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mHealth the Main Driver of the Connected Health Industry

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 21, 2012 --( Mobile is the key driver of progress and efficiency in the healthcare industry, says Dr Zakiuddin Ahmed of the Pakistani Ministry of Health. Dr Ahmed, who is regarded as a visionary in innovative healthcare solutions, is one of the dozens of experts who will be addressing key issues in mHealth strategy, provisioning and development at the upcoming Mobile Health Global Summit & Expo.

Mobile Health Global is a core stream of the market-leading Connected World Forum conference, which will be taking place this year in Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, in November.

Dr Ahmed, who is the National Coordinator for Telemedicine and eHealth in Pakistan, says that mHealth is moving much faster than telemedicine or eHealth because of the key role mobile technologies play in driving the connected health industry. He states that “because the industry has learnt a lot over the years – the industry is supporting mHealth.” However, he acknowledges “we are not moving as fast as we want to, or we wish we had – yet mobile healthcare is still developing faster than either eHealth or telemedicine – and this is something we have seen in the last fifteen to twenty years of our work.”

Complex nature of healthcare industry
The Pakistani mHealth expert says that a significant barrier to mHealth technologies reaching their full potential is the complex nature of the healthcare industry. He continues: “The highly integrated nature of the industry means that there are a great deal of different stakeholders involved in the healthcare delivery process – and all the stakeholders are working in silence. This means the industry is working in its own silence; the regulatory bodies have no understanding of what the industry requires or how they can add value. The physicians are closed down in their own bubble.”

According to Dr Ahmed, the industry needs to be “an efficient bubble.” He feels that the stakeholders and their systems need to be brought together, stating “efforts need to be aligned and integrated, and once this is achieved I feel that mHealth is the most natural choice for all the stakeholders.”

More Mobile Health Global speaker highlights at the Connected World Forum include:

- Dr Husnia Sadat, Head of Health Financing, Government of Afghanistan
- Tikki Gee, Ministry of Health, Government of Singapore
- Dr N. Ndwapi, Office of Strategy Management, Ministry of Health, Government of Botswana
- Dr Abo Ismail Foshanji, mHealth Project Coordinator, Ministry of Health, Government of Afghanistan
- Santanu Biswas, Director of eHealth Services, du
- George MacGinnis, Continua Health Alliance
- Bleddyn Rees, Director, European Connected Health Alliance

The Connected World Forum consists of three separate streams: Mobile Health, Mobile Money and Mobile Life.

Event dates:
19 November: Pre-conference workshop, Taking your mHealth initiative past the pilot stage
20-21 November: Conference days
22 November: Post-conference workshop: Managing mHealth Data Records
Location: Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, UAE
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Connected World Forum
Annemarie Roodbol
+27 21 700 3558

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