His Excellency Eng Zaid Daoud Al Siksek, CEO, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD) welcomed delegates to the event by emphasising the irrefutably vital role information technology plays in modern healthcare practice. H.E. Al Siksek outlined the seismic impact IT has had in transforming the Middle East's healthcare systems from long waiting times to instant doctor feedback via e-portals.
The two-day conference, which took place at the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi on 20-21 May 2012, focused on integrating healthcare information systems and technology for medical service solutions.
Bringing together more than 50 industry leaders from the Middle East, United Kingdom, USA and Europe to share their expert insights, HIMSS Middle East Conference explored emerging trends, strategies and lessons from eHealth initiatives applied around the globe, to encourage the transformation of healthcare in regional and international countries represented by delegates at the event.
Furthermore, a strong delegation of prominent Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) representatives at this year's event, was headed by Mohammed R Al Yemeni, PhD, Deputy Minister for Planning & Health Economics, who delivered the opening address to conference attendees. Dr. Al Yemeni discussed the strategic direction and plans for the Saudi national healthcare system and eHealth programme, which, primarily in terms of business goals and requirements, divided into four main categories including care for patients; clinician quality; performance management; and transforming the governance and accountability of healthcare.
Four hospitals were honoured for achieving Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) at the HIMSS Middle East EMRAM Awards Presentation. The four healthcare providers were, King Faisal Specialist Hospital (KFSH) in Riyadh and Jeddah, University Hospital Sharjah and Corniche Hospital.
Middle East Conference & Healthcare IT Leadership Summit
29-31 May, 2011 | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2010 Middle East Health IT Leadership Summit & Conference
8-10 November, 2010 | Dubai, UAE
HIMSS Middle East Conference
5-7 May 2009 | Bahrain