Arab Health – the largest gathering of healthcare & trade professionals in MENA

The exhibition takes place from 29 January to 1 February 2018 in Dubai, UAE
Arab Health – the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region – and MEDLAB – the leading global laboratory and diagnostics exhibition – are set to welcome visitors from 29 January – 1 February 2018 and 5 – 8 February 2018, respectively.
Exhibitors will present the latest technology and innovation in the medical field, providing the ideal platform for industry professionals to network, attend specialized sessions and participate in Continuing Medical Education (CME) accredited conferences available at both events. Both Expos will take place at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center.
According to the organizers, in its 43rd edition, Arab Health will welcome over 4,200 exhibiting companies and 103,000 attendees from over 150 countries. 2018 will see the introduction of new experience zones and conferences, further enhancing the visitor experience.
Smart choices
The Personal Healthcare Technology Zone is a new feature for the 2018 show, where exhibitors will display the latest in “Smart” Healthcare Technology that connects patients to physicians and hospitals & clinics. With diseases such as diabetes and obesity becoming increasingly prevalent, Smart Personal Healthcare devices have the potential to help patients and clinicians to monitor these conditions, as well keep track of fitness, blood pressure and even sleep quality.
“With wearable technology becoming an essential part of our daily lifestyle, the Personal Healthcare Technology Zone brings an essential element to the exhibition this year. Smart Personal Healthcare devices will bring the latest technologies to the forefront,” commented Dave Panther, VP of Global Sales, Informa, the organizers of Arab Health.
New conference topics will be introduced in 2018, including; Connected Care, Family Medicine, Obesity, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Hypertension, Anaesthesia, Respiratory Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Dental and Pharmacotherapy.
As the largest laboratory expo worldwide, MEDLAB stems from 15 years of growth alongside the MENA region’s most influential healthcare platform, Arab Health. Moving into its second year as a stand-alone show given its vigorous growth, this annual laboratory meeting is set to welcome over 600 exhibitors and more than 25,000 attendees from over 130 countries.
As an all-encompassing event affirming a multi-disciplinary approach to lab management and diagnostics, MEDLAB is supporting the healthcare advancements in the region by bridging the gap between clinicians and laboratory professionals. The 2018 edition will see the introduction of 7 new tracks, including Endocrinology, Cardiology and Cardiac Markers, Oncology and Tumour Markers, Point-of-Care Testing, Obs-Gyne, and Antibiotic Use and Misuse, bringing the total number of CME-accredited multi-disciplinary conferences to 17. MEDLAB will also provide dedicated Workshops, hosted by leading manufacturers offering the best practice solutions for their areas of expertise.
“The success of MEDLAB as a standalone event last year underscores the overarching influence of laboratory medicine in healthcare. The Congress gives industry professionals the opportunity to meet and network with leading laboratorians from across the globe, whilst sharing their knowledge and learning about global best practices,” commented Tom Coleman, Group Exhibition Director, Informa, the organisers of MEDLAB series.
This year, the leading event for Obstetricians, Gynaecologists and fertility specialists, Obs-Gyne Exhibition and Congress, which has been running for nine consecutive years, will also have a dedicated zone alongside MEDLAB, providing the platform for the assessment of approaches and new technologies to over 2,500 attendees. This fusion with MEDLAB will enable practitioners to better understand and read lab investigations to ultimately improve patient outcomes.
Agfa HealthCare demonstrates “Care You Can See™”
From 1867 to 2017, Agfa HealthCare has built up a century-and-a-half of experience, which has been put to work to enable “Care You Can See”. At Arab Health 2018, the company will demonstrate
its comprehensive portfolio of solutions, including its innovative digital radiography systems powered by MUSICA image processing, the converged Enterprise Imaging platform with specialized departmental workflows, and Integrated Care solutions supporting value-based care needs.
Digital radiography solutions: At the Agfa HealthCare booth, the entire direct radiography (DR) portfolio will be demonstrated via handy touchscreen videos. The comprehensive range includes solutions allowing any healthcare enterprise to experience the benefits of DR. Revolutionary Dynamic MUSICA* image processing now handles moving images, for greater diagnostic confidence. The new, cost-effective, mobile DR100e* offers high-quality imaging, lightweight panels and an excellent workflow. The smaller footprint is ideal for space-limited environments like the ICU and pediatrics. Two versions are available: analog and digital. Agfa HealthCare’s range of DR detectors enables a cassette-less DR workflow, with the resulting productivity benefits. The range includes a choice of fixed, tethered and wireless detectors, with either Cesium Iodide (CsI) or Gadolinium Oxy-Sulphide (GOS) technology. CsI also offers the potential for dose reduction.
In computed radiography (CR), a complete solution will be demonstrated, comprising the CR 15-X, MUSICA workstation and DRYSTAR 5302 imager. The solution’s modular yet robust design provides high image quality, adjustable speed and a user-tuned workflow.
