Game-Changing Innovations in the Spotlight at Arab Health 2019

The 44th edition of Arab Health will see more than 50 healthcare start-ups and SMEs showcasing new products and technological innovations.

By Arab Health Magazine Staff

Arab Health – the largest healthcare business platform in the MENA region – is all set to welcome an anticipated 84,500+ attendees from across the globe as it sets the stage for the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to meet the medical and scientific community in the Middle East. 

To be held from 28 - 31 January 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Conrad Dubai this is the perfect opportunity to stay abreast of the industry’s latest trends and advancements and engage with more than 4,150 companies from 66 countries that will be showcasing the latest healthcare technology, products and services.

Organised by Informa Healthcare, the 44th Arab Health Exhibition will also host the Arab Health Congress, reputed for delivering the highest quality programme of Continuing Medical Education (CME) to medical professionals. At this year’s Congress, international speakers will cover the latest updates and insights into cutting-edge procedures, techniques and skills across 11 CME-accredited conferences.

Innovation Hub
Working alongside government entities such as the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai Health Authority, Department of Health Abu Dhabi and SEHA, Arab Health will host the new Innovation Hub – a dedicated area at the show for attendees to immerse themselves in the latest healthcare innovations.

The Innovation Hub will feature the Innovation Showcase allowing visitors to explore the latest healthcare technology including AI, disease management and home care devices, mobile device accessories, telemedicine platforms, to name a few.

The Innovation Hub will also be the platform for the inaugural Innov8 Talks at Arab Health. As well as daily free-to-attend talks with discussions led by keynote speakers, the Innov8 Talks will also host a series of pitch sessions for the region’s most creative and forward-thinking healthcare start-ups and SMEs to sell their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges that are involved in driving innovation in the UAE.

Arab Health Generates US$ 778 Million Worth of Business 
More than US$ 778 million worth of business was generated by exhibitors during the 2018 edition of the show, a figure that is in line with Alpen Capital’s projections that the GCC healthcare spend will reach US$104.6 billion in 2022. With an anticipated need for an additional 13,000 hospital beds and the employment of 10,000 new physicians to the region, the demand is being mitigated by the 700 healthcare projects worth US$ 60.9 billion under various stages of development as well as government initiatives such as the recently launched Dubai Health Investment Guide 2018-25 designed to increase private sector participation.

According to Ross Williams, Exhibition Director of Arab Health, “Some of the key factors stimulating the growth of the healthcare market in the region include the ageing population, increasing frequency of non-communicable disease, high cost of treatment and mandatory health insurance.

“The trade generated during the last edition of Arab Health is a strong indication that the private sector is also playing an important part in the development of the healthcare industry and we anticipate that these figures will continue to grow in subsequent years.” 

The Arab Health Exhibition and Congress experienced year-on-year (YoY) growth of 3 per cent in exhibitor numbers between 2017 and 2018 while this year sees a 2 per cent YoY growth. Dealers and distributors accounted for 37 per cent of total attendees in 2018 with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan and Iran making up the top five countries looking to source new healthcare products and services. 

Robust International Representation
With 39 dedicated country pavilions, international representation at the show remains robust with many pavilions increasing in size and number of exhibiting companies. One example is that of the Polish country pavilion, which has seen its national participation grow from 39 exhibitors in 2018 to 50 exhibitors in 2019 signifying the growing interest in the UAE as a key market for the healthcare industry. Data revealed at The First Trade & Invest Forum held in October 2018 in Warsaw indicates that three times more companies in Poland ask about the possibility of exporting goods to the UAE than to the U.S. The interest in the UAE market among Polish companies is almost equal to the interest in European countries, which are natural trade partners for Poland. 

Who Will Attend
Over the past 43 years, hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals across the globe have made Arab Health an essential part of their yearly calendar. 

Manufacturers of medical devices and equipment use Arab Health as an opportunity to showcase their latest products to the MENA region’s healthcare industry. Companies vary from large organisations such as Siemens and Philips to smaller business houses exhibiting for the first time. With thousands of products on display, business deals occur every minute of the show, truly making Arab Health the place where the healthcare world comes to do business.

For professionals who are tasked with purchasing and procurement responsibilities for healthcare facilities, educational providers and medical specialty associations, Arab Health is the ideal platform to get ahead of the upcoming year’s product needs.

Arab Health also provides a beneficial experience for all dealer and distributor job functions – from senior management of larger organisations that are looking to connect with key industry players, sales and business development professionals tasked with expanding their product portfolios and entrepreneurs hoping to source the next ‘big product’ to supply in their country. 

What attracts medical practitioners to the show are the incredible insights it offers into the advancements of the healthcare industry through the exhibition, and the dedicated CME-accredited conferences and hands-on-training workshops that provide the opportunity for growth in multiple fields and disciplinaries. 

