The importance of data in improving healthcare discussed at Advance Health event

DUBAI, 23rd February, 2019 — Dubai Science Park, a science and healthcare-focused business community, hosted the fifth edition of its Advance Health event, a networking platform that connects key healthcare stakeholders in the UAE.

The forum, which brings together leading experts to discuss important and trending topics in the industry, focused on the merits and challenges of value-based healthcare, a healthcare delivery model in which providers, including hospitals and physicians, are paid based on patient health outcomes.

The speakers included Dr Mohammad Naser Fargaly, Consultant at Dubai Health Authority; Kasem Akhras, Director of Government Affairs and Market Access at AstraZeneca; Kandarp Thakkar, Chief Pharmacist at King’s College Hospital Dubai; Bhawani Bhatnagar, from the Intelligence Department at Daman Insurance, and Albert Berry, Vice President of Connected Health at Arbour Group.

The event was organised in partnership with Synapse Medical Services, a healthcare administration company, and Connect Communications, a strategic healthcare communications agency.

Speaking about the session’s focus area, Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director of Dubai Science Park and Chairing Member of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment Taskforce of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, said, “Healthcare providers around the world are faced with the challenge of providing the best quality of care to their patients while still being able to break even amid rising costs. This where value-based healthcare stems from as it shapes health outcomes against the price of delivering services.”


“This new approach seeks to create a true ecosystem that ties together a wide array of healthcare organisations and settings. Patients are able to benefit from a holistic and well-rounded treatment, while providers share data and measure outcomes to improve profit margins. Overall, it is a robust model that has significant benefits for everyone. We are pleased the latest edition of Advance Health brought to light the various nuances associated with value-based healthcare.”

Some of the main benefits of value-based healthcare discussed during the event include the fact that society at large will become healthier whilst reducing their overall spending on healthcare. There will also be a stronger focus on the well-being of patients due to the prevention of chronic diseases and how data plays an important role in the implementation of this new model as it is accessible across organisations and improves operations and care management.

Kasam Akhras, while expressing confidence in the future of this healthcare delivery model, said, “Value-based healthcare is a paradigm shift in how healthcare budgets should be managed to ensure sustainability. This event is an excellent forum to bring key stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem to discuss how to bring value-based healthcare to reality in the GCC Region.”


Marcus Corander, Managing Director, of Connect Communications, said, “We are excited to collaborate on this Advance Health session for 2019. Apart from value-based healthcare and whether it can be implemented in this region, the session focused on the challenges faced and why healthcare systems are looking to move from fee-for-service to value-based outcomes. It was interesting to hear from key industry stakeholders, as well as providers, payers and industry experts.”


The next Advance Health event will be held at Dubai Science Park on Thursday 18th April.

This press release was also published in Emirates 24/7 and Emirates News Agency


Wrap up from Arab Health 2019

Arab Health 2019 was as busy as ever and we rounded up the week with a Dubai Science Park networking event, which is held annually during the conference. #AdvanceHealth were delighted to be part of the “Industry Hub” for the evening as representatives from  Synapse Medical Services and Connect Communications spoke to delegates from around the globe about business in Dubai and the healthcare sector. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet existing connections and make new contacts from around the world. Thank you to Dubai Science Park for the kind invitation.


Join us at #ArabHealth2019

This year as part of Arab Health 2019, Dubai Science Park will be hosting an event of networking and sharing of best practices. Held at The Bubble Lounge in the Sheikh Rashid Hall of the Dubai World Trade Centre, it will follow Wednesday’s events at Arab Health 2019.

This event is open to any representatives from the Sciences industry, including: Healthcare, Life Sciences, Renewable Energy and Sustainability, Environment, Medicine, Wellness, Food Sciences and Pharmaceuticals. Dubai Science Park will be bringing a team of experts and analysts for a series of open group discussions to help your organisation. The reception will be divided into 4 zones that are open to all representatives or organisations in the Sciences sector. Representatives of Advance Health partners, Synapse Medical Services and Connect Communications will also be in attendance.

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This will be an exciting opportunity for you and your colleagues to find out more about the growing Healthcare and Sciences sector in Dubai.

To register for this event please visit

Preventative Measures and Positive Lifestyle Changes can pose as a Cost-Effective Solution to Tackle Non-Communicable Diseases

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Latest edition of Dubai Science Park’s Advance Health networking event highlights importance of wellness for overall health

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 Dubai-UAE: 6th December, 2018 Dubai Science Park (DSP), a holistic science-focused business community, hosted its fourth Advance Health meeting under the theme ‘Health and Wellness for Disease Prevention’. The networking event convened stakeholders from Dubai’s healthcare community to discuss ways of reducing the occurrence of non-communicable lifestyle-related diseases in the country.

The forum was organised by DSP in partnership with Open Health, a medical communication and market access agency, Synapse Medical Services, a healthcare administration company, and Connect Communications, a strategic healthcare communications agency.


Welcoming the audience, Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director of DSP and Chairing Member of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment Taskforce of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, said: “While people across the UAE are becoming increasingly health-conscious, we still have one of the largest populations that suffers from non-communicable diseases, including cancer, obesity and diabetes. From a financial perspective, investing in preventative measures is much more cost-efficient than treating those diseases, and the promotion of simple lifestyle changes can have a significant impact.

