From vision to
We have a great line-up of features in this forwardlooking
issue of Middle East Health. First, we look
at Qatar which is undergoing rapid development in
all sectors, not least healthcare. With the world’s
highest GDP per capita and a clear plan for the
future outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030
initiative, the country is steadily turning its ambitious
plan into reality. Healthcare is a key part of
this and we look at the latest developments in the
sector in “A vision of the future starts to take
shape” on page 32. We also speak to Cerner’s Greg
White about the huge contract they recently won
to set up a countrywide Hospital Information System in Qatar – his interview
is on page 42.
One of the key and increasingly difficult challenges facing the healthcare
sector, particularly in the Gulf, is attracting and keeping talented staff. Dr Ehssan Abdallah, a senior consultant at Gallup, looks at the problem and at
ways to help administrators keep their personnel on board (page 30).
In this issue’s UAE Report, we look at the Government’s use of publicprivate
partnerships to develop the healthcare sector, and what is required to
create the right environment for the establishment and successful outcome of
such projects. They sound easy and obvious in principle – but what’s the
reality like? See for yourself on page 54.
You have no doubt heard of the phrase Web 2.0, where the Internet is no
longer used only as a resource for information, but is now also a medium for
communication – look at Facebook and Twitter, for example. We can now use
smart devices like iPads and iPhones to instantly send images – and even video –
from your desk or armchair to anyone anywhere in the world. Philips Healthcare
have embraced this development with their new Imaging 2.0 initiative, which
integrates imaging devices and enhances communications within teams of
radiologists and nurses, all with the aim of improving clinical healthcare.
We speak with Philips’ Jay Mazelsky and Hans Kleine Schaars, specialists in this
field, about the initiative, on page 50.
Medical equipment and services are changing faster than ever, and sometimes
it’s difficult to keep up – but we’re trying our best! There is a lot in this
issue that will hopefully inform and interest you. We hope you’ll enjoy it.
Good reading – and good health.