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Riyadh to Host Health Information Technology Conference and Exhibition

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2011 HIMSS Middle East Conference and ExhibitionHIMSS and the Saudi Association for Health Informatics (SAHI) to gather Regional and International Health IT Leaders in Riyadh to share best practices as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia launches largest health IT program in the region.

February 20, 2011 – Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host the 2011 HIMSS Middle East Conference and Exhibition. Delegates from the GCC and around the region will gather to examine cutting-edge health information technologies and effective IT management practices. This is the fourth edition of events sponsored by HIMSS in the region and it comes as governments in the GCC prepare to make major investments into healthcare IT.

“Purchasing technology isn’t enough to succeed in healthcare. The conference will give delegates the knowledge and best practices that can help provide better healthcare through the effective use of information technology,” said H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President/CEO.

High on the conference program is the major national effort underway by the Ministry of Health to deploy electronic health records. Dr. Mohammed R Al Yemeni, PhD, Advisor to the Minister of Health and Supervisor of ICT will present the progress made in the first hundred days of the national eHealth program. Dr. Al-Yemeni noted that, “Our ambitious plans will build on the pioneering eHealth advancements from many developed countries, and enable the Kingdom to provide a new generation of healthcare services to meet the accelerating expectations of its residents. Key to our success is to understand where other nations have failed and how we can avoid these costly errors.”

The Saudi Association for Health Informatics (SAHI) will present the conference in association with HIMSS and will select many regional and international themes and thought leaders to present. On behalf of SAHI, Mr. Hamad  Al-Daig, Chief Information Officer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre commented that, “Collaboration of HIMSS and SAHI to organize the HIMSS Middle East 2011 Conference & Exhibition will be a great event, taking the good track record of both the HIMSS and SAHI organization’s first class health information conferences.”

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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a comprehensive healthcare-stakeholder membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Brussels, Leipzig and Singapore, HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which 73% work in patient care delivery settings. HIMSS also includes over 380 corporate members and nearly 30 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its educational, professional development, and advocacy initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care.  Visit for more information.

About HIMSS Middle East Conference and Health IT Leadership Summit

The HIMSS Middle East Conference and Health IT Leadership Summit will ne held from 29-31 May 2011 at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre. The HIMSS Middle East Health IT Leadership Summit is a gathering of Senior Executive Management, Hospital IT Directors and governmental organisational governance, performance management and change management. The HIMSS Health IT Management Conference focuses on the practical challenges for HIT managemrent professionals in the integration of deployment of HIT. Session subjects include wireless care delivery, and using standards to achieve real organisational interoperability.

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