Privileged Talks #GCC Healthcare Strategies Towards 2020

Privileged Talks #GCC Healthcare Strategies Towards 2020: 27 September 2018, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Currently, the healthcare industry is undergoing a revolution of sorts thanks to the numerous advancements in surgical robotics, cloud computing, virtual reality (VR) therapies, and the Internet of Things (IoT), among other innovations. Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) won’t be replacing practitioners anytime soon, but will, however, have an instrumental role to play in healthcare delivery.

Shedding light on how digitalization has provided opportunities to change the traditional way in which healthcare is delivered, and particular in shaping hospital care, recently, GSD Healthcare, the Dubai arm company of San Donato Hospital Group, held an event titled “Privileged Talks GCC Healthcare Strategies Towards 2020” that was attended by professionals and key decision makers from the healthcare sector and industry.

The panellists included Dr. Mohammad Abdul Qader Al Redha, Director at Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Abdulrahman Alqhatani, VP for Health System Transformation Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia, and Director, National Emergency Medicine Support Program, Riyadh, Francesco Galli, GSD’s CEO, Maher Abouzeid, President and CEO, Eastern Growth Markets at GE Healthcare, Muthanna Abdul Razzaq, President and CEO of the American University of the Emirates, Dubai and Verdiana Morando, Head of education and consultancy of GSD Healthcare. At the event, these decision makers shared their views, strategies and solutions that are being implemented to shape the future of hospital care.

Dr. Al Redha highlighted how the today program planning of the DHA is looking ahead at what will be the medical workforce of the next fifty years. The new generation won’t be interested in being hospital bound. Indeed, in the near future, he sees procedures, such as getting a stent, being done in a shopping mall.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia’s healthcare sector is undergoing a massive transformation. Alqhatani said that there is rising effort being put to get treatment or procedures done outside of hospitals, along with investing in activities such as telemedicine. The country is also reimagining the way in which its healthcare workers need to be trained in order to avoid building new hospitals, and is also looking at updating the curriculum in universities in order to incorporate the latest advancements.

According to Abouzeid, patient experience is of the utmost importance and customers have to be at the centre of healthcare delivery. He stressed that the power of big data, precision health and medicine are changing the dynamic of the industry. In fact, the UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading the way in this transformation as they realize that the public sector needs to be a regulator, not an operator. These governments are now looking at seamlessly working with the private sector and introducing new technologies that will allow them to work faster and efficiently.

At the event, Francesco Galli displayed GSD’s plans for its very own hospital of the future – the new IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, which is being revamped at the moment and will be ready within three years. The state-of-the-art hospital will be surrounded by green space, will be extremely connected to different services, and will be spread across 150,000 square meters over 16 floors.

Thank you all for coming and making it a successful event. 

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