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3rd Annual Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit 2011…

The Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit Team is delighted to announce confirmed speakers for the 3rd annual Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit 2011, 20-21st September, Brussels: Inform your international wireless health strategy with 2 days of pure case studies and interactivity from 60 executive speakers including: Andrew Fenton, Chief Information Officer, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK George Crooks, COO, NHS24, Scotland Vincenzo Costiglilola, President, European Medical Association, European Association for Predictive Preventative and Personalised Medicine, Belgium Thierry Zylberberg, Exec VP Strategic Partnerships and General Manager Health Business, France Telecom, France Keith Nurcombe, Managing Director - O2 Health / Global Director, Telefonica, UK Bradley Merrill Thompson, Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences Practice, EpsteinBeckerGreen, USA Marco Mohwinckel, Healthcare Innovation, Janssen, Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson and Johnson, UK Asa Nordgren, CEO, Great Connection, USA Fredrik Linden, SALAR, Project Coordinator, Smart Open Services for European Patients (epSOS), Sweden Emre Tav?anc?l, Health Products Manager, Turkcell, Turkey Unique to the Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit 2011: Bored of hearing rhetorical 'what if' scenarios at other mHealth events? We understand the need to move the health connectivity discussion into a commercial context, that's why the Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit is entirely case-study driven, with a focus on mature markets, and engagement across the wireless, health and fitness sectors in public and private associations and service providers. With a new access price of €599 for everyone, and many working groups and cross-pollinator sessions to ensure holistic eco-system networking, this event is designed to maximise your business networking and learning time and ROI. Co-located with an exclusive European mHealth Alliance (EUmHA) workshop At the heart of EU regulation and Governance, Brussels In collaboration with the Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit Ambassadors Board Focused entirely on active case studies and industry participation in mature markets with cross-pollinator sessions, and working groups Sample topics Include: Accessing Health Keynote: Ensuring Cost-Effective Access to Health Support Anytime, Anywhere  Productivity Keynote: The Role of Productivity, Cost-saving and Staff Efficiency in Health Care, Social Care and Wellness  Case Study: Developing Capacity into Existing Healthcare Systems Real Routes to Market: Identifying Sustainable Socio-Economic Payer Structures for Health  Impacts on Users: Identifying Impacts of New Mobile Healthcare Applications on Users Creating Sustainable Public Policy for Wireless Healthcare Support Services and Products Trends in Mature Market Healthcare: Case Studies From The New Breed of Health Support  Eco-System Cross-Pollinator Session Devices panel discussion: tracking the evolution of medical and consumer targeted devices How do you register? Registration is open and we already have several bookings; make the most of our early bird rate. To book a delegate place click here The Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit ... Read more

GSMA-mHA Mobile Health Summit 2011…

GSMA-mHA Mobile Health Summit 2011Cape Town, South Africa6-9 June 2011 The incredible advancement of mobile communications has created an opportunity to revolutionise the healthcare industry. From tools that promote healthy lifestyles to remotely monitoring disease outbreaks, the future of worldwide health clearly lies in mobile technology. Brought to you by leaders in the global health and mobile industries, the inaugural GSMA-mHA Mobile Health Summit will bring together senior executives from both ecosystems. The event™s conference, exhibition and networking will encourage the collaboration and relationships needed to realize the potential of mobile health. Join us in Cape Town for this future-setting event as we enable the Heart of Mobile Health. Visit ... Read more

