Kenneth Seymens, chairman at conference panel "Real World Examples of Digital Health " has worked in the mobile health field for 25 years and sees m-Health as the future of care for those suffering from diabetes.
"50% of smartphone owners will use eHealth apps"February 21, 2014
UAE - By 2017, it is estimated that half of the 3.4 billion smartphone or tablet users worldwide will be using m-Health apps. These apps will be one of the topics discussed at Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (http://www.hbmeu.ac.ae/) 5th Health and Environment Conference "Transformation for Better Healthcare and Environment" on 3th - 5th March in Dubai.
m-Health apps are not likely to replace doctors' visits anytime soon, but they can supplement traditional healthcare in innovative and convenient ways.
Kenneth Seymens, chairman at conference panel "Real World Examples of Digital Health" has worked in the mobile health field for 25 years and sees m-Health as the future of care for those suffering from diabetes.
In the United Arab Emirates, the disease is of particular concern. One out of every four citizens has diabetes; by 2020, the cost to the healthcare system is estimated to rise to $8.52 billion.
The Sensei system, which Mr. Seymens is the first to bring to the Middle East, uses a Bluetooth-enabled glucose monitor and smartphone app to allow doctors and patients to manage their diabetes on-the-go.
Managing diabetes involves measuring insulin levels on a daily basis, taking medication and eating the right foods. In the past, this has involved regular doctor visits, combing through literature online to find the right foods to eat and hoping to remember to take medication.
Other panels at the conference "Transformation for Better Healthcare and Environment" will discuss how to improve healthcare quality, advances in hospital management and administration and current issues in health reform in UAE. A full listing of conference can now be found online here: http://congress.hbmeu.ac.ae/ehealth/conference-structure.
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5th Health and Environment Conference: "Transformation for Better Healthcare and Environment" (http://congress.hbmeu.ac.ae/ehealth/conference-chair-message) will share best practices and key elements required for initiating and implementing transformation in health and environment throughout plenary and concurrent sessions, and post conference workshops. These will be attended by distinguished speakers from international organizations, governmental and private health/environmental institutions, scholars and researchers and related industry leaders. For a detailed programme look here: http://congress.hbmeu.ac.ae/ehealth/conference-structure. The 5th Health and Environment Conference is accredited by Ministry of Health (MOH) and is encompassed by the 2014 Congress "Leading Transformation to Sustainable Excellence" (http://congress.hbmeu.ac.ae/ehealth/conference-structure).
The Congress will be accompanied by an exhibition area showcasing innovative products and services, and will feature policy and strategy roundtables, awards for outstanding research, and plentiful networking opportunities with industry leaders, researchers, decision-makers, NGOs and experts from all sectors.
Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (http://www.hbmeu.ac.ae/) - the first e-University in the UAE and the organizer of the 5th Health and Environment Conference - was established in 2002 as a passionate response to the aspirations of a new Arab generation, with an emphasis on e-learning as the future of education and empowerment in the region.
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So in this era where consumers have come to expect more from their brands, are patients correct in demanding a better user experience from their care providers?
Healthcare organizations are aware of this expectation and they are also aware that physicians and their allied co-workers need a better medium to communicate and collaborate among them. This not only leads to a better experience for all but also is critical as hospitals continue to drive better clinical outcomes.
One of the aspects of digital engagement is providing an exceptional web experience, whether it is providing physicians with real time data and reports on the cases they are following or engaging patients with education that can help them manage their health better.
The digital experience can help in achieving the following
1) Provide a platform for better collaboration between physicians. Also this helps in increasing consultations between experts who are not necessarily collocated but still need a visual to make a better diagnosis.
2) Accentuates the sharing of information between hospitals and even between various departments of the same hospital.
3) Leveraging the existing hospital information to give a visual picture to the patients on education and how they can leverage the hospital and its facilities to the best of its ability.
4) Running extensive 360 degree programs involving various departments like surgery, nutrition and physiotherapy.
5) Providing a mechanism for better healthcare management.
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