It is my honor to take up the chairmanship of the Association
as of November 2018. The Association was established 18 years
ago under the superb leadership of the late Sir Harry Fang,
then Medical Superintendent of St. Paul's Hospital. That was
a time of difficulties in the private sector after the Asian
Economic Crisis and following a period of rapid expansion
in the public sector. All the twelve private hospitals got
their acts together and engaged the Trent Accreditation Scheme
from the United Kingdom to conduct accreditation visits and
give recommendations for improvement. Thus began the history
of hospital accreditation in Hong Kong.
In 2008, the Association participated in the government's
Steering Committee on Hospital Accreditation, which chose
the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) as the
common scheme for both private and public hospitals. Our members
played an active role in the adaptation of the ACHS standards
into a Hong Kong Guide, conducting workshops, and recruiting
colleagues to be trained as ACHS surveyors. The first group
of five member hospitals achieved ACHS accreditation in 2010,
while others followed suit in due course. Such concerted action
demonstrates our full commitment to continuously improve the
quality of services and organizational management, at the
same time minimizing risks to protect the safety of our patients
As the Visiting Doctors model predominates in the private
sector, one important role of member hospitals is to ensure
that medical procedures are carried out by properly qualified
healthcare professionals with the requisite training and experience.
The Association has issued a Code of Practice for Doctors
to promote good clinical practice. Robust systems of Credentialing
have been set up, again a pioneering initiative in the local
In the development of Hong Kong's healthcare system, the
Association has actively supported the various Public Private
Partnership schemes initiated by the government to alleviate
the burden of the public sector, the Electronic Health Record
Sharing System, and the pilot program on Price Transparency.
We also contributed ideas to the Voluntary Health Insurance
Scheme of the government, again to help achieve a better balance
between the public and private sectors, while enhancing citizens'
choice for healthcare providers.
All these would not have been possible without the illustrious
leadership of previous Chairmen and office bearers, as well
as the united spirit of member hospitals. Faced with the challenge
of an ageing population, rapidly advancing medical technology,
and ever-changing healthcare scene, we will pledge our utmost
to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of services
in partnership with the public sector and the community.
Dr. William Ho