Global E-Health Forum
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Global E-Health Forum – Hamburg 2011 will take place on October 11-13 Designing Personalized Healthcare: Hamburg, March 7, 2011: Improving the quality of healthcare, increasing the efficiency of the systems and ensuring patient empowerment - these are the common goals worldwide when discussing the necessary transformation of the systems in order to guarantee a sustainable healthcare delivery in the future. TheGlobal E-Health Forum – Hamburg 2011 will represent all the major stakeholders involved in designing personalized healthcare. “E-Health is increasingly seen as a key enabler for this transformation”, so Ljubisav Matejevic, founder and director of the Global E-Health Forum. “And as a key enabler for the evolution process towards personalized healthcare in general. Healthcare that is proactive, instead of reactive, gives the patient the opportunity and the responsibility to become more involved in their own health. The ultimate goal will be to shape preventive and diagnostic care to match each person’s unique characteristics.” The first two conference days will feature speakers from all over the globe. Their strategy presentations and case studies will be complemented by discussion forums, workshops and an exhibition of solution providers. The third day is dedicated to various breakout sessions and guided tours at different locations (among others hospitals) targeting the individual information needs of special interest groups. The Global E-Health Forum is an interdisciplinary platform to discuss strategies, cross-border cooperation and collaboration, innovative economic/financing models. “We need to learn from best practices regarding quality and knowledge management, standardization, process optimization. And we need to implement a patient-centric way of thinking.” concludes Ljubisav Matejevic. “Our challenge is to design personalized healthcare.” For further information and registration, please see www.global-ehealth-forum.com For further information, please contact: Global E-Health Forum – Hamburg 2011 c/o Common Sense – Gesellschaft für Marketing + Kommunikation mbH Hofweg 8, 22085 Hamburg, Germany Telefon: + 49 - 40 - 43 21 35 53 E-Mail: gehf@common-sense.biz President of Canada Health Infoway to Deliver Keynote at GEHF ... Read more

Africa Health 2011
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Africa Health is a major three-day Exhibition and Congress that will take place 9-11 May 2011 in South Africa as an integral part of IIR and Informa's successful exhibition and conference portfolio, and as an extension of IIR Middle East's leading ... Read more

IPR London 2011
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The International Paediatric Radiology Congress, which is held every tenth year in Europe, is coming to London from the 27th 31st May 2011, at the Metropole Hilton Hotel. This event is being organized by the joint societies of Paediatric Radiology, the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) and the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) and supported by the Asian Oceanic Society for Paediatric Radiology (AOSPR) and Sociedad Latino Americana de Radiología Pediátrica (SLARP). There is an exciting and extensive program on offer which includes; a wide selection of world renowned speakers, debates, competitions, a selection of six different sunrise sessions each morning, 200 posters, and a series of state of the art mini-symposia. The social programme makes the most of London's legendary and unique artistic, historic and architectural heritage. Full information is available online at: ... Read more

Intel Joins The European mHealth Alliance.…

The Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit congratulates news from The European mHealth Alliance (EuMHA), who on Friday announced Intel as a foundation member. Intel have agreed to Chair the Innovation Workstream of EuMHA and will join the International Leadership Panel, which advises the Board of EuMHA on Strategy. David McCarron, EMEA Healthcare Manager of Intel said "We are delighted to be part of EuMHA which is providing leadership in Europe in what is a fast growing but new and fragmented sector. Today, the healthcare industry worldwide is far from healthy. Mobile health solutions should help to give better access to care at acceptable costs and improve quality and security. We believe the opportunity to work with the membership mix of EuMHA which includes Healthcare Providers, Research Institutes and companies, large and small will deliver much needed focus.” Following a week of announcements at the mHealth Summit in Washington, this news suggests a similar element of opportunity and collaboration among the EU stakeholders in mHealth. Most noticeably EuMHA membership seems to nod towards multi-disciplinary and cross-Atlantic best practice sharing – something essential in order to avoid ‘re-invinting the wheel’ in regulation negotiation, design, user-uptake and interoperability issues within mobile healthcare adoption and development. 2011 looks set to be an exciting year for EuMHA and mHealth generally. Watch this space! Intel will be among the delegate audience at the Mobile Healthcare Industry Review on the afternoon/evening of the 14th December – join us for some informed sessions and roundtables before two hours of networking drinks with the most involved in mobile healthcare service and product development. Register here, for ... Read more

