Dubai - Arab Health 2020 edition to begin on January 27

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - HEALTH LEADERS MEETUP: This year's Arab Health will revolve around the theme 'Connectivity for better healthcare delivery'.

Set to run until January 30, the event is the region's largest gathering of healthcare companies.

Healthcare and trade professionals from over 159 countries will be coming together in on January 27 for the opening of Arab Health Exhibition and Conferences.

Set to run until January 30, the event is the region's largest gathering of healthcare companies and industry leaders and a grand showcase of medical technology, products and services.

"More than 55,000 healthcare and trade professionals and 4,250 exhibiting companies from over 64 countries are to participate this year," said Ross Williams, exhibition director of Arab Health.

"We have a very specific mandate to facilitate business opportunities within the region while also advancing industry knowledge, something we have facilitated successfully for over four decades."

This year's edition will revolve around the theme 'Connectivity for better healthcare delivery'.

"To achieve this goal, 'sectorisation' will form a major focus for the event with the show floor split into eight distinct sectors, including medical equipment and devices; disposable and consumer goods; healthcare infrastructure and assets; imaging and diagnostics; and preventive and post-diagnostics treatments, among others," Williams said.

Innovation Hub to return

With innovation anticipated to be a hot topic of discussion, the Innovation Hub will return at Arab Health.

Located in the Plaza Hall, one zone will be dedicated to start-ups, SMEs and innovators, providing them with the opportunity to demonstrate their new products and innovation shaping the future of healthcare.

"This year will also see the return of the Innov8 Talks segment, where eight SMEs and entrepreneurs for each day of the show will have eight minutes to present their latest groundbreaking healthcare ideas," added Williams.

A total of two new forums will be introduced to the 2020 edition as well, with a focus on healthcare investment and infrastructure.

Elie Chaillot, president and CEO of GE Healthcare in the Eastern Growth Markets, said: "At this year's Arab Health, we are proud to showcase how smart technology and intelligent applications can help drive clinical efficiency, enhance patient comfort, and improve workflow in hospitals and clinics across the region."

Heather Fennimore, president of Humanscale Healthcare and founder of Global Healthcare, IT Distribution, and Global Consulting, said: "The customisation, reliability, and innovative design of Humanscale Healthcare solutions give caregivers and industry professionals the confidence to focus medical delivery services where it matters most - patient care and safety."

MOHAP to showcase new innovations

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) in partnership with the Ministry of Artificial Intelligence, has unveiled its new smart platform for translating sign language for "deaf and dumb" patients into a language understood by the medical team. The launch was announced during Mohap's participation in the 45th Arab Health 2020, which is held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The ministry also launched the world's first technique to monitor and measure real-time cerebral blood flow in preterm infants and induce the automatic resuscitation of the infant's brain using AI. The technology was unveiled in cooperation with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Washington.

The ministry's move comes in line with its efforts to transform healthcare.

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