Dubai’s 2018 Health Forum gets underway today (15/16 January), with 33 speakers from 22 countries coming to the Emirate to speak about a vast range of topics.
Headlining those taking part in the event is 14 year old Canadian-Indian,Tanmay Bakshi, who shot to global fame after successfully programming and launching his own mobile app when he was just 12 years old! Two years on he’s now focusing on developing artificial intelligence within the medical sector.
AI is just one of the main themes at this year’s event however, with precision medicine, genomics research and lifestyle management, an especially vital area in the Gulf, also recognised as key focuses.
Dr Manal Taryam, head of the Dubai Health Authority’s Primary Health Centres, was keen to highlight the impact last year’s conference had on healthcare in the Emirate. She said: “Last year at the forum, we discussed the implementation of 3D printing, and within a year we have already conducted some surgeries using 3D printing at DHA hospitals, and have introduced the technology in the field of dentistry across DHA’s dental clinics.
“I am confident therefore that the technology showcased will be put to use. We will display both existing technology as well as technology that is being researched at the moment.”
Dr Taryam also highlighted the Emirates’ strategy for managing lifestyle related conditions. She continued: “Through lifestyle medicine, we can identify high-risk groups and use a variety of methods such as involving family in counselling, lifestyle training and education to handle the condition. This is a new approach and we will consider how we can apply this in our health system.”
Director General of the DHA, Humaid Al Qutami, was also excited about the potential impact of the 2018 forum. He said: “The forum is in alignment with the goals of the Dubai Health Strategy 2021, and will showcase new technology and innovations in health care delivery. We are very focused on using the latest in technology to better patient care. In medicine particularly, it is important to keep up-to-date with the latest in technology, because it has a direct impact on improving the lives of patients.”
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