Medhealth Beirut 2011, what is expected?…

Arab Hospital Federation (AHF) represents one of the highly prestigious healthcare organizations in the Middle East, as it includes a wide range of Arab countries represented by high-profiled officials. AHF conducted 8 previous conferences, moving between several Arab cities. The latest version was Medhealth 2010 meeting in Cairo. Medhealth Beirut 2011, a new prospect for a new decade. The next AHF conference (Medhealth 2011) will take place in the beautiful city of Beirut in Lebanon. 2011’s AHF Annual meeting will be conducted under the high patronage of H.E. General Michel Sleiman, The President of the Lebanese republic. The event takes place while various Arab countries have decided to draw more attention to their healthcare and medical sectors, which appear when we check the increasing budgets Arab countries are directing towards these sectors. Medhealth Beirut 2011 will be attended by a number of highly-ranked Arab healthcare officials, such as health ministers, directors, and officials from the Arab League. The attendees will gather at the Arab Hospital Federation Annual Forum to discuss the latest in the Arab healthcare and medical sectors. Medhealth Beirut 2011 program highlights. Various interesting topics will be discussed during Medhealth Beirut 2011; such topics include reviewing the latest emerging healthcare trends, Managing Health Tourism: from Local to Global, Greening and Sustainability in Healthcare, in addition to Managing Quality care in the next decade. Moreover, the Arab Hospital Federation Annual Forum will allow its attendees a genuine chance to meet and network with a group of top-leveled healthcare and IT experts from Western countries, interactive discussions will take place between presenters and attendees to ensure maximum benefits. Arab Hospital Federation Annual Forum, what about Exhibitors? Arab Hospital Federation Annual Forum offers an excellent chance to exhibitors, at the Medhealth 2011 Congress, to showcase their latest innovative products and services, interact with their current clients, and to gain new customers. A wide range of companies are welcomed to contribute to Medhealth 2011 Congress, such as Hospitals & specialized Medical Centers, in addition to medical equipment, pharmaceutical, ICT, and health insurance companies. For registration and more information, please visit ... Read more

Mobile Healthcare 2010 Industry Review, why you cannot …

Mobile Healthcare Industry Review is going to be held on the 14th of December in London. The event takes place while there is an increased global attention to mobile healthcare and telehealth in general as both offer potential benefits especially regarding delivering improved, rapid healthcare and medical services to remote and rural locations, in addition to lowering the costs of healthcare on both patients and healthcare sectors. Mobile Healthcare 2010 is going to discuss with its attendees a number of highly useful and interesting topics. These topics include, for instance, a case study on how UK Healthcare Professionals are using Mobile, another session includes discussions on How UK Healthcare Professionals Use Mobiles and Mobility, Rapid SMS Aid in Rural Africa, a panel discussion titled “What’s Hot and What’s Not in Mobile Healthcare”, in addition to several other topics. Mobile Healthcare 2010 will be attended by a number of high-profile speakers. They include James Sherwin-Smith, CEO, Devices4, Ken Blakeslee, Chairman, WebMobility Ventures, Dr. Joey Mason, Partner, Delta Partners, George Macginnis, PA Consulting, Telehealth Expert, in addition to Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF. Registration for Mobile Healthcare 2010 Industry Review is still available for only £99. If you desire to attend this highly interesting event, please submit your registration by visiting the following link. http://www.mobilehealthcareindustrysummit.com/register/mobile_healthcare_review Read More about Mobile Healthcare : Intel Joins The European mHealth ... Read more