“The latest edition of our Advance Health event brings together stakeholders from the health and wellness industry to exchange insights on how we can become healthier and prevent such diseases before they develop”, he added.


Speaking at the event, Dr Fatheya Al Awadi, Head of Endocrinology at Dubai Hospital, DHA said: “The UAE Vision 2021 emphasises the importance of preventive measures to ensure a longer and healthier life for the country’s citizens. To help achieve this goal, we need to employ an inclusive approach with a stark focus on Dubai’s large at risk population recognizing that Dubai has a largely young population with high prevalence of pre-diabetes and/or obesity. Most of this can indeed be prevented, when all stakeholders come together to ensure we have a comprehensive plan for those at risk. This will indeed empower UAE residents to make the right lifestyle choices”


Marcus Corander, Managing Director of Connect Communications, added, “Lifestyle-related conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases have profound effects on the health and wellbeing of patients, and place a significant burden on healthcare resources. The Advance Health session provided some great insights on the approaches required to achieve a healthier and happier population and it’s clear that we need collaboration from all stakeholders if we are going to make a meaningful difference.”

Other speakers and panelists included Dr Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer at Daman, Michael Davis, Chief Operating Officer at NMC Healthcare, Kara Watson, Events Director for Dubai Fitness Challenge at the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and Dilesh Bhimjiani, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Switch DXB.

Dubai Science Park regularly hosts leading industry events that gather industry experts to discuss topics related to science, healthcare, energy and the environment. The Advance Health series aims to promote collaboration between stakeholders in order to confer solutions to impact the regions developing healthcare sector.

The upcoming fifth edition of Advance Health will focus on Value Based Healthcare and will take place on January 24th, 2019.


Telemedicine has potential to take UAE healthcare to next level: Advance Health Expert panel

Latest edition of Dubai Science Park’s healthcare networking event highlights role of telehealth in enhancing patient experience

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As reported in Zawya

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Dubai, UAE – Dubai Science Park, a science- and healthcare-focused business community, hosted the third forum as part of its Advance Health networking platform under the theme ‘Telemedicine in the evolving healthcare landscape’. The forum convened leading industry experts to discuss how telemedicine can advance the healthcare sector in Dubai and the wider UAE.

Dubai Science Park organised the event in partnership with Open Health, a medical communication and market access agency, Synapse Medical Services, a healthcare administration company, and Connect Communications, a strategic healthcare communications agency.

Distinguished panellists from the regulatory domain included Dr Mohammad AlRedha, Director of Health Informatics & Smart Health Department & Project Management Office at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), and Andrea Tithecott, Partner in the Regulatory Practice and Head of the Healthcare Group at Al Tamimi & Company. Among the telemedicine specialists on the panel were Reza Kazemipour, Co-chief Executive Officer of inui Health, Charlie Barlow, Founder and CEO of Health at Hand, and Brian de Francesca, Chief Executive Officer of Ver2 Digital Medicine.

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Welcoming the delegates to the networking event, Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director of Dubai Science Park and Chairing Member of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment Taskforce of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, said: “Telemedicine has the potential to transform our healthcare system in unimaginable ways. It has given us remote access to primary care doctors and specialists, saving transportation time and expense. In addition to offering patients greater convenience, telemedicine is improving healthcare outcomes, such as early detection, diagnosis and treatment. It truly has revolutionised the UAE’s healthcare landscape.”

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Dr Mohammad AlRedha reviewed the findings of a recent DHA research report that suggests that worldwide revenue for telehealth devices and services will reach US$4.5 billion by end-2018. Meanwhile, the number of users is expected to rise to seven million globally, with 60 per cent of millennials expressing an interest in telehealth services.

Providing a legal perspective on the innovative healthcare segment, Andrea Tithecott said: “Dubai’s health regulator is building upon the existing legislative framework and is working on developing and implementing comprehensive regulations to manage technology-led telehealth services that will help traditional brick-n-mortar facilities and telemedicine providers to ensure patient safety, as well as quality of care.

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“We expect to see further guidance issued through mandatory standards when providing telemedicine services, such as complying with operational procedures and policies, and fulfilling the patient’s needs through supporting continuous medical care. We also expect to see that insurance payors will be required to include access to telemedicine services as part of insurance benefit packages and by working with the regulator and service-providers, to encourage appropriate utilisation of such services, which will reduce the healthcare cost burden over the long term.”

Thom Soutter, Business Development Director at Synapse Medical Services, said, “We were delighted by the turnout and feedback for this event. The content was fascinating as the experts in the region covered a broad spectrum of thoughts on Telemedicine from different areas of the sector. We want Advance Health to be engaging, informative and to connect leaders in their field. This event certainly did that and every delegate left with a better idea of the innovative solutions available in the region and why they are so important. We look forward to our next event.”

Dubai Science Park regularly convenes leading industry events dedicated to the science, healthcare, energy and environment sectors. The next Advance Health networking event is set to take place in December on the topic of ‘Health & Wellness for Disease Prevention’.

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