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E-Health the Cornerstone of Modern Healthcare

The HIMSS Middle East Conference 2012 opened on Sunday 20 May with HE Engineer Zaid Daoud Al Siksek, CEO, Health Authority – (HAAD) set to welcome delegates to the event by emphasizing the irrefutably vital role information technology plays in modern healthcare practice. HE Al Siksek will outline the seismic impact IT has had in transforming the Middle East’s healthcare systems from long waiting times to instant doctor feedback via e-portals.

The two-day conference, which takes place at the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi on 20-21 May 2012, focuses on integrating healthcare information systems and technology for medical service solutions. In fact the manifestation of various health information technology (HIT) initiatives in the field has prompted prominent healthcare experts to advocate as the way forward for the sector.

And in the plenary address, Khalid Majid Ahmad Lootah, Advisor to Minister of Health for Strategy and Information Technology, Ministry of Health, will examine the driving factors, advantages, constraints and environmental factors which shape the HIT sector.

“The MoH has sponsored an e-Health strategy for the UAE which will enable them to deliver efficient, world-class healthcare accessible to all people through a mixture of private and public channels,” Lootah explained prior to the event. The undoubted benefits of a paperless network of healthcare records through HIT initiatives such as clinical coding to both the environment and returns of investment (ROI) are also on the agenda throughout .

In fact, according to HIMSS an increasing number of hospitals in the UAE and the wider Gulf region are now actively adopting Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology – a fully implemented paperless medical record system – as they look to improve patient safety, quality and efficiency, as well as save on their costs. John Hoyt, Executive Vice President, Organizational Services, HIMMS Analytics USA, said: “A case study in 2010, showed that six hospitals in the United States saved a total of US$48.5 million per annum by adopting EMR techology.

“If a similar performance was achieved in the UAE, it would result in a total saving of at least US$640 million for the more-than-eighty federal, local government and private hospitals.” Other key topics to be laid out on the proverbial surgeons table by world-renowned healthcare experts and examined at the conference this year include the future of health insurance in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); improving clinical and financial outcomes; ROI in clinical settings; the National Health Service (NHS) private cloud infrastructure project; and new hospital construction from an IT perspective.

Furthermore, a strong delegation of prominent Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) representatives at this year’s event, is headed by Mohammed R Al Yemeni, PhD, Deputy Minister for Planning & Health Economics, will deliver an opening address to conference attendees.

Dr. Al Yemeni will discuss the strategic direction and plans for the Saudi national healthcare system and e-Health program, which, primarily in terms of business goals and requirements, falls into four main categories including care for patients; clinician quality; performance management; and transforming the governance and accountability of healthcare.

Meanwhile, during the Leadership Summit on day one, speakers from the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Italy will address the common factors impacting the role of Chief Investment Officers (CIO) on the enterprise level as well as the interoperability and implementation of HIT to counteract mass-scale pandemic outbreaks.

Bringing together more than 50 industry leaders from the Middle East, United Kingdom, USA and Europe to share their expert insights, HIMSS explores emerging trends, strategies and lessons from e-Health initiatives applied around the globe, to encourage the transformation of healthcare in regional and international countries represented by over 500 delegates at the event.

HIMSS comprises a comprehensive line-up of international speakers and exhibitors within this highly specialized field,” Hoyt added.
“The extensive conference schedule which constitutes a leadership summit, health IT exhibition and industry solution sessions, renders the event is a clarion call for international and regional experts and decision-makers in the HIT field to assemble and work together to progress and develop the industry to the next level,” he said.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations.

HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care.

For more information, visit www.himssme.org

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