Stay up-to-date
From state-of-the-art imaging equipment to the most cost-effective disposables; developments in surgery to advances in prosthetics, Arab Health continues to be at the heart of healthcare in the Middle East. As the largest collection of healthcare product manufacturers and service providers under one roof, Arab Health is also your one-stop shop for all your healthcare sourcing and procurement needs. 
In addition, a large number of business, leadership and CME conferences and workshops aim to bridge the gap in medical knowledge across a broad spectrum of medical specialities and disciplines.

Perpetuating Education
Skill Development at Arab Health Congress

The 44th edition of Arab Health Congress will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre and the Conrad Dubai and will feature 11 Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences for attending healthcare professionals.

New venue 
The Total Radiology Conference and the Obs & Gyne Conference will be held at the Conrad Dubai, directly opposite the main exhibition venue during the show. The new venue allows for more attendees to benefit from these conferences as well as further enhance the delegate experience.

Total Radiology Conference: 28-31 January
This four-day scientific meeting will present the latest advances in medical imaging, accurate imaging diagnosis and improvement of care quality for radiology patients within the theme “Practical advice and updates in radiology practice.”

What’s New
– The Total Radiology Conference will take place at the Conrad Dubai to provide you with a better experience! 
– Leadership lectures: Management skills for radiologists 
– Technical skills workshops and hands-on training for senior radiologists 
– Interactive masterclass on MRI for radiographers 

Orthopaedics Conference: 28-31 January
This conference will offer the latest information on orthopaedic treatments, advancements and research breakthroughs. Delegates can discuss the technological developments in the field, as well as the recent advances made in the diagnostics, management and therapeutics of orthopaedic diseases. This platform will also provide an opportunity to identify key areas for future research and developments in basic and clinical orthopaedics.

What’s New
– Advanced and basic technical skills workshops and hands-on training 
– More interactive sessions featuring debates and panel discussions 

Surgery Conference: 28-31 January
Discerning general surgeons can refine their procedural skills while also reviewing the latest best practice to perform advanced procedures in hepato-pancreato-biliary, minimally invasive surgery, upper GI, bariatric and onco-surgery. The conference will cover both theoretical aspects and case-based experiences to improve technical skills. 

What’s New
– Dedicated symposia on new topics: Management skills, tumour board review, HPB surgery 
– A full day of biliary disease based on popular demand and delegate feedback 
– More interactive sessions with audience polling on debates

Obs & Gyne Conference: 28-31 January
Placing emphasis on practical application of the evidence-based topics presented, this will cover the most up-to-date information on treatments and technologies available in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Experts will discuss the latest trends and treatments covering multiple sub-specialist areas such as imaging, maternal-foetal medicine, MIS, reproductive health and a myriad spectrum of women’s diseases faced by practicing OBGYN professionals. 

What’s New
– The Obs-Gyne Conference will be held at the Conrad Dubai .
–  Introduction of dedicated poster presentations sessions, enabling forefront research and emerging developments
–  New sessions on hot topics such as imaging and high-risk obstetrics 

Gastroenterology Conference: 28-29 January
The agenda here is to provide a forum for all gastroenterologists within the region to exchange ideas, discuss innovative methods and review new developments in the field. The programme addresses the hottest topics and controversies as well as the latest in essential knowledge to reduce procedural complications and hasten patient recovery. 

What’s New
– Technical skills workshops after the conference 
– Expert speakers from U.S. and UK 

Diabetes Conference: 28-29 January 
Participants will learn about the most relevant developments in diabetes prevention, treatment and management. Clinicians can expect a lively exchange of ideas related to the technology and prevention of diabetes and related illnesses. 

What’s New
– Technical skills workshops and hands-on training 
– Agenda features a non-biased technology-focused session 

Paediatrics Conference: 28-29 January 
Hear from notable experts from around the globe as they present the most up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment of paediatric conditions. This is also a unique opportunity to witness the future of paediatrics as it unfolds and to network with leaders in paediatrics from around the world. 

What’s New
– Now a two-day comprehensive and concise programme featuring top international speakers 
– Interactive masterclasses designed to address common challenges, led by international faculty 

Public Health Conference: 30-31 January
The agenda covers several important areas in which public health bodies can contribute to making overall emergency and disaster management more effective. Speakers will discuss health effects of some of the more important sudden impact disasters and potential future threats while outlining the requirements for effective emergency medical and public health response to these events. 

What’s New
– Two-day comprehensive agenda 
– Each session offers a global, regional and local speaker for a well-rounded perspective 

Anaesthesia Conference: 30-31 January 
Held under the theme ‘Tailoring anaesthesia to the individual’s needs’, the programme will enable anaesthesia specialists to apply the latest research with the patient at the heart of decision-making and is designed to minimise patient risk, reduce errors and optimise outcomes in a variety of challenging conditions.
 
