New Short Online Course in Quality Improvement (in English)
New Postgraduate Accredited Courses in Social Protection
Online & Face-to-Face Courses
“Quality improvement of health systems in an epidemic context” – New Publication available:
2019: Brugnara L, Pervilhac C, Kohler F, Dramé ML, Sax S, Marx M. Quality improvementof health systems in an epidemic context: A framework based on lessons from the Ebola virus disease out-break in West Africa.Int J Health Plann Mgmt. 2019;1–16.
New E-Learning Course with 3 ECTS: “The Visible Hand – the Many Facets of Social Health Protection Financing”
Dr Peter Lachmann will be giving a public lecture on Patient Safety at the University Hospital of Heidelberg on April 8th 2019
New publications :
2018 Dramé, M. , Houehanou, C. , Sogbohossou, P. , Paré, R. , Ekambi, A. , Mizéhoun-Adissoda, C. , Houinato, D. , Gyselinck, K. , Marx, M. , Martins, M. and Ferrinho, P. (2018) Determinants of High Blood Pressure and Quality of Management in Three Regions of Benin. Open Journal of Epidemiology, 8, 14-28. doi: 10.4236/ojepi.2018.81002.
2018 John Ovretveit, Lisa Dolan-Branton, Michael Marx, Amy Reid, Julie Reid, Bruce Agins; Adapting improvements to context: when, why and how?, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 30, Issue suppl_1, 20 April 2018, Pages 20–23, https://doi.org/10.1093/intqhc/mzy013
“If you can’t measure it – you can’t change it” – New publications available :
- Michael Marx, Christine Nitschke, Maureen Nafula, Mabel Nangami, Marc Brodowski, Irmgard Marx, Helen Prytherch, Charles Kandie, Irene Omogi, Friederike Paul-Fariborz, Joachim Szecsenyi. If you can’t measure it- you can’t change it – a longitudinal study on improving quality of care in hospitals and health centers in rural Kenia. BMC Health Services Research, 2018, 18:246, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3052-7.
- Bernadette Kleczka, Anita Musiega, Grace Rabut, Phoebe Wekesa, Paul Mwaniki, Michael Marx, Pratap Kumar. Rubber stamp templates for improving clinical documentation_ A paper-based m-Health approach for quality improvement in low-resource settings. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2017, 1-9 doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.10.014.
E-Learning course with 7,5 ECTS on Quality Improvement: for Health Systems Strengthening
A new e-learning course is available for registration until end of April 2018 on the website of the University Hospital Heidelberg! It was created in cooperation with evaplan GmbH, aQua Institute, Heidelberg University & Common Sense eLearning & training consultants GmbH. The course aims to increase competencies for strategic decision making in managing quality, enhance skills in quality improvement mechanisms and build positive patient-centered attitudes. Register here.
“HubBerlin – breakthrough innovations in healthcare from Tanzania and Kenya”
Moderated by Friederike Paul-Fariborz – evaplan, the digital health network of the expert network of the GIZ Innovation Factory showcased some breakthrough digital health innovations from Tanzania (Mwawi Mlekano – ITIDO) and Kenya (Steven Wanyee – Intellisoft) at this years HubBerlin:
“Learning at the System Level to Improve Healthcare Quality and Safety” – ISQua Conference London 2017
Prof. Dr. Michael Marx will be presenting at this year’s ISQua Conference in London 4 October 2017 during a follow up session on the Heidelberg QI Forum for Health “How to fit patient safety into QI mechanisms?”
“Connecting health – systemic mHealth solutions for better pregnancy and birth giving care”
The Innovation Factory, a global initiative which the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), presented digital solutions for pregnancy and delivery care at this year’s re:publica media convention in Berlin.
A multidisciplinary team of health and IT professionals from four countries – Tanzania, Cameroon, Kenya, and Germany – showcased their digital solutions in the panel session ‘Connecting health – systemic mHealth solutions for better pregnancy and birth giving care’. The Innovation Factory provides a collaborative and creative space to develop and support digital health solutions that are in line with the four partner countries’ national priorities. For more information about the cross-country ideation process and approach, have a look at the video of the Innovation Factory’s session at re:publica with Friederike Paul-Fariborz from evaplan, Mwawi Leah Mlekano, Executive Director ITIDO LTD Tanzania, Annie Hortense Atchoumi, representive core team Cameroon, Steven Macharia, Technical Director Digital Health Kenya, and Titus Kühne, Director Institute of Computer-assisted Medi at Charité Berlin.
The Heidelberg Quality Improvement Forum for Health (QI Forum) was established in 2014 with the aim to bring quality improvement (QI) and health system strengthening (HSS) experts together and build a platform for information, exchange, critical analysis and discussion of QI mechanisms, initiatives and approaches in the context of HSS.
The QI Forum is organised by evaplan International Health at the University Hospital Heidelberg in collaboration with the AQUA Institute, Göttingen and the Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg University. For the 2017 QI Forum evaplan has also partnered with ISQua, The International Society for Quality in Health.
The 3rd Heidelberg QI Forum for Health took place from 15-16 June 2017 and disussed: How to fit Patient Safety into QI mechanisms?
With a focus on QI mechanisms in Low and Middle Income Countries, this year’s forum inquired if current QI mechanisms reflect Patient Safety issues, if there is a demand in formulating and reformulating certain standards to actually reflect these issues. The Forum addressed the challenges of using Patient Safety data for health system strengthening and also explored hidden Patient Safety issues related to culture, gender, ethnicity and marginalisation.
To read more about the 2017 QI Forum and previous events, please follow the links below: