Dubai to develop global center for heart diseases and surgery

With a 2-day program, DHF held a number of workshops, seminars and discussion panels, where participants traced on a wide range of subjects like Dubai Care Model; excellence to Healthcare, Digital Health, Space Medicine, Value -based care and Health Economics in addition to a number of great topics that foster learning and inspiration

Dubai has an ambitious plan to develop a global center for heart diseases and surgery, the emirate’s health authority revealed at the opening day of the fourth edition of Dubai Health Forum on.

Dubai Health Forum (DHF) in its fourth edition took place on the 2nd-3rd March 2022.

Since its launch in 2017, DHF has become an annual gathering for healthcare leaders, professionals and the community. It gathers a myriad of highly respected decision makers, healthcare leaders, industry experts, innovators, health institutions and organizations representing the wide spectrum of healthcare.

The event is a driver towards sharing ideas, perspectives of UAE for the coming 50 years, aspiration of the future city of Dubai, innovation approach and smart solutions, strategic goals to promoting sustainability and leadership and achieving the global competition in the health eld.

With a 2-day program, the forum held

a number of workshops, seminars and discussion panels, where participants traced on a wide range of subjects like Dubai Care Model; excellence to Healthcare, Digital Health, Space Medicine, Value -based care and Health Economics in addition to a number of great topics that foster learning and inspiration.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, opened the two-day Forum at Dubai International Convention Center.

Game-changing advancements in healthcare

Later in the day, Sheikh Mohammed also toured the forum that showcased game-changing advances in health and wellbeing in line with the Vision 2071 that aims to transform Dubai’s healthcare system into a world-class, cutting edge destination in healthcare and wellness.

During their tours of the Forum, Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan were separately briefed about the global heart center project by Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, director general of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

The project, which aims to create a prestigious world-class center for the treatment of heart diseases, will be equipped with the latest technologies and smart equipment and staffed with highly specialized doctors.

Smart monitoring

The leaders were also briefed on Rashid Hospital’s Control and Follow-up Center for Cardiology that specializes in following up on the progress of heart patients in their homes after they receive treatment at the hospital.

Smart monitoring conducted by the Center is facilitated through a set of smart devices that monitor the patient’s pulse, oxygen saturation, blood sugar levels and other vital indicators, which allow doctors to assess the state of the patient.

A DHA spokesperson told a local newspaper that around 50 heart failure patients aged between 25 and 80 are currently being monitored through the home care devices. The smart facility has helped provide early treatment and reduce the number of hospital visits.

The leaders also viewed Rashid Hospital’s equipment for robot-assisted catheterization operations, which performs cardiac catheterization with a high rate of accuracy and safety.

The leaders were also briefed on the robot-assisted technology for knee and joint surgery used by the Orthocure Centre for Orthopedic and Joint Surgery in Dubai, the only center where the technology is being used outside the United States. Dr. Ali Al Balooshi, consultant Orthopedic and Joint Surgeon provided an overview of the technology and its benefits.

Global impact of Covid-19

In his opening remarks, Al Ketbi said the global impact of COVID-19 and the experience of dealing with the pandemic has highlighted the value of exchanging experiences and expertise.

“We need to promote stronger relations between health institutions, enhance research, constantly improve professional practices and expand the use of smart technologies and solutions. The Dubai Health Forum, which champions these goals, continues to create platforms to support the global, regional and local industry in achieving these aims. The global health community is currently focused on creating an integrated system capable of facing challenges, dealing with emergency situations and enhancing people’s wellbeing.”

By bringing together leading experts, he said the Forum offers exceptional opportunities to discuss such vital topics and forge a uni ed global vision for healthcare sustainability and human wellbeing.

In a panel discussion on ‘Overcoming COVID, a national success story’, Dr Alawi Asheikh Ali, deputy director-general of DHA, Dr Jamal Alkaabi, undersecretary of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, and Dr Yousef Al Serkal, director-general of the Emirates Health Services shared how the wise leadership, the dedicated healthcare professionals, the elaborate infrastructure, science-based approaches and commitment from the people helped the country win the battle over the pandemic. The top health officials also explained how the success in bringing the pandemic under control has better equipped the country in mitigating future crises.

In another panel discussion on ‘Preparing for the next emergency’, experts National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), and the World Health Organization ( W H O ) discussed the possibilities of future crises that will affect the humans, especially related to healthcare.

The event brings together highly respected decision makers, health practitioners, industry experts, scientists, doctors, health specialists and innovators and showcases game-changing advances in health and wellbeing.

More than 2,000 participants, including 60 speakers, representing more than 30 countries, are participating in the Forum. The event features more than 30 sessions, in addition to a range of training workshops, lectures and discussions.

Discussions being held at the Forum over two days are grouped under 10 main themes. Vital topics being discussed include the COVID-19 pandemic, the new normal, the path to recovery, vaccination, effective post – pandemic care, sustainable development of the healthcare industry, the role of the media in the COVID-19 pandemic, digital health, genomics, space medicine, big data and artificial intelligence, value-based care and health economics.