UAE eHealth Week
17-19 March, 2019 | Dubai, UAE

4th Annual UAE eHealth Week to Kick Off on Sunday

Dubai, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 – Leading experts in healthcare from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and around the world will gather in Dubai on 17 -19 March for the annual UAE eHealth Week which is organized by HIMSS Middle East and under the patronage of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Department of Health, the Dubai Health Authority and the Emirates Health Informatics Society.

More than 300 health IT stakeholders will be delving into the hottest topics in healthcare in the Middle East, while continuing critical discussions and showcasing local success stories and international innovations. With the UAE healthcare market expected to grow by 7% from 2015 to $20.03bn (Dhs73.52bn) in worth by 2020, according to the US-UAE Business Council and propelled by medical tourism, demand for new facilities and technologies is higher than ever before. Together with strong government funding and support, the UAE is expected to be the forerunner in developing best care and wellness for patient happiness.

Bruce Steinberg, Managing Director and EVP, HIMSS International added: “The programme we have put together for this year’s conference covers the latest developments in the digital transformation of the UAE healthcare systems and we look forward to discussing leadership, change management strategies, workforce development, clinicians’ engagement and real-world case studies in the use of Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technologies.”

The UAE. healthcare sector is expanding rapidly to meet the evolving needs of a growing population and the nation’s aspirations to evolve into a regional medical tourism hub. Thus, the challenge for UAE becomes more evident on how to provide advanced, unified healthcare services and adequate medical personnel while containing costs. In order to address this issue, government entities have adopted a series of long-term initiatives, such as the UAE Vision 2021 as a guide for the sustainable growth of this sector.

During the duration of the UAE eHealth Week participants will have the opportunity to discuss these among other topics and to highlight the rapidly growing presence of technology as an enabler of positive outcomes in clinical efficiency, as well as improving everyday life for patients and UAE citizens.

Notable happenings at UAE eHealth Week include:

UAE CxO Forum and Luncheon: The Future of Healthcare IT Sponsored by InterSystems (March 17)

  • Dr. Mohamed Al Redha, Director The Executive Office For Organizational Transformation, DHA, UAE
  • Ali Abi Raad, Director Of Sales, InterSystems
  • Charles Alessi, Chief Clinical Officer, HIMSS, UK
  • Saleh Al Hashimi, Director, Health Funding, DHA, UAE
  • Michel Amous, Managing Director, InterSystems
  • Dr. Osama ElHassan, Specialist, Health Informatics and Smart Health Department, DHA, UAE

EMRAM Awards (March 18)

  • John Daniels, Global Vice President, HIMSS Analytics, USA
  • MC: Dr. Mohammed Al Redha, Director of The Executive Office for Organizational Transformation, Dubai Health Authority, UAE

Health Information Exchange – Objectives, Strategies and Leadership (March18)

  • Mubaraka Ibrahim, Director - Health Information Systems Department at Ministry of Health and Prevention – UAE
  • Robert Denson, SVP of Operations and Technology, Malaffi­, UAE
  • Dr. Mohammed Al Redha, Director of The Executive O­ffice for Organizational Transformation, Dubai Health Authority, UAE
  • Ali Mohamed Al Ali, Director of Information Technology, Department of Health, UAE
  • Moderator: Dr. Charles Alessi, Chief Clinical Officer, HIMSS, UK

Clinicians’ Adoption and Engagement (March 18)

  • Dr.Charles Alessi, Chief Clinical Officer, HIMSS, UK
  • Dr. Tamara Sunbul, CMIO, John Hopkins Aramco Hospital, KSA
  • Dr. Rahul Goyal, Physician Clinical Informatics Lead, Mediclinic Middle East, UAE
  • Moderator: Mazin Gadir, Senior Specialist, Dubai Health Authority, UAE

The Way Forward in the Middle East: AI – What can we do today? And what are we ready for? (March 18)

  • Dr. Bassam Mahboub, Program Director for Care Model Innovation, Dubai Health Authority, UAE
  • Dr. Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director, Dubai Science Park, UAE
  • Rohit Ghosh, Founding Member & AI Scientist,, India

Opening Address: Priorities, Strategies and Roadmaps (March 19)

  • His Excellency Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Assistant Undersecretary for Support Services, Ministry of Health &Prevention, UAE
  • Dr. Ahmed Balkhair, Deputy Minister for eHealth and General
  • Director of the National Health Information Center, Saudi Arabia
  • Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai O­ffice, UAE

CxOs Panel and Q&A (March 19)

  • Dr. Kalthoum Al Balochi, Director of Hospital Management,Ministry of Health & Prevention, UAE
  • Dr. Mohaymen Abdelghany, CEO, Al Zahra Hospital, UAE
  • Donna Lunn, CIO, Mediclinic Middle East, UAE
  • Ahmed Yahya, CIO, American Hospital, UAE
  • Dr. Martin Lascano, CMIO, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dr. Abdullah Raquidi, CEO, Ministry of Health, Oman
  • Dr Ahmed Ghareeb, IT Director, MoH Kuwait
  • Moderated by Sam Amory, General Manager - Middle East & Africa, Orion Health

Assessing and Addressing the Needs for Workforce Development (March 19)

  • Dr. Manal AlMalki, Head, Saudi Health Informatics Competencies Framework, KSA
  • Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Alhefzi, Associate Consultant
  • Physician, Preventive Medicine - Health Informatics, King Fahd Specialist Hospital, Dammam
  • Prof. Homero Rivas, Associate Dean of Innovation and Future at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences - MBRU, UAE

The Way Forward in the Middle East: Blockchain – Hype or Game Changer? (March 19)

  • Shada AlSalamah, Visiting Scholar - Human Dynamics Lab Research Group, MIT Media Lab. US/KSA
  • Wael AlKhalidi, SVP of Operations, MedicalChain, UK
  • Wassim Merheby, CEO, Dhonor Healthtech, UAE
  • Brian de Francesca, CEO, Ver2 Digital Medicine, UAE

UAE eHealth Week will run from March 17-19 in the InterContinental Dubai Festival City. More information can be found at . Online registration is open.


HIMSS is a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through information and technology. As a mission driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers on best practices in health information and technology. Through our innovation companies, HIMSS delivers key insights, education and engaging events to healthcare providers, governments and market suppliers, ensuring they have the right information at the point of decision. As an association, HIMSS encompasses more than 72,000 individual members and 630 corporate members. We partner with hundreds of providers, academic institutions and health services organizations on strategic initiatives that leverage innovative information and technology. Together, we work to improve health, access and the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS serves the global health information and technology communities with focused operations across North America, Europe, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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