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Bahrain to host healthcare conference

Manama, January 28, 2009

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will hold its inaugural conference in the Middle East in Manama, Bahrain.

The three-day conference, to be held from May 5 to 7, 2009, expects to attract professionals from the six-country GCC region and Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan and India, among others.

It will focus on healthcare IT and insurance trends and adoption in the Gulf Region and healthcare IT and management excellence, said an official spokesman.

Healthcare trends in the region indicate current and ongoing growth with the GCC’s healthcare market emerging as one of its fastest-growing sectors. Direct health spending in the GCC will rise by 300 per cent to $60 billion in 2025 compared with $15 billion in 2008, according to Middle East healthcare leader at US management consultants, McKinsey & Company, Viktor Hediger.

According to the report ‘Sustainable and Profitable Healthcare Investment in the Middle East’, the UAE healthcare market will grow over 14 per cent annually between 2005 and 2015, from $3.2 billion to $11.9 billion. 

Bahrain's pharmaceutical market, which was worth an estimated $58.3 million in 2007, is expected to reach $83.8 million by 2012,  while Saudi Arabia is planning to increase the numbers of hospitals from 264 to over 500 in the next seven years.

One of the most significant forces driving expansion of Gulf healthcare systems is rapid population growth, which is estimated to reach over 520 million by 2030. This expansion is also being powered by the concept of health cities and e-health initiatives by Gulf governments such as Dubai Health City and King Abdulaziz Medical City.

In order to develop a better understanding of the region’s healthcare IT issues, HIMSS has established an educational advisory committee – with representatives from the Gulf region’s health ministries and healthcare providers. The committee has helped HIMSS in the selection of the final education sessions and in promotion of the conference in the region.

“Governments throughout the Gulf region are demonstrating clear commitments to improving the healthcare delivery systems of their countries through information technology,” said CAE, HIMSS president and CEO H. Stephen Lieber.

“We are working with the ministries of health in the region to develop HIMSS MiddleEast09, and therefore, bring world-class education and professional development to the region’s IT professionals and healthcare management executives.”

The conference will provide information on a number of the healthcare IT topics including the practical use and application of healthcare IT, interoperability, healthcare IT standards, healthcare IT project management, electronic medical records, data repositories, clinical information systems, business information systems, patient safety and more. 

HIMSS is the healthcare industry's membership organisation dedicated to providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare IT and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

It represents more than 20,000 individual members and over 350 corporate members that collectively represent organisations employing millions of people. – TradeArabia News Service




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