The region’s largest healthcare event opens doors on more than 65,000 sqm of floor space with nearly 4,000 exhibitors from over 150 countries.
The Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, currently in its 39th year, is open at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), inaugurated the exhibition and congress.
The largest medical healthcare exhibition and congress in the Middle East features more than 3,900 exhibitors from over 150 countries showcasing their products and services and the event is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors.
Mainland China dominated the show with 553 companies, followed by United States (297), and United Kingdom (231).
The Congress is also simultaneously hosting 19 conferences where more than 500 international speakers are in the process of expressing their views and opinions on diverse healthcare domains from lab management to haematology, paediatrics to Big Data and molecular diagnosis to alternative medicines.
With the number of exhibiting companies growing by 10% over the previous year, Arab Health 2014 kept up with its reputation of being the foremost platform in the region for national, regional and international healthcare organisations, professionals and institutions to share their products, services and practices and interact with each other.
With the rising costs of healthcare in the Middle East and active pursuit of healthcare-related reforms by GCC Governments, the focus this year is on using new and advanced technologies to reduce costs and enhance quality.
Most companies are hard-selling on cost efficiency over other aspects of their healthcare products.
GE Healthcare, which was participating in the Arab Health for the first time, is showcasing its Revolution-brand CT scanners and Centricity 360 clinical collaboration solutions.
Intuitive Surgical displayed its EndoWrist range of surgical instruments that provide surgeons with full range of motions for precise operations through tiny incisions.
Sweden’s GETINGE introduced custom-designed disinfection solutions for surgical instruments.
The Congress also witnessed an increasing number of digital health technology products and services on display:
- GE launched Predix, an industrial internet platform for clinical settings which connects people and machines through seamless transfer of medical data to improve health outcomes.
- UK-based Zebra Technologies, a global leader in printing and marking technologies, launched LaserBand healthcare wristband solutions which provides healthcare organisations with patient ID solutions enabling them to meet patient safety and medication adherence goals.
- Sensiotec showcased the Virtual Medical Assistant, the World’s first noncontact remote vital signs monitoring system, which monitors patients at a fraction of the cost of many conventional telemetry systems.
- Samsung Electronics launched three digital health mobile applications in addition to its vast range of medical equipment systems.
- Hello Mom is an Android application that connects wirelessly to an ultrasound device, allowing parents to view, save and share images and videos of moving foetus.
- LABGEO Mobile is a digital health smartphone application that connects wirelessly to a blood analyzer using which the clinicians can monitor and re-transmit the results to the central hospital.
- Samsung m-EMR is another Android digital health smartphone application that lets physicians access all medical record information on their Samsung mobile devices.
- BrainLab launched Quentry, a cloud-based image-sharing solution to rapidly access and share medical-related images and files, reducing diagnosis and treatment delays and improving care coordination among caregivers.
Multiple factors such as increasing incidences of chronic and lifestyle diseases in the Middle East, shifting social demographics, increasing population, increasing investments in healthcare by the GCC Governments and rise of insurance-based services are fuelling the rapid growth of healthcare sector in the region and the Arab Health 2014 is the place to witness it in action.