Abu Dhabi takes bold strides as center for health …

Abu Dhabi  ** October 2010 – Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, advances as a healthcare innovation center this December as it hosts the World Health Care Congress Middle East, a premier meeting of key global healthcare stakeholders that will share best practices for improving the delivery of high quality cost-effective care. The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the emirate’s regulatory body for the healthcare sector, is at the forefront in encouraging global innovations for health awareness, research and innovation. Since beginning an extensive healthcare restructure plan in 2007, it has launched numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing its health care knowledge base and continuing its development an a center of health care excellence. The emirate aims to create a healthcare system where everyone has full access to health care. Abu Dhabi has taken significant pro-active steps toward improving its health care system through the creation of HAAD four years ago. The restructured system provides independent systems for regulating, financing and providing health care. Recent efforts include Introduction of mandatory health insurance A far-reaching 12-point strategic plan for improving all areas of health care delivery Hosting international forums for management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes Expansion of hospital systems and health care services; Abu Dhabi has 39 hospitals and 572 health centers and clinics. The Abu Dhabi Health Services Co. (SEHA) plans opening two new major hospitals by 2013 Increasing its global reach through funding the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C Partnerships with several of the world’s health innovation leaders, including Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Bumrungrad International in Thailand “Abu Dhabi is demonstrating a bold vision in the development of a health care system that is a leader not only in the Middle East, but around the globe,” said Vidar Jorgensen, Chairman of the World Health Care Congress. “The World Health Care Congress Middle East will bring the world’s top health care innovators and leaders to Abu Dhabi, where ideas will be exchanged and posted on the internet for the benefit of all. We are very excited for the opportunity to provide a global forum for the leading edge of health care innovation.” The World Health Care Congress Middle East will mark the next significant step in Abu Dhabi’s strategic commitment to excellence in health care and to developing a global center for health care innovation and research. The event will include a focus on health innovation, including a special health innovation summit, “Innovations to Watch” demonstration session and a poster exhibit dedicated to affordable health care innovations. H.E. Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of HAAD said: “Healthcare in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is going through a period of pronounced private sector investment, radical changes to the insurance system and a shift in government focus from operational to regulatory responsibilities.” “Despite successes in reform, private sector participation and a marked improvement in the overall provision of care, many wards are operating at full or near-full capacity. Pediatric intensive care units were consistently more than three-quarters full in 2009. Growth is needed in services related to diabetes and cancer, while low capacity in gynecology and orthopedics means greater investment is required in those fields as well”, H.E. Al Siksek added. With the World Health Care Congress, Abu Dhabi and the Gulf region will hear from the globe’s top health care innovators while exchanging the knowledge it has garnered during its reform process. Produced by global health care conference leader World Congress, the conference will take a global approach toward discovering the top emerging innovations and best practices for improving health care delivery and financing. Key themes of the World Health Care Congress Middle East include: Hospitals and health systems Healthcare technology and interoperability Healthcare investment, financing and insurance Public and population health Education for health care professionals  Innovations in chronic disease management Key innovation speakers include:  H.E. Engineer Zaid Al Siksek, Chief Executive Officer, Health Authority – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed, National Coordinator for Federal Ministry of E-Health, Pakistan Dr. Sultan Al Sedairy, Executive Director, Research Centre, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Saudi Arabia David Green, Chief Executive Officer, Project Impact, USA Dr. Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospital Group, India Other WHCC ME featured speakers include: Michael J. Barber, Vice President, GE healthymagination, USA Hon. Joe Cassar, MD, Minister for Health, the Elderly and Community Care, Malta Jason Cheah, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore Lord Ara Darzi, Professor of Surgery, Oncology, Reproductive Biology and Anesthetics, Imperial College London; former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health, United Kingdom Micheal Reid, Director General, Queensland Health, Brisbane, Australia Uwe Reinhardt, PhD, Professor of Economics & Public Affairs, Princeton University, USA Prof. Jianqin Sun, Huadong Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China About World CongressWorld Congress, the leading global provider of healthcare conferences, forges health care communities by convening senior executives from all segments of the industry and government policymaking. Whether it’s our annual flagship event, the World Health Care Congress, its overseas counterpart, World Health Care Congress Europe, or one of our more specialized Congresses and Leadership Summits, we produce the premier industry forums that generate content that matters and foster connections that provide the lasting benefits.www.worldcongress.com WHAT: The World Health Care Congress Middle EastWHERE: Abu Dhabi, UAE, Beach Rotana HotelWHEN: December 5-7, 2010PROGRAM AGENDA: www.worldcongress.com/meMEDIA REGISTRATION: www.worldcongress.com/me/mediaContact: Patrick Golden 1+781-939-2511 patrick.golden@worldcongress.com About Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD): The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is the regulative body of the Healthcare Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ensures excellence in Healthcare for the community by monitoring the health status of the population. HAAD defines the strategy for the health system, monitors and analyses the health status of the population and performance of the system. In addition HAAD shapes the regulatory framework for the health system, inspects against regulations, enforces standards, and encourages adoption of world – class best practices and performance targets by all healthcare service providers in the Emirate. HAAD also drives programs to increase awareness and adoption of healthy living standards among the residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in addition to regulating scope of services, premiums and reimbursement rates of the health system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.www.haad.ae/haad/ About Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) was established in September 2004. It has wide ranging responsibilities for building and developing the emirate's tourism industry. These include; destination marketing; infrastructure and product development and regulation and classification. A key role is to create synergy in the international promotion of Abu Dhabi through close co-ordination with the emirate's hotels, destination management companies, airlines and other public and private sector travel-related ... Read more

