With a growing number of healthcare infrastructure projects in the pipeline for the GCC, innovation and technology remains the focus for the region’s healthcare industry
The 42nd edition of Arab Health Exhibition & Congress, the region’s largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals, was officially inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and the President of the Dubai Health Authority. The event, that took place from 30 January-2 February 2017 in Dubai, offered business development, training and learning opportunity for healthcare trade professionals from across the world.
This year’s Arab Health featured an additional 400 exhibitors, with 4,400 companies showcasing their latest innovations to over 100,000 attendees from over 70 countries. The event saw the introduction of the new Hands-on-Training (HoT) sessions, which allow more than 900 physicians, surgeons and technicians from the region to learn and practice new techniques using state-of-the-art equipment for specialised treatments in areas such as cardiology, neurology, surgery, gastroenterology, urology, oncology and radiology. His Excellency, Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said: “Dubai has become one of
the world’s most attractive destinations to gather international exper ts and major institutions for conferences and forums. The city provides a promising platform for economic trade and business exchange, and fostering future relationships. This is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, for Dubai to be central to all future projects including those in healthcare.” “The Arab Health Exhibition & Congress is an impor tant oppor tunity for inter national health
institutions to exchange knowledge, access the latest in medical technology, and review what has been achieved within healthcare and emerging fields of healthcare such as smart health technology. The DHA is always keen to embrace unique medical solutions that help deliver better health outcomes and such congresses provide us a platform to network with experts in the field from the region and abroad,” His Excellency concluded.
Khalid Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Shamsi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said, “We have witnessedpositive changes in the health sector whereby patients nowadays demand for higher degrees of efficiency and flexibility from the healthcare system. In this context,we at DHCA are proud to support a platform such as Arab Health Exhibition & Congress which provides a great insight into the latest developments within the healthcare industry.”
Latest technologies on show
Running for the second year and following its success in 2016, the 3D Medical Printing Zone has expanded for this edition of Arab Health, reflecting the growing use of 3D printing technology in healthcare, estimated to grow by 18.3 per cent annually until 2020. Items on show include 3D-printed bionic limbs and real life models of 3D-printed organ models among others. “Our vision for 3D printing to become the standard of care is becoming a reality, based on forward thinking groups and leaders such as Dr. Mohammad Al Redha in the Department of Organisational Transformation in the Dubai Health Authority and the adoption of 3D printing across its hospitals,” said Scott Rader, GM Medical Solutions at Stratasys.
Arab Health’s multi-track congress offered the program of Continuing Medical Education (CME) to over 8,500
attending medical professionals in the region. A total of 14 conferences were held over the four days including
Workforce Empowerment, Big Data, Healthcare Business Forum, Quality Management, Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology, and the Leaders in Healthcare conference.
ME D L A B – w o r l d ‘ s l a r g e s t l a b o r a t o r y exhibition and congress
The first standalone edition of MEDLAB Exhibition & Congress was officially inaugurated by His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority. Following 15 years of success alongside the region’s flagship healthcare event, Arab Health, the laboratory show is a standalone event and took place from 6 – 9 February 2017 in Dubai, UAE. Spanning over six exhibition halls, the show accommodated more than 700 international exhibitors, over 400 ground breaking medical laboratory products
and services, 11 CME-accredited conferences and w e l c o m e d o v e r 3 0 , 0 0 0 l a b o r a t o r y a n d t r a d e
With MEDLAB looking at bridging the gap between the laboratory and clinical settings, the congress focused on
two key topics – laboratory management and cardiac markers (measurement of heart functions), with healthcare leaders addressing topics varying from the risks of the use of social media in healthcare, to how to improve cardiac testing. The day also saw the start of the 5th Middle East Diabetes Conference, led by Dr Nader Lessan, Consultant Endocrinologist, Imperial College London, Diabetes Centre, who gave regional insights into diabetes care. The conference, which is normally held at Arab Health, is now part of MEDLAB to improve the relationship between the laboratory and clinicians when diagnosing and treating diabetes. During the four-day congress, MEDLAB unveiled the industry’s latest updates on laboratory testing and developments in clinical diagnostics. Within its new scientific programme, comprising 11 multi-disciplinary conferences, the congress introduced three new tracks including blood transfusion medicine, laboratory informatics, and clinical diagnostics of cardiology and diabetes, in addition to the more established laboratory management, microbiology, immunology and clinical chemistry tracks.
Offering delegates the chance to earn up to 28.0 credits o f C o n t i n u i n g Me d i c a l E d u c a t i o n ( CME ) , t h e
conferences were spearheaded by regional and global industry leaders, who presented the latest research,
innovations, and drive discussions on best practice in laboratory medicine.
Simon Page, Managing Director of Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, the organisers of MEDLAB, explained how impor tant the show is in bringing healthcare professionals together to improve the provision of healthcare in the region. “MEDLAB provides access to hundreds of laboratory innovations and insights into medical breakthroughs that will help improve healthcare, both in the Middle East and globally. The congress has been designed to foster collaboration and encourage the sharing of knowledge and skills between two pillars of healthcare – the laboratory and clinicians – to ultimately improve patient care outcomes, particularly in this part of the world,” he said. “The Arab Health Exhibition & Congress is an important opportunity for international health institutions to exchange knowledge, access the latest in medical technology, and review what has been achieved within healthcare and emerging fields of healthcare such as smart health technology. The DHA is always keen to embrace unique medical solutions that help deliver better health outcomes and such congresses provide us a platform to network with experts in the field from the region and abroad,” His Excellency concluded. Khalid Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Shamsi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said, “We have witnessed positive changes in the health sector whereby patients nowadays demand for higher degrees of efficiency and flexibility from the healthcare system. In this context, we at DHCA are proud to support a platform such as Arab Health Exhibition & Congress which provides a great
insight into the latest developments within the healthcare industry.”