Middle East Oman Microsoft sponsors Oman Health Summit
Microsoft sponsors Oman Health Summit
To share its vision of a “Connected Healthcare Ecosystem”
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Muscat, Oman

Microsoft has confirmed its participation at the Oman Health Summit which takes place on September 26th - 27th 2011 at the InterContinental Hotel in Muscat. The two-day platform is hosted by the Ministry of Health of Oman, and leading French business information group naseba.

Microsoft will address up to 100 healthcare leaders from the Middle East at this landmark healthcare event. Microsoft is the only player with health ICT solutions spanning from the patient to the enterprise to the doctor, empowering every participant in the health ecosystem. The company's keynote presentation will emphasise the importance of IT in the advancement of healthcare delivery. Mohammed A. Saleh, Director, Health Industry Market Development, World Wide Public Sector from Microsoft will address attendees.

According to Dr. Qamra Said Al Sariri, Director of Planning, Directorate General Health Services Muscat, "While Oman has made significant progress in developing healthcare over the last few years, there is still a scope for improving the quality of care at the health care facilities and encouraging more participation from the private sector. We welcome Microsoft's involvement and look forward to benefiting from their expertise and insights to support the Ministry of Health's vision and reform strategy."

"Information technology is a pivotal aspect of progress in healthcare, and Microsoft is proud to support this pioneering event," said Tareq Hijazi, Regional Country Manager, Microsoft Bahrain & Oman. "One of the biggest hurdles to improving the quality of care is the lack of accessible health-related information when and where people need it.  Microsoft is improving access to information with offerings that connect different systems, processes and people across the entire health ecosystem. We look forward to sharing our experience across global healthcare systems to move towards a more patient centric and dynamic healthcare system in the sultanate."

The summit will host regional healthcare professionals as well as product and service providers from around the globe. Attendees will share ideas, and examine and recommend potential innovations in the sector. Oman's Minister of Health, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Alsaeedi, is inaugurating the conference and giving the opening address.

"The Middle East has made significant investments in the healthcare sector in the past decade. The Omani healthcare system is one of the most advanced in the world as well as across the GCC region, and the Ministry of Health wants to maintain their high standards. They plan to open more than 15 hospitals and clinics throughout the Sultanate in the next four years, and have allocated US$ 700 million for healthcare expansion. We are pleased that Microsoft recognise this potential and are supporting this initiative," commented naseba Healthcare Series Director, Fabien Faure.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft opened its Dubai-based Middle East office in 1991. Microsoft today has four subsidiaries in the Middle East region: Microsoft Gulf which oversees Microsoft activities in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman and Yemen, Microsoft Arabia covering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Microsoft Egypt and Microsoft North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan that oversees Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine Territories and Pakistan.

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