The Second International eHealth Conference 2011 …

Pakistan is one of the main countries in the Middle East that have started to adopt telemedicine and e-Health. Both provide significant aid to the country in delivering healthcare services to remote and rural regions. Moreover, Pakistan established e-learning centers for training doctors and healthcare providers, like the one established at Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi. The ehealth Association of Pakistan is glad to announce its Second International eHealth Conference 2011 (SIeHC 2011), that will take place in Islamabad during the 22nd and 23rd of January 2011. eHealth conference 2011 will be carried out under the theme: “eHealth and the Road to the Millennium Development Goals” SIeHC 2011 is going to be conducted while there is an increasing global attention to the potential benefits telehealth and eHealth are able to offer, with focus on the fact that they both are able to significantly reduce the costs of healthcare services on patients and on healthcare facilities as well. Meanwhile, both applications promote the levels of doctors in healthcare facilities as they allow continuous consultations between younger and more experienced professionals. Pakistan eHealth Association’s Second International ehealth Conference 2011will discuss a number of interesting and useful topics, such as the rule and effects of eHealth adoption on the healthcare, economic and social aspects. Several presentations will also highlight new innovations in eHealth. SIeHC 2011 is also illustrating the role of healthcare providers in promoting the adoption of telehealth and eHealth in both public and private sectors. The event will discuss the role of mobile health and how it can overcome several technical issues experienced with telehealth, such as the lack of access to broadband internet connections. eHealth Conference 2011 will include sessions discussing the role of telehealth in disasters, and how they can aid in delivering services to the affected regions in a short period of time to minimize the devastating effects that follow such ... Read more

