18 Months Like No Other

Source : Boardroom

Author: Ron Lavater

The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is the NGO that has been the voice of international healthcare for more than 90 years, promoting excellent management standards among hospitals and health service organizations. Boardroom talked to CEO Ronald Lavater, as he is approaching the end of his first year at IHF – which was obviously full of challenges… but also opportunities.

Could you briefly present your association and what you do?

The International Hospital Federation (IHF) has representation from over 100 different organizations, and, through them, we are connected to over 20,000 hospitals and healthcare organizations. The IHF is a place for knowledge exchange and collaboration. Our activities and services focus on thematic areas to tackle the most important issues facing hospitals right now, such as sustainability and digital health.


Our partners range from not-for-profit, non-governmental, international associations to commercial companies. Whether we act bilaterally or as part of large networks, collaboration with other stakeholders is an opportunity to ensure our members’ voice is heard by the international healthcare community.

Our flagship event is the annual World Hospital Congress, which brings together leaders and decision-makers of hospitals, health services, and healthcare organizations to discuss key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions.

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