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Roy Jakobs

CEO, Middle East & Turkey, Philips Electronics

Our experience at the Arab Health Exhibition confirmed the extent to which the region is growing in importance as a leader in the provision of solutions to the unique challenges facing infrastructure and resources. At Philips, our goal is to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation, and we want to start right here in the Middle East. Arab Health provides a great platform on which to meet customers and governments to better understand the challenges they are facing, and to ascertain how Philips, as an innovations company, can assist with this. In 2013, the event was very significant in terms of attendees, and illustrated the great importance that all stakeholders are giving to improving healthcare services across the Middle East. During Arab Health 2013, Philips chose to focus on oncology across the care spectrum, from prevention services all the way through to treatment and after care. We are also interested in understanding how diseases manifest themselves differently in the region. One of the unfortunate traits being recognized by researchers is that, relatively speaking, breast cancer starts very early in the Gulf when compared with other regions of the world. We know that the chances of surviving breast cancer improve significantly the earlier the disease is diagnosed, and so, together with governments, Philips is committed to actively getting women to be screened.

Greg White

Vice-President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Cerner

If we fast-forward a few years in the lifetime of a hospital that has begun using electronic systems, we conclude that we can do far more with the data, as it works in an accumulative-build environment. Once the data is categorized into large blocks, you can use it to perform research that will benefit the population. The main thing any government is concerned about in regard to healthcare is quality and cost control. The US is particularly vocal about this aspect, as it spends 17.5% of its GDP on healthcare, but it is still concerned about quality, and wants to maintain a good level of control. With these large data stores, you can see things you can’t see at individual hospitals; this allows for predictive analysis. Therefore, in a healthy environment, you can identify people who are likely to become sick. We can then start treating people actively instead of reactively. A hospital is a reactive model, because it doesn’t assist patients until they show up unwell; it would be great if the hospitals could be more active.

Waclaw Lukowicz

CEO, Sector Healthcare Middle East, Waclaw Lukowicz

The leadership in Dubai is actively driving the development of the healthcare sector. The country and the Emirate have developed in a relatively short period of time, and we have seen many investments and substantial infrastructural improvements. Many of those investments have since matured, and the Emirate now has solid infrastructure to support further growth across a wide range of sectors, including healthcare. However, while there are new hospitals being constructed, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Building a hospital takes on average a couple of years, but then comes the difficult part: hiring qualified human resources to run it. Hospitals need doctors, and it takes five or six years just to complete medical school. The challenge is to get people up to speed, and up to a world-class standard. After university, it can take a further five or 10 years to specialize. This is a challenge; however, we see a lot more attention being given to this issue by the Emirate’s leadership. For example, at Arab Health, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein spoke about the importance of the healthcare sector in driving Dubai’s development.

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