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Healthcare innovation to become a key focus in the GCC region

Monday, Apr 27, 2015

High quality healthcare forms the bedrock of any society that expects to function and develop successfully because health is the most important asset that one has. The GCC region has one of the most dynamic populations that grows rapidly, mainly consisting of expatriates, quite sedentary but has high aspirations for high quality healthcare. Recently, more GCC nations have sought to provide universal health coverage through mandatory insurance which has increased the access of patients for healthcare and motivated more investors to invest in building healthcare facilities due to the increase in demand for healthcare services. Public and private healthcare investments are increasing massively and according to McKinsey and Co, are set to reach up to US$60 Billion in just 10 years.

Innovation is a must to provide high quality care and enable healthcare providers to differentiate their quality of service from each other to be able to attract more patients. Innovationalso helps in enhancing patient safety and improving clinical outcomes.
The GCC Healthcare Innovation Congress, organised by Maarefah Management, will take place from 10-13 May in Dubai. This leading congress is in partnership with the Executive Board, Health Ministers’ Council for Cooperation Council States and supported by DuBiotech and Mecomed.The GCC Healthcare Innovation Congress will review the most important innovations in healthcare including health informatics, revenue cycle management, coding systems, big data, interoperability and more. The congress will also focus on improving patient access to healthcare services through telehealth, mobile health, social media and more.

H.E. Prof. Dr. Tawfik Khoja, Director General, Executive Board, Health Ministers’ Council for Cooperation Council, stated that: “Innovation is extremely important in our life in this 21st Century. The value of innovation potentially leads to more effective and efficient production of goods and services, and potentially to competitive advantage in global markets. For public health to make a difference in this world, there is a desperate need for innovation – new ideas, new thinking, new partnerships, and new solutions to improving peoples’ lives. Innovation is seen as the creation of new or improved products, processes and services in public health that result from study and experimentation.”

Moreover,Marwan Abdulaziz, Executive Director, DuBiotech and EnPark, part of TECOM Investments commented “While the UAE has traditionally been a net importer of medical care and pharmaceuticals, a concerted drive by government and industry to increase clinical trials, localise the manufacture of drugs and encourage talented medical professionals, is changing the landscape. An opportunity exists to build a more sustainable, homegrown industry.Collaboration is key. Through events like the GCC Healthcare Innovation Congress, a meaningful dialogue can be created to bridge the public and private sectors, facilitate regulatory change and policy improvements, and drive growth within the healthcare sector. “

The congress will feature outstanding participation from local and regional experts such as: H.E. Prof. Dr. Tawfik Khoja, Director General, Executive Board, Health Ministers’ Council for Cooperation States - KSA, Dr. Kalthoom Al-Belooshi, Director of Hospitals Department, Ministry of Health - UAE, Marwan Abdulaziz, Executive Director, DuBiotech - UAE, Dr. Ahmed Balkhair, Director of the e-Health Strategy and Change Management Office, Ministry of Health - KSA, Alec Napier, Director of Patient Experience, Tawam Hospital - UAE, Asmaeil Kattan, Consultant in Information Technology and Communications, Al Ahli Hospital -Qatar, Dr. Hasnain Haider-Shah, Chief Strategy Officer, Universal Hospital - UAE, Joseph George, Director of Information Technology, Rashid Centre for Diabetes and Research, Ministry of Health - UAE, Dr. Nick Richards, Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer, Kidney Dialysis Centre, SEHA - UAE, Dr. Ramadan Al-Blooshi, Managing Director Regulation Sector, Dubai Healthcare City - UAE, Thomas Adolph Spies Jr, Senior Director of Revenue Cycle Management, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi - UAE, Ted Waz, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf HRA - UAE,Dr. John Connolly, NHS Family Physician, Clinical Lead, TPP - United Kingdom, Al Tijani Hussin, Health Economics Consultant, Dubai Health Authority - UAE, Mark Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo Arabian Healthcare - UAE, Arash Amai, Senior Vice President New Ventures, Gulf HRA - UAE, Satschin Bansal, Business Unit Director EMEA, Hospital Services and Solutions, Zimmer - Switzerland, Dr. Saif Al Jaibeji, Vice President and Regional General Manager, Middle East and Africa, Optum –UAE andBadhri Iyengar, Regional Director, Boston Scientific MEA, Lebanon.

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