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Arab Health 2020: Healthcare connectivity in the spotlight

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Arab Health 2020 is hosting over 4,250 exhibiting companies, representing 159 countries, and will feature 14 CME conferences.

The 45th edition of Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, taking place from January 27 to 30 at the Dubai World Trade Centre and Conrad Dubai Hotel, is all set to provide a platform to the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to meet the medical and scientific community in the Middle East and the subcontinent.

Organised by Informa Markets, Arab Health 2020 is hosting over 4,250 exhibiting companies, representing 159 countries, and will feature 14 Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences, with 55,000 attendees expected to visit the show. The four-day event is renowned for connecting manufacturers and service providers with clinicians, procurement professionals, dealers and distributors.

From state-of-the-art imaging equipment to the most cost-effective disposables; developments in surgery to advances in prosthetics, Arab Health continues to be at the heart of healthcare in the Middle East.

As the largest collection of healthcare product manufacturers and service providers under one roof, the event is a one-stop shop for all healthcare sourcing and procurement needs. At the free to visit show, attendees can explore over thousands of products from more than 66 countries.

Furthermore, accompanying the exhibition is a number of business, leadership and CME conferences and workshops providing the very latest updates and insights into cutting edge procedures, techniques and skills.

Showcasing disruptive technologies

A recent report by Arab Health titled “The Future Of Health Information Technology and The Internet Of Medical Things” highlighted that the value of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) global market was valued at US$41.2 billion in 2017 and is expected to increase to US$158.1 billion in 2022, according to ‘Markets & Markets’. In the MENA region, the figure is expected to increase from US$2 billion to US$9 billion during the same period, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 35 per cent.

“The IoMT refers to connected infrastructure of medical devices, software applications and health systems services, which have grown in the prominence of supporting clinical decisions, reducing incorrect diagnosis, and improving quality of services through the management of chronic diseases and monitoring of hospitalised patients,” said Ross Williams, Exhibition Director of Arab Health.

As part of the 2020 edition of Arab Health, the Innovation Hub will return after its successful inauguration at last year’s show. It will showcase several of the disruptive technologies in the IoMT ecosystem including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), mobile device accessories, smart watches, fitness trackers and applications, disease management devices, health monitors, home care devices and telemedicine devices, to name a few.

The Innovation hub will also feature a startup zone, providing local and international startups the opportunity to display and demonstrate new products and innovations that are shaping the future of healthcare. Located within the central Plaza Hall, companies will display and demonstrate their new products and innovations that will contribute to shaping the future of healthcare.

Over 35 companies have already confirmed their participation in this segment of the show, and include Sharjah-based Nabta Health, a tech-driven company that address gaps in women’s health by integrating digital health components into traditional care pathways to improve clinical outcomes; Balsam United, a Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) provider based in Saudi Arabia; and Seers Technology, a remote patient monitoring solution provider for the global digital health markets, with headquarters in South Korea.

This year will also see the return of the Innov8 Talks segment, where eight SME’s and entrepreneurs for each day of the show will have eight minutes to present their latest ground-breaking healthcare ideas. The final day of the exhibition will see winners from each day ‘pitch off’ to investors, with Amazon, Raiven Capital and Microsoft already confirmed.

Moreover, patient experience towards ‘digitalisation in healthcare and enhancing the patient experience through digital health’ will form the basis of discussion at the newly launched Patient Experience conference, with a focus on empowering the patient to make better decisions, and in turn, implementation of an efficient and stronger healthcare system.

The sessions will be delivered by Dr. Ramadan Alblooshi, Chief Regulatory Office, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dr. Tamara Sunbul, Strategic Planning, Performance Mgmt. & Business Development Office, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare based in Saudi Arabia.

Workshops and Forums

The training and workshop programmes at Arab Health are going to be led by the leaders in the healthcare industry. These sessions will focus on advanced techniques of the latest state-of-the-art equipment across different modalities such as Safety Innovations in the OR, Ultrasound – Liver and Ultrasound MSK & Small Parts, Cardiology, Bariatric & Colorectal Surgeries and many more.

The Clinical Value of AI & Intelligent Imaging Solutions workshop, taking place at Conrad Dubai Hotel, Khasifa Room, level 2, during the Total Radiology Conference, will focus on Canon Medical’s aims to improve healthcare by providing solutions that allow medical professionals to determine the most effective treatment strategies for their patients by generating, integrating and processing all types of essential clinical information.

This workshop will inform the attendees of the latest clinical and workflow innovations within the Canon Medical Healthcare IT solutions, including Vitrea 3D/4D advanced visualisation systems, AI solutions, Global Illumination rendering – and the clinical experience and patient workflow benefits of these solutions in routine clinical practice. Participants will learn about the benefits of Canon’s Collaborative imaging solution including the delivery of integrated intelligence in every step of the patient’s care journey.

While the theme of the Ultrasound Masterclass – Liver, MSK & Small Parts, also part of the Total Radiology Conference and taking place at Conrad Dubai Hotel, Khasifa Room, level 2, is “Liver Package as a Clinical Solution in the Daily Routine”, which includes new and unique tools to assist diffuse liver diseases diagnosis from several important aspects, such as stiffness by using Shear wave Elastography to measure the level of fibrosis, or analysing the tissue viscosity by using Dispersion mode, plus quantifying the liver steatosis level by using Attenuation Imaging, then presenting results in a final report with all related diagnostic ultrasound parameters.

The Roche Women’s Health Symposium, taking place on January 28 at Al Maryah, Level 4, Conrad Dubai, will focus on cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing, also referred to as Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) that has dramatically changed prenatal care. It allows for highly accurate screening for foetal trisomies in twin pregnancies and its performance is similar to that reported in singleton pregnancies and is superior to that of the first-trimester combined test or second-trimester biochemical testing.

Moreover, the first-ever Healthcare Investment Forum, taking place between 29-30 January, will be the place for influential players who are driving a change in healthcare, and investors who are fuelling that change. This forum is the arena to stimulate more investment, change and learning in the healthcare system in the UAE and the region.

While the free-to-attend Healthcare Infrastructure Forum is a new introduction to Arab Health, offering updates from key industry leaders in the fields of infrastructure, spanning the lifecycle of a healthcare facility; from vision through to the design and build, management and operation.

For more information visit www.arabhhealthonline.com

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