Dubai conferences put healthcare under the microscope

January 29, 2014 1:41 pm

By Hossam Abougabal


Today (Wednesday, January 29), is the last day of the ninth Annual Healthcare Insurance Forum and the Healthcare Innovation Summit. Both held atthe Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai, this three-day event focuses on the innovation, development and support that the sector needs to continue to grow. Attracting top insurance firms, analytics consultants and an array of international visitors, attendees gatherto brainstorm and share best practises.’s sister publication, POLICY caught up with CEO of the American Medical Tourism Association, Jonathan Edelheit, who said: “This is a great place for those from around the world to exchange thoughts and ideas. One of the problems in the region is that there is often a lack of expertise to take countries from A to B,” says Edelheit.

Keynote speakers, such as Dr Saif Al Jaibeji, vice-president ofAetna UAE, talked about available opportunities for insurers in the wider Mena region. Dr Sven Rohte,CEO of national health insurance at Daman, also gave a presentation on the same topic, but focussed on the needs of corporate customers. Robin Ali from the Dubai Health Authority, talked about using claims data as a tool for wider healthcare concerns.

Annual Healthcare Insurance Forum and the Healthcare Innovation Summit place in conjunction with the Arab Health exhibition. The exhibition will run untilJanuary 30 atthe Dubai World Trade Centre. Thisevent is a place for the finest innovators in healthcare equipment, which is open to the public and is essentially a congregation of hundreds of companies that develop healthcare solutions. It is attended by thousands of peoplewho wish to see the latest technology, as well as key industry playersshowcases solutions,thoughts, ideas and innovations.