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Dubai Health Authority, Dubai E-Government to Open HIMSS Conference
Source: ameinfo.com
Source Date: Sunday, November 07, 2010
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: United Arab Emirates
Created: Nov 08, 2010

Top executives from the Dubai Health Authority and Dubai eGovernment will provide both opening welcome and keynote presentations respectively for the three-day Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference which opens tomorrow at the InterContinental hotel in Dubai Festival City. 

His Excellency Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, the Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, will deliver the opening welcome address and His Excellency Ahmad Bin Humaidan, The Director General of Dubai eGovernment, who will give the opening keynote presentation.

"We are honoured that two such distinguished speakers will formally deliver the opening remarks and keynote presentation at our first conference in the UAE," said Jeremy Bonfini, HIMSS Senior Vice President, Global Services.

Also on the first day of the conference, the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will detail its plans for the largest healthcare modernisation in the GCC—the digital integration of over 200 Ministry of Health Hospitals. This presentation will be led by Mohammed R Al Yemeni, PhD, Advisor to the Minister of Health and Supervisor of ICT, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

HIMSS is a non-profit comprehensive healthcare-stakeholder membership organisation exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

HIMSS Middle East 2010 comprises of three vertical conferences:

• HIMSS Middle East Health IT Leadership Summit is a gathering of the CEOs, Hospital IT directors and governmental leaders of healthcare organisations throughout the region.
• The HIMSS Health IT Management Conference brings global best practices to the users and implementers of technology.
• The Health Insurers Innovation Forum - in which the mHealth discussion takes place - is in collaboration with MedicaIQ and will showcase the greatest innovations in the global health insurance industry and tools for consumer driven healthcare and medicine. It will also provide a first-ever look at the health insurance industry through the lens of the healthcare technologist and leading global innovators.

The event has attracted some of healthcare's best known personalities and industry experts including Fareed Lutfi, Secretary General of Emirates Insurance Association, Dubai Holdings, rated as one of the most influential people in the region, who will be forecasting Gulf insurance trends and where they are headed. Lutfi is a distinguished insurance, reinsurance and financial expert with a career spanning 25 years.

Finally in what some delegates have described as potentially the most lively discussion on the agenda, John Hoyt, Executive Vice President of HIMSS Analytics will engage in an interactive discussion about whether the region's hospitals should be assessed according to the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). This offers hospitals an opportunity to voluntarily evaluate their progress towards a paper-free environment

Participants representing some of the GCC's leading healthcare delivery organisations, will debate the enhanced results the EMRAM points to including fewer adverse drug events and reduced error in healthcare systems as well as potential lower operating costs.

"This EMRAM is a concrete step to enable hospitals to deploy IT effectively. The key consideration we have is how to best understand how healthcare is delivered in the Middle East and ensure we are accurately reflecting local practice. Invaluable input and comments will be sought from hospital leaders from around the region and they could factor into an EMRAM roll out plan across the region," said Hoyt.
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