2017 Healthcare Summit Agenda

Agenda - Subject to Change

2017 US - Arab Healthcare Summit
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The Union League Club 38 East 37th Street New York, NY



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The Shortage of Health Care Workers: Addressing A Critical Need In The Middle East With Help From the US
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Lincoln Hall (2nd Floor)

According to the World Health Organization, there’s a global shortage of 7.2 million doctors, nurses and midwives in the region. More countries will be working toward universal health coverage and to meet their health-related targets through stronger, more equitably distributed health workforces that include community health workers, widespread access to technology and a health team approach to bringing care to those in need.











Public Health Challenges In The Middle East and the US
1:30PM - 2:30PM
Lincoln Hall (2nd Floor)

Rapid urbanization is contributing to these four main types of healthcare issues: cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. These diseases are driven by factors that include ageing, rapid unplanned urbanization, and the globalization of unhealthy lifestyles. Among the latter are unhealthy diets, tobacco use, lack of physical activity and obesity that may lead to raised blood pressure, increased blood glucose levels, and elevated blood lipids.

Lessons Learned From the US
1:30AM - 2:30AM
: Main Lounge

Due to stigma, individuals suffering from mental illness rarely access the help they need for fear of being judged and discriminated against. In the Arab world, mental illness is often associated with social shame, and diminished social status, leading many individuals to avoid or drastically delay seeking help given the risk of these consequences

The Future of Health Care for Both the US and Middle East: A Focus on Improving the Patient Experience
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Lincoln Hall (2nd Floor)

Improving the patient experience in hospitals and with their providers in the region is a critical factor in delivering necessary health care for a broad range of illnesses among a diverse population of patients. How are the most effective health care organizations in the U.S. sharing best practices with their Middle East partners to achieve patient safety goals and aspirations, and find ways to communicate with each other to design and enable caregivers to communicate effectively among themselves in addressing the most prevalent patient issues and answers.

Good Health Is Good Business and Good Diplomacy.
10:00AM - 10:10AM

Good Health Is Good Business and Good Diplomacy.
10:10AM - 11:10AM
Lincoln Hall (2nd Floor)

There are significant differences in how American and Middle Eastern negotiators used strategy and build relationships based on mutual trust before moving to the details of the negotiation. A better understanding of how cultural values, traditions and social mores will dictate success or failure for new business development in the region.

How the Middle East Is Meeting The Growing Demand For New Healthcare Facilities Modeled on the US
11:20AM - 12:20PM
Lincoln Hall (2nd Floor)

To address increasing demand, the Saudi government alone has allocated more than $28 billion to health and social welfare, which includes funding for 11 new hospitals, 11 medical centers and two medical complexes, on top of the 132 hospitals and health care centers already under construction. Overall, the health ministry is planning to raise hospital capacity from 38,000 to 68,000 beds in five years.

How Women’s Reproductive Health Care Impacts Economic and Social Development
12:20PM - 1:30PM
Main Dining Third Floor

The Population Reference Bureau recently reported that almost half of the 10 million women who give birth each year in the Middle East and North Africa have some kind of complication, with more than 1 million women suffer serious injuries that lead to long-term illness. These problems harm not just women but also children and families, affecting the quality of life in the region and impeding long-term economic and social development.

: Assessing Pharmaceutical Markets In The Middle East
2:40PM - 3:40PM
Lincoln Hall (2nd Floor)

A rapid increase in population, particularly an expanding middle class demanding better care has attracted global pharmaceutical companies into the Middle East's pharmaceutical market. Key areas of focus will be evaluating the pharmaceutical market in the region including evolving regulatory frameworks, investment opportunities, new facilities and technology, quality and distribution.

2:40PM - 3:40PM
Main Lounge

Health and Life Science Health and Life Science technology are advancing at a blistering rate. Widespread adoption of electronic health records, new health monitor records, new health monitoring devices and sensors, and the $1,000 genome are enabling new models for care. But how can we best use these new devices and data? Can we use them to make better clinical decisions, improve care improve car improve care management and outcomes, and reverse the continuing rise of healthcare costs?

3:50PM - 4:50PM
Lincoln Hall

The rapid rise of non-communicable disease and increasing healthcare costs are placing a greater demand on US and Middle East healthcare systems than ever before. The role of technology is now a game changer in enabling simpler, more precise, and more affordable healthcare. To address these challenges, governments and key healthcare providers are investing in healthcare technology transformation to increase access to affordable and quality care, modernize the healthcare system, and increase workforce capacity through training and education

3:50PM - 4:50PM
Main Lounge

Some experts say that obesity has turned into a serious health problem for Saudi children, with an estimated 9.3 percent of school-age youths meeting the World Health Organization's body-mass-index criteria for obesity, according to recent research published in the Saudi Journal of Obesity, which compares with about 18 percent of school-age children in the U.S. considered obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How are Public – Private Partnerships in the region are uniting to address this family health issue.