As one of the largest medical events in the world, Arab Health sets a high standard for healthcare conferences and trade exhibitions. We attended the latest show last week, and were impressed once again at its size and quality. Here are five things we noticed:
1. Arab Health is well established and has a long history—the first session was held nearly 50 years ago—yet it feels like a new, growing, dynamic event. Of course, when you bring together manufacturers, service providers, dealers, distributors, and buyers from 70 countries, everyone will discover something new. The event provides opportunities for participants to create and sustain business relationships, and to look further into the future of healthcare with educational conferences and workshops.
2. We work with our OEM partners to improve hospital work flow processes—so we were pleased to see more than a few examples of integrated systems with plug-and-play interfaces. These range from low-acuity recovery room monitors to complex operating theater integration systems. The implications are significant: Using common connectors, manufacturers can offer more options with fewer central devices. This is a positive trend.
3. Hospitals are not the only places where new technologies are making an impact. Wearable medical technology is becoming more common in the homecare market. For applications from pre-screening for obstructive sleep apnea to monitoring chronically ill patients at home, technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy and mobile apps are improving reliability and convenience for patients and caregivers alike.
4. Another positive trend we noticed is largely being driven by customer demand, with benefits to manufacturers as well. Customers are looking for more versatile monitoring systems that can accept multiple parameters, rather than having to choose separate devices for each type of measurement. Manufacturers will meet more customer requirements if they add rSO2, COHb, and MetHb monitoring to existing systems.
5. Finally, if you have never been to Arab Health, here is one more reason to attend next year: value. You can attend the show at no cost, which makes travel and accommodations that much more affordable. Show organizers will even help you make arrangements. And Dubai is modern, cosmopolitan, safe, comfortable, and accessible to customers and vendors from around the world. We plan to attend again in 2020 and hope you do, too.
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