Telemedicine, A Middle East perspective…

Africa Telehealth Conference 2010 held at Cairo discussed many important and interesting topics related to telemedicine in the MENA region. During the conference, many presentations were made by professors from different countries. They discussed the adoption of telehealth in Middle East and Africa, the benefits and the challenges affecting that adoption. Each professor mentioned his experience in this field and what are the right steps to adopt telemedicine in the region in a professional way. They also highlighted the importance of communicating with expertise in this field in order to avoid the mistakes of the previous trials using telehealth. Current situation of Telemedicine in Sudan: During the presentation of Dr. Abdelmoniem Sahal, Chairman of E-health group in Sudan, he discussed the current situation of telemedicine in Sudan. He mentioned that the adoption of telemedicine started in 2005 and it has been improving since then. He also discussed the challenges facing Sudanese healthcare providers in adopting telemedicine and how they should work to overcome these obstacles in order to improve the adoption of telemedicine in more extended way to gain more of its benefits. When we asked Dr. Abelmoniem about his impression regarding the event he said “It is an excellent opportunity to listen to the experience of the other expertise who work in this field from different countries in the world “He also mentioned that “beginning from 2005, we faced many obstacles during teleheath adoption. But starting form this year there is a new beginning,  I expect a strong coordination with Egypt and more benefits gained from the Pakistani initiative, and we are looking forward to improve working on the African Arabian network “ Dr. Abdelmoniem added that the main challenges that are facing Middle East and Africa are: 1-the huge fees demanded by mobile network providers.  2- The different issues related to Human resources, including non existence of expertise in the field of telemedicine, the lack of training programs. The 3rd challenge is the limited awareness of the importance of telemedicine and its role in healthcare which creates difficulty in finding aid from the public and the government. How Telemedicine helped in recent flood disaster in Pakistan: Professor Dr. Asif Zafar, Head of Department of Surgery, Project Director Telemedicine & e-Health Training Center Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, discussed during his presentation the use of telemedicine in his country, giving an example of the e-learning training center at the Holy Family Hospital. He mentioned that Pakistan has experience in using telemedicine to provide healthcare services in a number of remote and rural areas. He highlighted how telemedicine training center at the hospital plays an important role, this center helped in training 100 doctors and nurses in two weeks time. In addition, Dr. Zafar focused on how telemedicine in Pakistan played a significant role during the recent natural disasters, and how it helped in providing healthcare services in flooded regions. He added that telemedicine lead to decrease cost affect on the patient and on the healthcare facilities in addition to decreasing the number of migrates from the affected regions.  In a presentation from India, titled “International teleradiology highlighting the role of telemedicine” Dr. Ashis Dhawad focused on the importance of telemedcince and how the Middle East and Africa can use the experience of Western countries such as US and Canada to gain more benefits. During the conference, we talked with Dr. E. Lyle Gross, MD, FRCPC, Physical medicine and Rehabilitation adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Gross mentioned that “In many ways similar to large countries where there Is a lot of space we need to connect people together and the future is going to be that all communities no matter how large or how small they are, particularly small communities, will benefit from the specialists and consultants in larger centers and when we don’t have the answers we can consult our colleagues in other parts of the world. So the cost savings to government, to insurance, and to people will be increased “ Dr .Gross added that “who can make these changes are leaders in business, leaders who provide the service, leaders in technology and leaders in the government. We have to bring them together and see people implement this. I believe that the private and the public working together is critical“ In addition, Dr.Gross said that “There are organizations not just hospitals that I have met and Telemed Providers is one of those organizations that is trying to bring all the key players together to provide a hub of service to both private and public “ During the event Andrew Graley, Regional director, Polycom mentioned that this conference has been a great opportunity because it illustrated that a lot of professional people, medical and paramedics, in the Middle East and Africa recognized that there is such a benefit from quick and also high quality telemedicine because it can save lives. He also mentioned that the future of telemedicine in Middle East and Africa is bright. In an interesting practical experience of videoconferencing using FVC Egypt equipment, Dr. Ryan Spaulding, from the University of Kansas School of Medicine Telemedicine Center, gave a live presentation and demo from Kansas explaining different type of telemedicine equipment and services the center has been using over the past few years and how affective it had been in improving patient care, particularly the home based elderly patients. Use of Telemedicine in Burkino Faso, West Africa: Dr. Peter Van Dingenen who is originally from Belgium but currently a volunteer medical specialist working in remove West Africa at Burkina Faso, explained how he and his team are helping the community in Burkina Faso to reach better medical care using simple telemedicine techniques and equipment.  He gave practical examples of many cases that were cured within days and weeks after they approached the affected areas and these cases had been there since years and were not treated because of lack of education and facilities. When we asked Dr. Oryema Johnson, MD, Texas Telehealth Technologies, USA about his impression regarding the event he said that it has been a successful event and he is impressed with it. Dr. Johnson added that the future of telemedicine in the Middle East and Africa is very Bright. Moreover Dr. Johnson mentioned that adopting telemedicine in the Middle East and Africa will eliminate the patients from travelling abroad for consultation and it will improve the local economy because a lot of money will be spent locally in the Middle East and Africa. Overall, we believe that the conference was a good place to network with similar and layout a foundation plan for telehealth in the ... Read more


