MedHealth Cairo 2010 Report: By Abdallah

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{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he eighth annual congress of the Arab Hospitals Federation, MedHealth Cairo 2010, was held at Semiramis InterContinental Hotel on 10 and 11 March 2010.  The congress was held simultaneously with the Arab Health Ministers Council and under the patronage of HE Mr. Amr Moussa, secretary general of the League of Arab States. 

The theme of this year’s congress was “The Arab Hospital 2015” and the congress drew experts from all over the Arab world to discuss issues such as hospital accreditation, healthcare quality management and improvement, health tourism, telemedicine, information technology applications in healthcare, and the environmental impact of healthcare institutions.

Various Hospitals and Healthcare IT companies participated in the exhibition with colorful flyers, flex banners, print material and flags.  Most of the booths were reserved by major hospitals in the Arab world and about 1/3rd of the booths were occupied by Healthcare IT companies.  Among the healthcare IT solutions offered by the companies were mainly Electronic Medical Records, Hospital Information System, and other decision support solutions.  There were also few companies from the standpoint of quality in healthcare sector and some of the organizations who are building healthcare foundations in the Arab world.

Among the solutions providers, the exhibition also witnessed telemedicine service offered by “Telemed Providers”, a company with offices in US and Middle East with full cycle of the value chain of telemedicine.  Most of the hospitals and visitors showed great interest in remote medical services like tele-consultation and second opinions and teleradiology services.  The Telemed Providers booth was the most busy booth in the exhibition throughout both days in terms of visitation and interest.
Hamad Medical Corporation had a prominent place in the exhibition and their team showed good efforts and spirit in delivering the message of owners of the corporation.

Among other hospitals were, AlShorouk Hospital, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Bangkok Hospital, Cairo Orthopedic Center, Clemenceau Medical Center, Dar Al Mona Medical Resort for Care and Rehab, Dar El Hekma Hospital, Private Hospital Association of Jordan, Royal Care International, Syndicate of Hospitals in Lebanon etc.
Other than the Telemedicine services offered by Telemed Providers, The Healthcare IT companies who participated were CompuMedical, DMS, Health Insights, Tamer Company etc.

The congress and exhibit was a prime chance for all stake-holders to discuss the future of healthcare in the Arab world.  The participants and visitors of MedHealth Cairo 2010 were impressed by the wide range of services offered, some of them for the first time in the region, such as the remote medical services and distance medicine solutions.   Thanks to the efforts of the Arab Hospitals Federation, the organizers, and participants, MedHealth Cairo 2010 turned out to be great success.

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