The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) has organised its annual signature event of “International Healthcare Conference and Exhibition” for 3 days between 25 – 27th July 2017 at Kuala Lumpur convention centre, Malaysia.
The theme of this year’s expo was “Leadership, Technology and Innovation in Healthcare”. The event had exhibitors and visitors from various countries across the globe. This event showcased the latest developments and trends in healthcare products and services targeted at private and public hospitals.
The global Who’s Who in medical devices, pharmaceutical, healthcare, hospital industry such as Abbott, Deloitte, Institut Jantung Negara, KPJ Health Care, Macomb, Napier Health, Pantai Medical, Philips, Ramsay Sime Darby, Scimed Technologies, Shimadzu, Top Glove besides government and non-governmental bodies participated and exhibited their products, services and technology. This event was officially opened by the Minister of Health, Government of Malaysia and more than 100 service providers and others shared over 200 booths.
The conference included papers presented mainly by leading doctors from various hospitals and from representatives of health care & service providers around the globe and panel discussions. Several interesting topics covering latest trends were presented during the conference. Some of the particularly interesting papers include “Uncommon Innovation. Changing The DNA Of Who And What We Are”, “Development Of The Medical Industry Over The Years And Impact On Private Healthcare – The AIA Story”, “Leadership, Technology And Innovation In Patient Safety”, “How AI Might One Day Save Your Life’, “Genetic Profiling And The Application Of Nutrigenomic Interventions In Clinical Applications”, and “Healthcare Risk Management – The Role Of Leader In Driving This Concept In Organisation’.
This APHM conference was successful to a certain extent to offer a unique viewpoint on the advancement and latest trends in the global healthcare and associated industries. Personally, I could see that the conference and exhibition was useful for different categories of attendees in different ways. Be him an ‘Officer or Chief Executive Officer’ else ‘Research Director or Research Assistant’, there was a takeaway for each, irrespective of their positions or stages in their career. The various products and technologies presented by exhibitors offered a glimpse into the new trends that are reshaping the future of this industry. However, I noticed a lack of emphasis on portable scanning devices and other point-of-care advancements, which represent some of the fast growing trends in the healthcare industry.
APHM is a 55-year-old organisation established in Malaysia and started off as a social gathering of doctors to exchange ideas and share their experiences. Over the years, it has grown as an association of 134 private hospitals from all over Malaysia with the aim to facilitate healthcare of the highest standards to the public by promoting cooperation amongst member hospitals. This is also recognised by Ministry of Health as the representative of private hospitals and contributes significantly in matters related to the provision of healthcare in Malaysia.
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