General Director, Saudi Patient Safety Center
Dr. Alhawsawi is one of Saudi Arabia’s healthcare quality leaders and advocates. His passion to performance improvement started as a practicing physician, where he advanced in this role as a leader in provider organizations, researcher and health policy expert. Through his current role as Director General of the Saudi Patient Safety Center, Dr. Alhawsawi helped in establishing systems that achieve continuous improvement of the quality of services provided to patients and their families.
Dr. Alhawsawi is particularly interested in healthcare systems and financing. He plays an active role as one of the lead quality consultants for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the region. He represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in discussions for integrating National Health Accounts (NHA) and benchmarking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to the operational model of hospitals in different sectors.
Recognized as an expert in improving quality in the region, Dr. Alhawsawi is frequently invited to speak on strategies to redefine care in the Kingdom, and has developed several health systems and models based on international best practices. He also serves as a trusted consultant for healthcare institution, industry leaders and consultancy firms. Additionally, Dr. Alhawsawi is an accomplished surgeon, serving as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. To ensure that his experience is passed through the new medical generation, Dr. Alhawsawi took the role of Director of the surgery residency training program at the University, supervising hundreds of young physicians and helping them with their career advancement.
Dr. Alhawsawi holds a bachelor’s degree in Medicine from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dual board certified in transplant and hepato-biliary surgery, he completed his training in Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He is a member of numerous medical societies and national quality committees.
Dr. Alhawsawi is also a healthcare thought leader, and writes a weekly column in Okaz newspaper discussing issues related to healthcare system’s improvement and national development.
His mission of life is to contribute to the advancement of healthcare in the Kingdom; he divides his time between patient care, teaching and research in healthcare quality.
PhD, RHIA, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Mervat Abdelhak is recognized internationally as a leader and visionary with significant contributions to Health Information Management (HIM) and Health Informatics (HI) education and practice. Abdelhak founded the Masters programs and PhD Core in HIM at the University of Pittsburgh, being the first academic department offering graduate education for HIM professionals. She accelerated the department's research program. Her research interests include workforce readiness, patient engagement, and creating a learning health system in health care.
She is the recipient of coveted awards including: the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Distinguished Member Award, the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) Distinguished Member Award, the University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Edna Huffman Literary Award. Abdelhak served as AHIMA's president, AHIMA's Board of Directors, co-authored AHIMA's Vision 2016: A Blueprint for Quality Education in HIM and chaired the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Abdelhak has 40+ scholarly articles published; has been an invited speaker with over 100 international/national presentations, and has provided numerous consultancies in the United States, Puerto Rico, Japan, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait and UAE.
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PhD, RHIA IHWI/GAC Professor & Executive Director Medical Education,
Innovation, and Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago
William “Bill” Rudman, PhD, RHIA currently serves as the Executive Director of the Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Before moving to Rosalind Franklin Dr. Rudman, served as the Executive Director of the AHIMA Foundation and Vice President of Education Visioning for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Rudman worked for over 20 years in Academia as a Professor in health information management.
Dr. Rudman also served as the director of the HIT core for the Delta Regional Institute and oversaw implementation of an electronic record exchange in rural Mississippi; and was the PI on the HISPC grant for education and training for the implementation on electronic medical records for the state of Tennessee. Rudman has published over 80 scholarly articles, made 170 scholarly presentations, and has worked on and received over $80 million in federally funded grants.