GCC healthcare sector to spend $550m on IT in 2015: DWTC

GITEX host cites reports focusing on ‘next wave’ of medical tech

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GCC healthcare sector to spend $550m on IT in 2015: DWTC
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 1, 2015

With GCC healthcare IT spending set to top $550m in 2015, healthcare providers must anticipate the "next wave" of healthcare technology to enhance patient care and reduce costs, GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK host Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) said today, citing "industry experts".

Healthcare IT spending in the GCC is set to grow by 24%, from $444m in 2011 to $551m in 2015, with features such as e-health and mobile health tools "driving efficiency, reducing costs, and meeting increasing demands from patients", according to a recent report from Alpen Capital.

"In the face of a massive global shift from reactive to predictive and proactive healthcare, increasingly tech-savvy patients are using the Internet and mobile apps to focus on healthy lifestyles, wellness and wellbeing," DIFC said, citing another report by Frost & Sullivan.

Among the healthcare innovations Frost & Sullivan expects to play a key role over the next five years, are: implantable biochemical and digestible sensors that can monitor vital signs; gamification to help people adopt routines and diets; robot nurses that can help elderly patients; personalised genomics for identifying illnesses; diagnostic wearables; and 3D-printed medication and exoskeletons.

"The GCC's increasingly tech-savvy patients are putting pressure on the regional healthcare industry to adopt the latest health information-technology innovations - a trend that has the potential to significantly reduce the financial strain on both patients and governments," said Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, Exhibitions & Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

"GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2015 will provide an ideal platform for healthcare providers to experience the latest in healthcare innovation, from more efficient patient data management solutions to cutting-edge mobile innovations driving patient welfare."

Healthcare solutions among GITEX 2015 exhibitors include mobile-enabled smart lenses by Google and Novartis that measure blood glucose from tear fluid; and real-time healthcare analytics by SAP that can track and control the spread of contagious diseases, which have proven effective in fighting Ebola in West Africa.

Global specialists in digital health will discuss healthcare ICT solutions at the GTX TechVerticals Conference at GITEX 2015.

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