Malaysia to Host HIMSS AsiaPac09 24 - 27 February 2009
January 2009

Malaysia to Host HIMSS AsiaPac09

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Healthcare and healthcare IT experts from around the world will converge in Kuala Lumpur from 24-27 February 2009 for HIMSS AsiaPac09 organised by HIMSS, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a not-for-profit and non-governmental, international healthcare membership organisation.

This follows the successful staging of HIMSS AsiaPac08, held in Hong Kong, which united over 1500 healthcare and healthcare IT leaders across the region to share best practices, gain insights and discover the latest innovations to advance quality healthcare through IT.

Steven Yeo, Vice President and Executive Director, HIMSS Asia Pacific, said, “HIMSS AsiaPac09 is an ideal platform for healthcare IT stakeholders to connect and exchange ideas and get the latest updates on worldwide healthcare IT trends. We chose to hold HIMSS AsiaPac09 in Malaysia because Kuala Lumpur is the gateway for healthcare organisations and is easily accessible from many major cities in the Asia Pacific region, which makes it the perfect location to host next year’s event.

“HIMSS AsiaPac09 comes at an opportune time as the Malaysian government considers its healthcare industry as one of its top priorities and many initiatives are in place to boost the country’s Healthcare sector. This includes improving existing hospitals’ quality care through use of Health IT, upgrading facilities and improving training for its healthcare professionals,” said Yeo.

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Haji Mohd. Ismail Bin Merican, Director General, Ministry of Health, Malaysia is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote address at the HIMSS AsiaPac09 conference which will offer more than 30 education sessions covering topic areas by speakers representing over 14 countries. These experts and high-level representatives will provide a variety of perspectives and unique insights into the latest trends and issues facing the healthcare industry today. Other notable keynote speakers include Professor Emeritus William Edward Hammond, Chair, Health Level Seven Inc. at Duke University, Enrico Coiera, Director, Centre for Health Informatics, University of New South Wales and John J. Nance JD, John Nance and Associates.

“Healthcare is facing fundamental issues in costs, accessibility and quality of care. Together with the aging population across the globe and especially in the Asia Pacific region, the healthcare sector will need to focus on reducing cost of care delivery and the administrative cost as well. Another issue facing healthcare is ensuring that quality of care is achieved through effective diagnosis, patient compliance and avoiding medical errors. Improving access to care in remote communities or emerging and underdeveloped economies with enough hospitals and care professionals is another area that needs to be addressed. It is thus imperative that healthcare organisations recognise the issues and respond with effective processes and technologies for delivering superior care, and this includes the widespread adoption of healthcare IT systems to deliver improvements in the quality and accessibility of care and also lowering costs,” said Yeo.

In addition to the keynote addresses, the HIMSS AsiaPac09 Conference will offer almost 25 education sessions, covering topic areas by speakers representing over 12 countries.

The conference offers a practical solutions-oriented educational programme covering three main tracks in eHealth; EHR/EMR/EPR/PHR; and IT Strategy & Innovation.

Additional sessions will explore topics in Clinical Leadership & Governance, Business Case for Sustainable IT and Communication – Connection for Care.

The HIMSS AsiaPac09 exhibit hall, featuring over 50 companies showcasing their latest products and solutions in a hands-on, interactive and dynamic environment, will provide visitors with an opportunity to explore the latest in healthcare IT solutions, emerging technological advances and interoperability standards.

The HIMSS AsiaPac09 will also offer two purposefully developed, full-day symposia and one regionally targeted workshop to provide clinicians, care providers, government personnel and leaders the opportunity to hear from experts in their fields on the most prominent issues in healthcare in the Asia Pacific Region today.

The Physicians’ & IT Leadership Symposium will focus on solution-driven approaches, healthcare IT issues, and IT as a foundation for innovation, integration and expansion of care delivery. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour Serdang Hospital, a government-funded multi-specialty hospital.

The Nursing Informatics Symposium will provide an opportunity for nurses, clinicians and managers to discuss key issues on how to effectively integrate IT tools to improve processes and workflow at the point of care, and approaches for enhancing patient care and quality outcomes.

The Developing Countries Workshop at HIMSS AsiaPac09, created specifically for providers, leaders and government officials from emerging nations is designed to give insights on healthcare IT advances within the Asia Pacific region and provide an environment of knowledge sharing in capacity building for developing countries.
Registration is now open at www.himssasiapac.org

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