The state of healthcare IT in the Middle East

A reader, Rami Yousef, wrote me yesterday asking the following:

What are your views on the healthcare industry in the Middle East, are they moving in the right direction in converting their clinics to e-clinics?

Since I live and work in the USA I know this market well but don’t really have much of an idea about how the Middle East healthcare IT industry is faring. I know I have many readers around the world, and based on Google Analytics, some of you are in the Middle East. Could anyone else answer Rami’s question here? I, too, am very much interested in how healthcare IT is being used outside the USA.

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6 thoughts on “The state of healthcare IT in the Middle East

  1. Even though I’ve been involved in a few projects in the middle east I don’t feel qualified to respond ro Rami’s question. It’s hard enough to keep up to date with trends in the various European countries..

    In general I’d encourage your readers to look at – the all encompassing healthcare related trade show in the middle east, with significant representation from IT vendors. This is also a good starting point for links to related sites and companies…

  2. The healthcare market in the Middle East is poised for growth and expansion. Certain reserach reports put the market at about US$50 billion by 2025. This expansion is being powered by the concept of Health Cities and E-health initiatives by Governements. The emphasis is thus far on state-of-the art equipments and devices, and it is perhaps the right time, as these project are considering business processes, patient information, and a need for automation wherien specific healthcare IT products – viz HMS, Lab Info Systems, Pharmacy mangement systems, will be rapidly deployed. it is interesting market

  3. I agree, but one thing i dont understand is that isint the US market onto of this healthcare IT bubble ?

    I can only see Cerner, meditech and eclipsys….what ever happened to the rest ?

    can they not operate in the middle east ?


    joe stone

  4. Dear Dr.,

    Aspire Events a B2B event management company based in Dubai will be organizing an event on HealthCare ICT Summit ME 2009 on 30 September 2009, at Le Meridian Hotel, Airport Road, Dubai, a one day Technology conference for Healthcare sector includes panels discussions, presentations, case studies with the technology business leaders, CIOs, IT Managers, department and administration heads from leading Hospitals, health centers, clinics in the region followed by a One-to-One meeting during the summit. The summit will be graced by expert speakers from the industry and vendor presentations.

    This region boats of a thriving healthcare industry, with numerous specialty hospitals in addition to the advent of the healthcare city. There is a huge community of professionals engaged in the region’s healthcare industry and this is bound to increase as Dubai in particular grows into the role of a medical care hub for the region.

    The Healthcare ICT Summit is the ultimate destination meeting the educational and business needs of this community. It is a platform that brings together decision makers from the healthcare industry as well as suppliers of the best-in-class medical technologies together to network as well as enable healthcare professionals gain a better understanding of technologies that can considerably boost their productivity and provide world class healthcare facilities. The forum through its unique format of one-on-one intense meetings as well as several keynote addresses by technology as well as healthcare experts to gain the definitive perspective on healthcare technologies. It is the venues that could see new win-win partnerships being forged.

    The forum provide the opportunity for CIOs of the healthcare industry to network with peers as well as with technology experts, discuss topical issues that concern the industry such as best-in-class patient care, optimizing costs through effective technology deployments, complying with stipulations laid down by the government and so on. Attendance at the forum would be a though provoking experience for the delegates and they would return with an understanding as to what they require to achieving better efficiencies in providing healthcare.

    The event will be supported by Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai Health Authority and UAE Ministry of Health. Hence all invitations and the media campaign will reach the authorities’ database of healthcare professionals and centres in the region.

    The summit will be exposed through various business and technology medias. We are finalizing our media partners and preparing the marketing collaterals and the event web site.

    We would like to invite you to attend / speak at the event. If you can’t make it, we shall publish your write-up in the event catalogue (if required on our website) on any important point that deems fit for the regions HealthCare ICT.

    Dojo Jose
    Director – Sales & Marketing
    HealthCare ICT Summit ME 2009
    Burjuman Tower 18th Floor,
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    Tel: +9714-2115278
    Fax: +9714-2115101
    Mob: +97150-5517689

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