The British University in Dubai Hosts First National Meeting on Health Informatics

Symposium to Discuss the Importance of Designing Intelligent and Efficient Healthcare Systems and Integration of Medical Information Data

27 April 2010
To complement Dubai's developing healthcare sector, The British University in Dubai (BUiD), the Middle East's leading research-based postgraduate university will host the first national meeting on health informatics, which will feature talks from well-known international researchers and practitioners, it was revealed today.

Taking place on 5 May, the symposium will address the importance of designing intelligent and efficient healthcare systems, and the integration of data from the various resources of medical information.

IT intelligence can be applied to all form of health informatics, which includes remote patient monitoring systems, intelligent beds for patients, operation devices for surgeries, health records and hospital information systems.

"The UAE is fast-becoming a leader in healthcare offerings, and BUiD is a firm supporter of this growth and vision. We welcome delegates joining us at the first national meeting of healthcare informatics, where they will gain excellent information on the various technologies and techniques used for intelligent healthcare systems," said Professor Abdulla Alshamsi, Vice-Chancellor, BUiD.

"Our aim is to help advance the development of key industries by hosting leading professionals from around the world to discuss issues and developments in certain sectors," added Alshamsi.

The meeting will also highlight the progress reports of projects on healthcare systems supervised by researches from UAE and UK. Topics include the 'Development of Technologies to Promote Patient Self-Care', 'Designing Information Systems for Context-Aware Collaboration in e-Health', and 'An Appropriate Model for Implementing Health Informatics in the Saudi Health Sector', among others.

Admission to the 'Health Informatics Symposium' is free and the event is taking place from 9am-5pm on Wednesday, 5 May, at BUiD Auditorium, Block 11, Dubai International Academic City.

To register, please email

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Symposium opening

Dr Abdullah Alshamsi, Vice Chancellor, The British University in Dubai


Development of Technologies to Promote Patient Self-Care

Farath Arshad, Head of Centre for Health and Social Care Informatics (CHaSCI), School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Technology and Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, UK




Towards a Context-Aware Multimedia Information System for e-Health: A Collaborative British Council Funded (PMI2 Connect) Research Project

Hissam Tawfik, Associate Professor, Liverpool Hope University, UK


Designing Information Systems for Context-Aware Collaboration in e-Health

Obinna Anya, Liverpool Hope University, UK





Health Informatics for the Health Sector in the UAE

Mr Khaled Lootah, Ministry of Health, Dubai



An Appropriate Model for Implementing Health Informatics in the Saudi Health Sector

Abdulhameed Sabbagh






Intelligent Healthcare System: Knowledge Engineering

Professor Wathiq Mansoor, Professor of Computer Engineering, American University of Dubai




Health Informatics Applications in the UAE

Speaker to be confirmed



Title to be confirmed

Lina Shadid, Associate Partner, Healthcare Leader, GBS Middle East and North Africa, IBM Middle East FZ-LLC



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About The British University in Dubai
The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is the Middle East's leading research-based postgraduate university, facilitating world-class education, training and research. It provides an important and growing community and resource for young professionals, leading academic, corporate managers and aspiring leaders of all description.

BUiD, a truly local university, is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and internationally recognised for its top quality education, which is on par with British standards thanks to its association with UK-based universities including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester, Cardiff University, King's College London, and the Cass Business School at City University, London. 

BUiD offers full and part-time research based Masters Degree programmes, the regions first accredited Doctorate in Education and Continuing Professional Development courses in: Education, Finance and Banking, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, IT Management, Project Management, Systems Engineering, Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, and Sustainable Design of the Built Environment.

The non-profit university has attracted academic experts to develop regionally tailored programmes, in which they extend and challenge the boundaries of knowledge, understanding and research.

BUiD works in collaboration with leading organization and institutions including Atkins, Emirates Green Council Building, KHDA, Ministry of Education, Dubai Human Resource Forum, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ADCCI) and CIOB among others, to encourage professional development across the UAE's public and private sectors.

The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation, the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Rolls-Royce, the British Business Group and the National Bank of Dubai. The University is governed by a Council under the chairmanship of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

For further enquiries contact Nishath Rizwan at BUiD on +971.4.391.3626,

© Press Release 2010


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