What’s New
– Global perspective on solutions to key challenges in the field of anaesthesia 
– 20+ speakers 
– Over 8 interactive Q&A sessions giving delegates face time with anaesthesia gurus 

Emergency Medicine Conference: 30-31 January 
Through the inclusion of trauma focused symposiums, this carefully designed programme aims to deliver advanced educational content for both emergency and trauma physicians that are involved in emergency and critical care. Speakers will provide evidence-based global insight into the management of complex emergency cases, by addressing the latest research and guidelines. 

What’s New
– Practical advice shared to support improved multidisciplinary care 
– Dedicated debates on the latest controversial topics for each session 
– Inclusion of trauma focused symposiums within the conference

Quality Management Conference: 30-31 January
It will provide senior level delegates with the unique opportunity to engage with world-class quality management experts; all having distinct insight into the pitfalls and potentials, concerning healthcare quality specifically. Focusing on ‘practical steps’, this year’s conference serves as a practical guideline for healthcare professionals, with the tools and techniques for supporting effective quality planning, assurance, quality control and improvement, being openly shared. 

What’s New
– New speaker line-up including speakers from renowned international organisations 
– KPI hands-on interactive workshop session 
– Dedicated discussions following each session

Trainings and Workshops

Ansell Workshop - Safety Innovations in the OR: 28-29 Jan

It will cover topics such as Breakthrough System in Double Gloving, New Gloving Solutions for Allergies, Advanced Glove Technology Focused on Hand Health and Safety and Breach Protection During Surgery. It will take place at Al Ain J, above Hall 4, Dubai World Trade Centre.

Masterclasses Ultrasound - Liver and Musculoskeletal (MSK) & Small Parts:  28-31 Jan

Canon Medical will be hosting two sessions for those who want to expand their clinical capabilities with ultrasound. Each session will consist of a lecture followed by a live scan using the latest equipment. It will take place at Conrad Dubai, Khasifa Room, Level 2.

Transforming Ideas into Reality at the Innovation Hub

Healthcare start-ups and SMEs will showcase latest technological developments at this dedicated platform.

Digital health start-ups are said to have raised US$ 11.5 billion in 2017, up 27 per cent from 2016, exponentially increasing the pace of digital innovation in healthcare, according to a new report titled Technology: Accelerating Innovation Across Healthcare. The report outlines the positive impact of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), wearable technologies, 3D printing and drones as an agent for transformation in healthcare.

According to Ross Williams, Exhibition Director of Arab Health: “The market is ripe for new healthcare start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to make their mark on the industry. Over the years, we have seen growing interest in new products and innovations that will contribute to shaping the future of healthcare. Hospitals, medical device manufacturers and service providers across the globe are facing increasing pressure to innovate in order to become competitive.” 

Innovation is clearly driving the healthcare industry forward and advances in technologies are creating vast new possibilities and opportunities for the UAE healthcare sector. 

In line with this, Arab Health 2019 will introduce a dedicated Innovation Hub to highlight some of these technological advances and innovations. At the Innovation Hub, you can discover some of the significant breakthroughs and ground-breaking technologies that will shape the future of healthcare and find out what game-changing innovations will offer provisions for cutting-edge care, improved operational efficiency, better patient outcomes, and reduced costs. 

Come, discover the significant breakthroughs and the latest healthcare innovations at the Innovation Hub - Arab Health’s new dedicated zone!  

The two key sections at the Innovation Hub include:
Innovation Showcase: At this dedicated showcase area, you can meet and discover the start-ups, SMEs, and innovators. Located within the central Plaza Hall, companies will display and demonstrate new products and innovations that will contribute to shaping the future of healthcare.

Product areas to explore:
• Artificial Intelligence
• Disease management devices and technology
• Health monitors and home care devices
• Healthcare start-up companies
• Mobile device accessories
• Smart watches, fitness trackers and applications
• Telemedicine platforms

Innov8 Talks: Listen to start-ups and entrepreneurs present their healthcare innovations to a panel of industry experts and potential investors at the dedicated seminar theatre at the Innovation Hub.  
Innov8 Talks will host eight pitches, each eight-minute-long, across each day of Arab Health. The judging panel will determine the best innovation.

At the free-to-attend sessions, discussions will be led by keynote speakers, setting the theme for each day. Afternoon sessions will have a regional focus. The topics include:
Monday, January 28: Future of Care and Treatment
Tuesday, January 29: Changes in the Healthcare Industry to Enhance Patient Care and Delivery, and Emerging Innovations and Achieving the Quadruple Aim of Quality, Access, Cost and Patient Experience.
Wednesday, January 30: Disease Prevention and Management 
Thursday, January 31: Patient Safety and Quality. 

Find out more on – www.arabhealthonline.com/talks