Enterprise Imaging: Visitors to Arab Health 2018 can discover how the award-winning Enterprise Imaging platform, with specialized departmental workflow and comprehensive image management services, enhances clinical collaboration and communication, along the care continuum. Both Enterprise Imaging for Radiology and Enterprise Imaging for Multi-specialties will be showcased.
The Enterprise Imaging Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) consolidates all imaging data, from multiple systems, departments, facilities and vendors, into a central clinical data foundation, and Image Exchange allows the exchange of images within and beyond the hospital walls, between clinicians and towards patients.
The HYDMedia Enterprise Content Management solution enables shared access to all patient documentation and can function as a fully integrated solution with the Enterprise Imaging VNA. Testing with board-certified radiologists has determined that Cesium Bromide (CR) and Cesium Iodide (DR) Detectors, when used with MUSICA image processing, can provide dose reductions of 50 to 60 per cent, compared to traditional Barium Fluoro Bromide CR systems.
Integrated Care: With Agfa HealthCare’s Integrated Care solutions, healthcare enterprises can harness the power of the data existing in their systems and platforms, and use it to support their value-based care needs. The Agfa HealthCare Engage Suite makes information from different sources accessible for all care providers and patients, inside and outside the hospital.
“As we mark 150 years of experience, we are pleased to demonstrate at Arab Health 2018 how we have put our insight and experience to work answering the evolving needs of healthcare organizations, within and outside the hospital walls,” comments Franz Tiani, General Manager Export Region of Agfa HealthCare. “Our comprehensive portfolio truly shows the reality of ‘Care You Can See’, and of our ongoing commitment to developing solutions that support the delivery of excellent, efficient patient care along the care continuum.”
Swisslog Healthcare launches next-generation Pharmacy Analytics platform
Swisslog Healthcare, a leading supplier of medication and supply chain management solutions for health systems, announces the launch of Pharmacy Analytics, a cloud-based data analytics platform designed to help hospital pharmacies improve operational efficiencies. This new Pharmacy Analytics Platform leverages Swisslog Healthcare’s pharmacy automation know-how with deep data expertise to drive actionable insights that empowers pharmacy leaders and their staff to transform pharmacy performance by dynamically managing inventory, increasing stock turnover, decreasing stockouts and reducing waste.
“Our development team used the most powerful database and visualization technologies available to create a scalable platform,” explains Stephan Sonderegger, CEO of Swisslog Healthcare. “Analytics was engineered with industry-leading partners — Amazon Web Services for its cloud-based data warehousing and machine intelligence capabilities, and Tableau for its advanced data intelligence and visualization tools — to empower operational efficiencies.”
Swisslog Healthcare showcased its Pharmacy Analytics Platform in booth #1741 at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition last December in Orlando, USA.
“Swisslog Healthcare is focused on transforming health systems through integrated solutions that change the way pharmacies work,” explains Sonderegger. “By integrating multiple systems and data streams, both real-time and static, Pharmacy Analytics gives users an unprecedented view of their entire medication management continuum.”
Konica Minolta wins award for five products
Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced that the company has been awarded the Good Design Award 2017 by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) for the following five products.
Award-winning products are Care Support Solution; AeroDR 3, a cassette-type digital X-ray system; CM-M6, a multi-angle spectrophotometer; Infinium Σ, an optical planetarium; and Konica Minolta Planetarium “MANTEN”.
Care Support Solution: The product is designed as an indispensable system for care facilities, to enable caregivers to work effectively. Screening Committee of JDP commented: “In Japan, the population is aging more rapidly than in any other country in the world, creating an urgent need to develop efficient caregiving services. In developing the Care Support Solution, Konica Minolta investigated carefully to the needs of caregiving facilities, and appropriately distinguished between tasks that can be left to the system and tasks that only human staff can provide. The result is a sustainable care service with less stress on both caregivers and care recipients.”
AeroDR 3, a cassette-type digital X-ray system: This is a digital X-ray system for medical use characterized by lower dose, light weight, high durability, and improved handling. The shape of the product allows a radiography technologist to hold its body with ease and it causes less stress on the patient. This wireless portable DR system is a flagship model of Konica Minolta’s digital X-ray system AeroDR series. Capable of delivering images with world-leading resolution, this system can be used in a wider range of environments, including a patient’s bedside, ICUs, emergency departments and operating rooms as well as radiography rooms.
NAFFCO’s Mobile Clinic offers practical solutions
NAFFCO mobile units are the most beneficial – qualitatively, technically and economically. NAFFCO Mobile Units designed to operate in tropical zone at high temperature, salt laden and high humidity atmosphere. It is also designed to provide ease of operation, safety, reliability and accessibility for repair and maintenance.
The Non-Extendable Mobile Medical Unit is similar to trucks. This unit can be customized as per client’s requirement. The flexible design of mobile clinic on truck or trailer chassis are built & equipped to serve various clinic applications as follows: X-ray diagnostic applications; Mother & child clinic; Typical clinic for GP & PHCC; Mammography Unit; Blood Donation; Dental, Laboratory; Surgery/ ICU; Physiotherapy or any other specialized area in a hospital (Cardiac, Diabetic, Pharmacy etc.)
