PAHO Foundation Participates in ISO TC 304 Healthcare Administration Plenary Meeting

Galveston, TX (February 17, 2017) - PAHO Foundation executive leadership, which included President and CEO Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson and Vice President, Science, Programs and Technology Dr. Linda Cleboski, and Board of Trustees Secretary Veronica Edwards attended the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee (ISO TC) 304 Healthcare Administration 1st Plenary Meeting, hosted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). ISO delegates from Japan, Switzerland, and the United States were in attendance.

The meeting opened with presentations on 1) the historical overview of ISO, led by ISO Technical Program Manager Dr. Mary Lou Pelaprat, 2) the founding of the TC 304, headed by TC Secretary Lee Webster, and 3) the purpose of the TC and how it can be utilized for greater public health good, guided by TC Acting Chair Dr. Ronald McKinley.

Outcomes of the plenary meeting included the title change of the TC from “Healthcare Administration” to “Healthcare Organization Management,” reviewing/tightening the TC business strategic plan, and establishing necessary taskforces and/or ad hoc committees, as well as a course of action for future work.

The meeting additionally held presentations on public health topics, including antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and patient-centered clinical staffing strategies, and their potential for TC intervention.

Drs. Ward-Robinson and Cleboski of PAHO Foundation served as guest speakers for the meeting. Dr. Ward-Robinson steered an engaging and well-received discussion on the current state of AMR, discussing steps needed to improve AMR management standards and involve AMR stewardship in the ISO health care standard.

The next plenary meeting is tentatively set to take place later this year. See below for photos from the reception and meeting, taken by UTMB. Visit PAHO Foundation's Facebook for additional photos.