Boasting a record-breaking attendance of over 130,000 medical professionals from across the globe, the 41st Arab Health exhibition and congress was a smashing success. With representatives from more than 4000 companies involved over the 4 days, the event presented attendees with the perfect opportunity to network and discover the latest products, technologies and services in the healthcare industry.
Public Enemy famously sang: “Don’t believe the hype.” And if you’ve been around in healthcare a while you probably have ‘innovation fatigue’. It’s a condition whereby you’ve seen enough ‘game-changing’ technologies to take Public Enemy’s advice. The amount of hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) – of which I’m sure you’ve heard – may lead you to also question whether this new technology is all it’s cracked up to be. But bear with me – because it is. In fact, it has the potential to achieve the seemingly impossible – saving money and improving patient care.
Just over one in every four respondents to a European Commission Survey published this year had experienced an adverse event while under hospital care. Whilst this should be cause for concern in its own right, there has also been a significant increase in the proportion of adverse events reported, rising from 28% in 2009 to 46% in 2014.
When NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, took on his new role in April 2014, he stated that the organisation was facing the biggest challenge in its history because of the squeeze on its budgets, and warned that the next few years would require a significant effort to maintain the highest levels of service and care, and balance the books.