: Internal Proficiency Testing and Internal Quality Control

Moderator: Dr Nashat Nafouri, Chair, Healthcare Interest Group (HIG), Executive Officer, Saudi Quality Council, Jeddah, KSA

Panelists:

• Dr Abdulaziz Ajlan, Chairman of Laboratory Medicine and Medicine, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, KSA
• Prof Dr Heinz Zeichhardt, Professor of Virology, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Society for Promoting Quality Assurance in Medical Laboratories e.V. (INSTAND e.V.), Duesseldorf, Germany
• Dr Hans-Peter Grunert, Expert in Clinical Virology, Senior Scientist, Managing Director, GBD Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Diagnostik mbH, Berlin, Germany
• Prof Kai Gutensohn, Managing and Medical Director, aescuLabor Hamburg and Branch, North Germany, amedes group, Hamburg, Germany
• Dr Waleed Alomaim, Section Head, Clinical Biochemistry, Consultant, Chemical Pathologist, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, KSA
 

17:00 Closing remarks

Dr Nashat Nafouri, Chair, Healthcare Interest Group (HIG), Executive Officer, Saudi Quality Council, Jeddah, KSA

17:10 End of conference