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Dedicated Arab Health online platform supporting global healthcare recovery

Dedicated Arab Health online platform supporting global healthcare recovery

Arab Health, the largest exhibition for the healthcare industry in the MENA region, concludes today after welcoming 1,500 exhibitors from 62 countries during the four-day showcase. More than 20,000 people attended the live, in-person showcase to do business and see the latest healthcare innovations and technology.

Underscoring the show’s theme of ‘United by business, driving the industry forward’, a month-long online showcase will allow attendees to connect with people from around the world to meet and conclude business deals virtually, browse products and view a range of webinars, interviews, and keynote speeches.

Ross Williams, Exhibition Director at Arab Health, said: “I am delighted we’re able to continue the momentum created during our live, in-person event and take this to our online platform. The global healthcare audience will have the opportunity to network with peers, discuss the latest innovations and watch presentations from international experts from a cross-section of critical healthcare sectors.

“Reaching as wide an audience as possible will be fundamental in driving recovery in the healthcare sector beyond COVID-19.”

The series of focus day presentations, which are available and free to watch until 22 July, include a keynote from Dr Michael Bradley Wallace Chair, Committee on Artificial Intelligence, World Endoscopy Organization, Division Chair of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, who discussed the AI tool to detect early colorectal and pancreatic cancer as part of the Oncology focus days.

As part of the Imaging/Diagnostics focus day, a presentation by Martijn Hartjes, Portfolio Marketing Leader, Philips, discusses the path to precision diagnosis and how to achieve seamless care in radiology to improve patient and staff experience lower cost of care and improve outcomes.

As part of the Paediatrics Focus Day, an insight into neurologic complications from Covid-19 in the paediatric patient was presented by Prof David K. Urion, MD, Associate, Department of Neurology; Charles F. Barlow Chair in Neurology; Associate Director, Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Training Programs, Boston Children’s Hospital

Early Detection of COVID-19 forms an integral part of the Critical Care focus day, with insights provided courtesy of Prof Dr Yale Tung Chen, Emergency and Internal Medicine Physician, Director of the Ultrasound Division in Internal Medicine, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Physician, COVID-19 Emergency Hospital Isabel Zendal.

As part of the main stage conference, several high-level interviews are in place. They include a snapshot of where we are with COVID-19 from Laureate Prof Peter Doherty

Patron, The Doherty Institute.

Representatives from The Obelis Group, including marketing manager Karima Benkhallouq and COO Doram Elkayam, look at the EU perspective on medical devices in 2021. An analysis of the new requirements and regulations by MDR and Brexit and its implications for manufacturers of medical devices operating within the European Union is discussed.

Elsewhere on the platform, attendees have the opportunity to view the latest innovative solutions in healthcare as part of the Innov8 Talks competition. A total of 32 start-ups from across the world have showcased their ground-breaking products during an eight-minute pitch process.

The winner of the competition, selected by a panel of judges, was Kitty Liao, CEO of Ideabatic Ltd from the UK, the designer of a smart portable cooling system that prevents vaccine spoilage during the last mile of distribution.

In her presentation, Liao, who has over ten years of experience in multidisciplinary system design and low-temperature research and development, said that nearly 20-80 per cent of vaccines were rendered ineffective owing to poor temperature control and said over 2-3 million children died worldwide due to vaccine-preventable diseases.

The smart back cooling system includes multiple chambers that can carry anything between 500-700 vaccines, allowing those operating to gain access to the vaccines without disturbing the temperature of the other vaccines.

“Arab Health and Medlab Middle East have been instrumental in bringing the healthcare sector together in 2021. The show’s success is a testament to the appetite from within the industry to meet and do business. Our goal for this event was always to support the industry by providing a platform geared towards recovery,” added Williams.

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