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Telehealth and telemedicine is currently one of the significantly growing fields in healthcare industry. This is due to the fact that both fields have various advantages that can truly improve the levels of healthcare and medical services. Africa Telehealth 2010 conference, currently taking place in Cairo, Egypt, is aiming to discuss the adoption of tele-health, the benefits and the challenges affecting that adoption. The event was organized by Texas Telehealth Tech (TTT) and sponsored by leading telemedicine solutions provider, Polycom & FVC, Gross Remote Conferencing, and emerging Telemedicine company in the Middle East, Telemed Providers. The event extends from 23th – 25th of October with Health Imaging Hub contributing as the official media sponsor. In this report, we highlight the events and sessions that took place during the first day of the conference. The first day of Africa Telehealth 2010 included a number of highly interesting sessions. After welcoming the attendees, the event started with a presentation from Dr. Sahar Saleem, Radiology Professor, Faculty of Medicine (Kasr El Aini), Cairo University. She spoke about telemedicine in Egypt, mentioning that the first radiology practice in the country, also the first in Middle East, took place in 1922. Dr. Saleem briefly spoke about radiology statistics in Egypt, such as number of MRI units in the country (160), and their ratio in relation to population (2 MRI units per million capita). She also added that PACS systems are currently used in Egypt but on a very limited scale. Dr. Saleem confirmed during her presentation that telemedicine represents a suitable solution against a number of obstacles hindering the improvement of healthcare services, such as lack of specialists and equipment in rural areas, over population and over-crowded cities such as Cairo and Alexandria, where patients need a lot of time to reach radiology centers. Dr. Saleem added that telemedicine can improve the level of radiologists in Egypt as a result to continuous discussions and consultations with their colleagues in Western countries such as US and Canada, adding that such discussions can be useful if they take place between radiologists in Arab countries. She concluded that the expansion in telemedicine adoption in Egypt will be highly cost-effective, not only for patients, as they will no longer need to travel for long distances to radiology centers, but also for hospitals and healthcare facilities. Remote presentations during the 2010 Africa Telehealth Conference: The following session was a keynote speech conducted by Dr. E. Lyle Gross, MD, FRCPC, Physical medicine and rehabilitation adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Gross spoke during his presentation about the beginning of telemedicine in the United Sates. He also confirmed that telehealth has been taking an increasing role throughout the last years; he explained that UNESCO Chair of Telemedicine was introduced in 1999 in order to extend the use of telemedicine in several developing countries, especially in Africa. Dr. Gross added that that telemedicine has been used in several countries such as US, France, Canada, UK, Pakistan, Sudan, Kenya and Burkina Faso. The presentation also included highlighting a number of challenges that hinder the expansion of telemedicine adoption; such as the technology barriers including the fact that various locations do not have broadband internet access. He also added that bureaucracy, natural crisis, along with cultural and lingual differences, all play a role in limiting the use of telemedicine in several countries. Dr. Gross concluded his session with his prospects and expectations for telemedicine. He said that an inter-disciplinary collaboration along with team working and enhanced communication will surely improve the adoption of telemedicine in the near future. Professor Dr. Asif Zafar, Head of Department of Surgery, Project Director Telemedicine & e-Health Training Center Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, spoke during his presentation about the use of telemedicine and e-learning training center in Pakistan. He noted that the country has an experience in using telemedicine to provide healthcare services in a number of remote and rural areas. He discussed the role of telemedicine training center at Holy Family hospital in Rawalpindi, which succeeded in training 100 doctors and nurses in two weeks time. Professor Zafar also highlighted the role of telemedicine in Pakistan during natural disasters and how it helped in providing healthcare services in flooded regions. He noted that telemedicine adoption in the county will continue to increase following the collaboration with Pakistan and US, the involvement of both public and private sectors in the country, and the use of teleradiology service via mobile network service providers. The following sessions included several speakers from Egypt; they started with a presentation conducted by Professor Manar El Tonsy, Radiology department, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, she spoke about teleparasitolgy and its uses especially in tropical medicine. She added that such service would reduce the cost and time needed for diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infestations. She showed an example of a Leshmainasis patient, who was referred to her from Iraq, he had very poor health condition due to improper diagnosis for two years. Dr. El Tonsy confirmed that if there was a system for tele-parasitolgy it would significantly help that patient, through online consultations and discussions between doctors in Iraq and Egypt, to reach an accurate diagnosis much earlier. The following session included Dr. Heba Yossef, Assistant Professor of forensic