Sunday, December 5, 2010

World Health Care Congress Middle East

Sunday, December 5 is the start of the World Health Care Congress Middle East. The Congress is co-sponsored by the Health Authority and the Tourism Authority of Abu Dhabi. The Congress convenes global thought leaders and key decision-makers from all sectors of health care to share global best practices. Doctors and leadership from Children’s National Medical Center and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation have joined people from all over the world here at the Congress to exchange ideas for improving health care delivery.

All of Sunday’s sessions focused on one word: innovation. Conducted in a discussion format aimed at fostering open dialogue with the audience, the day’s presenters featured colleagues from many countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Singapore, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and others, who shared the latest innovations in nearly every aspect of health care. Topics ranged from reform of health policy to doctor-staffed call center models designed to care for people by telephone when distance prevents in person treatment, to new methods for tracking and managing chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease.

Today’s session began with welcoming remarks from H.E. Eng. Zaid al Siksek, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi, who set the stage for the day's theme by noting that effective innovations in health care benefit not just one city or country, but every society around the world.

The promise of innovation is a key focus of the Sheikh Zayed Institute and Children’s National. Our doctors will carry this theme through their own panels and presentations on Monday, December 6, adding the unique perspective of pediatrics to the ongoing conversations here in Abu Dhabi. Be sure to check back for updates as the conference progresses.

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