Sidra gearing up to receive first patients

February 03, 2014 - 6:27:22 am

Sidra’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Edward Ogata, addressing the meeting.

DOHA: Senior executives from Sidra Medical and Research Centre took part in the 39th Arab Health Congress and Exhibition in Dubai recently, leading discussions on the development of specialised care centres, the use of Big Data in healthcare and topics on paediatrics and radiology.

Sidra will be the region’s leading specialised health centre, harnessing the advanced technology and top talent to deliver best care for families.

Inter-professional teams of experts from around the world will work together with cutting-edge equipment to ensure Sidra’s patients experience the best care.

Sidra’s Executive Vice Chief Medical Officer, Dr Abdulla Al Kaabi, shared his perspective on the importance of offering specialised care centres as they allow clinicians and administrators to hone advanced skills. 

As a women’s and children’s hospital of Qatar, Sidra will be uniquely placed to provide the best care in some of the most challenging cases. He also said that to make specialised centres successful, there is a need to have a well-established health system in place that includes primary and secondary level of care, as well as the right clinical pathways and referral processes across the system. 

Clinical Chief of Radiology Dr Deepak Kaura moderated the paediatric radiology conference and took part in the Big Data Conference panel discussions, pointing out that the most interesting trend emerging from the event was the acceleration of seamless integration between big data and advanced technologies to improve health and wellness, among other areas. 

He stressed the need for data standards in the rapidly evolving mobile health app market and provided advice to delegates looking at creating health information exchanges.

Sidra’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Edward Ogata hosted a luncheon for participants, discussing Sidra’s progress since last year’s event. 

“The Sidra building is being equipped and, in some areas, staff have begun transitioning to the new hospital to begin testing and commissioning specific areas. This will be a crucial year for Sidra in terms of recruitment and operations and we are looking forward to meeting our first patients,” said Dr Ogata. 

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