medicine and clinical toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, who spoke about an applied model program “E learning forum” that provided educational services for both under- and post-graduate students through the faculty’s website. She highlighted the benefits offered by the model and how it improved the skills of the students. Professor Yossef also noted a number of technical obstacles that faced their model including the lack of sufficient IT support. The next session was conducted by Professor. Sahar Talaat, pathology professor, Faculty of Medicine (Kasr Al Aini), Cairo University. She spoke about the E-learning project which offered medical education to students at her faculty. Professor Talaat highlighted the objective and the benefits of the project, which included flexibly, active learning and interactivity between students and their professors. She added that the e-learning courses were developed in the faculty starting from 2006, and they now include 13 courses. The next speaker in Africa Telehealth 2010 first day was Professor. Essam Ayad, pathology professor, Faculty of Medicine (Kasr Al Aini), Cairo University, and the head of telepathology unit at the Italian Hospital in Cairo, Dr. Ayad spoke about the collaboration between the Italian Hospital in Cairo and CIVICO Hospital in Palermo, Italy, in developing telepathology project. He highlighted the steps of the project and the devices and equipment used during preparation. Dr. Ayad discussed the benefits of the telepathology project for both patients, as it saved their time and money, and for doctors, by providing medical consultations with Italian colleagues. Dr. Ayad concluded that the telepathology project has extended to involve other hospitals in UK, US, and Italy. Dr. Sahar Saleem conducted the next presentation, which was discussing teleradiology in Egypt. She highlighted the goals of teleradiology in the country and how it can be used to provide radiology services in remote areas and over-populated cites as well, in addition to the opportunity teleardiology offers to Egypt to be a link between Arabian, African countries and the Western ones.  Dr. Saleem discussed medico-legal issues and medical liabilities involved in teleradiology. She noted that teleradiology services in Egypt are following ACR standards for interpretation and reporting. Africa Telehealth 2010 continued with several very interesting web-conferences on its first day. The first one connected the attendees with Dr. Ryan Spaulding, from Telemedicine Center, School of Medicine, University of Kansas. Dr. Spaulding spoke on his presentation about telemedicine service in Kansas; he highlighted the benefits of the service in the State as it includes delivering healthcare to various remote and rural areas with limited access to medical services. Dr. Spaulding discussed the use of telemedicine to provide healthcare at schools and how digital equipment such as digital otoscope and digital stethoscope were used to transfer medical images through the internet to doctors for consultations and discussions for accurate diagnosis. Another benefit for telemedicine service in Kansas, discussed during the presentation, was providing healthcare to chronic patients at their homes, which significantly improved their quality of life, saved their time, and decreased costs on both the patients and healthcare facilities. The presentation also discussed several telemedicine projects involving collaboration between The University of Kansas and locations in Armenia, Nepal and Uganda. Dr. Spaulding concluded with mentioning a number of obstacles that are still hindering the adoption of telemedicine such as technical issues and limited access to broadband internet access in several counties, along with cultural and time differences between various countries. The final section on the first day of Africa Telehealth conference 2010 included a live teleconference from Pakistan, where presentations from Dr. Shagufta Umer and Dr. Mohamed Afzal and colleagues from Rawalpindi College of Medicine took place. The presentations discussed the use of telemedicine at Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi to provide ENT and obstetric-gynecological services in remote regions in Pakistan. The presenters discussed the clinical benefits of using telemedicine and how it helped in reducing costs on both patients and healthcare settings. It is worth mentioning the first day of Africa Telehealth Conference 2010 had very useful and interesting discussions between the attendees. One of the major points highlighted was the medico-legal aspects of telemedicine and its variations in different countries. Dr. Spaulding mentioned that the US law considers telemedicine consultations as a form of a doctor’s visit to a patient outside his clinic. Dr. Saleem commented that in certain countries, such as Egypt, the medico-legal aspects organizing telemedicine are still vague as the service itself has been recently introduced in the country. Mr. Zaheer, the CEO of Telemed Providers said that in developing countries of Middle East, where there is no clearly defined legal structure available for telemedicine, it can be utilized under the supervision of the local consultant. Africa Telehealth Conference 2010 will continue for two days aiming to offer its attendees with useful and interesting knowledge about the latest in the fields of telehealth and telemedicine. Telemedicine, A Middle East ... Read more

2010 Africa Telehealth Conference…

Bridging the gap between nations taking place on 23rd-25th October, 2010 Background: Over 80% of healthcare problems in Africa are caused by a handful of communicable diseases and issues which remain untreated due to lack of adequate ... Read more

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