Units can come with built–in generators, air conditioning, heating system, water supply, work counters, cabinets, and a full array of medical equipment. Unique features of the construction concept are:
* Free of charge warranty on the sandwich construction of minimum 5 years
* Long term protection of sensitive medical equipment
* Economic life time of the trailer unit > 15 years, with considerable rest value
* Overall lowest cost performance by far
Hill-Rom advances patient care with new Centrella™ Smart+ bed Solution
Global medical technology company Hill-Rom announced the launch of a new medical-surgical bed solution for hospitals that offers optimized patient safety, enhanced patient satisfaction and advanced caregiver-focused technology.
“We are excited to introduce our new med-surg solution, Centrella Smart+ bed, which is revolutionizing the standard of care,” said Paul S. Johnson, president, Hill-Rom Patient Support Systems. “We have engineered the new bed system to help reduce patient falls and pressure injuries, which are significant patient safety concerns. In addition, we are introducing new features to elevate the patient experience and provide caregivers with an unprecedented level of information that enhances patient care.”
Hill-Rom patient safety applications and new patient experience-oriented features enhance outcomes by employing advanced technologies that work with the Centrella bed to deliver targeted results. For example, the Centrella Smart+ bed has advanced verbal and visual notifications – the first of their kind – and is designed with a scalable platform, providing customers with the ability to add additional features or upgrade their system.The Centrella Smart+ bed also integrates Hill-Rom’s advanced NaviCare® Patient Safety application.
The Hill-Rom® NaviCare® Patient Safety System integrates technology, services, clinical programs and clinical expertise to specifically prevent and reduce the risk of falls. The NaviCare system automatically activates safety settings on the bed and alerts caregivers when the bed is in an unsafe state.
In addition, the new Hill-Rom Centrella Smart+ bed system includes convenience features such as USB ports and mobile device storage to make accessing those technologies safe and simple for patients. New surfaces deliver advanced therapy without compromising on quietness, and include the ability for patients to adjust the comfort level of their surfaces. These updates improve the overall experience for patients during their hospital stay.
“We have invested significantly – through immersion with customers and research with clinicians to understand their biggest needs – to deliver a full solution that helps solve some of the most persistent and complex patient safety challenges,” said Johnson. “Our new med-surg solution – anchored by the Centrella Smart+ bed – delivers extraordinary value through its ability to notify caregivers of potential “never events” before they occur.”

Brief updates
Emersons Valve Block System is the latest of a broad selection of products, designed specifically for the use of OEMs in the analytical and medical fields. Combining several functions in one easy to install product, the valve block has a proportional valve to enable variable speed pneumatic control of the dentist’s tools, and valves to control water flow that do not allow calcium build up on the internals, a common cause of failure. Along with the valve block system, Emerson will show standard ASCO solenoid valves. Many of the products on show are available at two days notice as samples, making it even easier and quicker for OEMS and machine builders to develop new variations or prototypes, which can be prove to be a competitive advantage.
The Super Absorbent Fibre and related SAFTM fabrics will be on display as manufacturer Technical Absorbents joins the Medilink contingent on the UK pavilion for the first time at the exhibition. The use of SAF™ in the healthcare industry is predominantly within advanced moist wound care dressings and other medical applications in which there is a need for exudate or liquid capture and containment. Technical Absorbents can manufacture a range of SAF™ grades and can also supply SAF fabrics – airlaid, needlefelt, carded, nets – from 20-1,000gsm to meet customers specific requirements.
A pioneering ‘zero pressure’ mattress that prevents pressure injuries from occurring in intensive care patients will also be showcased. The WIZARD® is an innovative mattress that offers protection to bedridden and critically ill immobile patients. It combines Rober’s signature alternating pressure cell design with an impressive tilt facility. This action gently turns the patient onto their side, comfortably and correctly, thus reducing the requirement for manual handling. The technology used in the WIZARD mimics the body’s natural movements to prevent pressure ulcers from forming. Moving up and down in a wave-like motion, it provides regular and complete pressure relief to all potential contact points. The dynamic system also offers therapeutic properties to promote the healing of established ulcers.
The Priory Group:
Leading mental health specialists, The Priory Group, is attending Arab Health for the first time to showcase a new Priory Wellbeing Centre, which has opened in London’s Harley Street Medical Area. The range of services on offer at the Harley Street Wellbeing Centre include psychological support throughout fertility issues, pregnancy, birth and bonding, as well as treatment for a wide range of conditions including depression, addictions, and eating disorders. It also offers mental health services for young people over the age of 12. The Priory Group has invested nearly £300,000 in the centre which is staffed by a specialist team of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other healthcare professionals and offers a comprehensive range of treatment options.