Day 2 :
Imperial College London, UK
Keynote: The Clinical Evidence and Challenges of mobile health for Diabetes Management in the Arab Counteries – From Pilotitis to service delivery
Time : 9:00
Professor Robert Istepanian is recognized as one of the leading authorities and pioneer of the area of mobile healthcare and the first scientist to have coined and defined the concept of ‘m-health’. He completed his PhD studies from Loughborough University, UK. Since them has held several academic and research posts in UK and Canada. He lead numerous clinical trials and research studies in the areas of mobile health and diabetes management and is considered a leading authority in the area . He published more than 200 papers and several books in this area.
The alarming prevalence of diabetes is the Middle East and North Africa Region ( MENA) and particulary in the Gulf states is becoming a major health challenge with social and economic impact. According to the latest WHO statistics, the prevalence of diabetes in the Middle East region has seen one of the highest, soaring from 5.9% of adults in 1980 to 13.7% in 2014, with the Gulf counteries including KSA, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait having higher prevalnce rates. According to IDF estimates, healthcare spending on treating diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa region was US$16.8bn in 2014; this is set to reach US$24.7bn by 2035. Clinically, diabetes self management is increasingly beccoming an important approach for better mointoring and management of diabetes both for Type-1 and Type-2. Increasing clinical studies advocated the evidence and benefits of mobile diabetes management using smart phones as viable approach for effective lowering of HbA1c levels particulary for Type-1 and also for Type-2 patients. However, there is dearth of similar studies and clinical work in this region and the Gulf counteries and mostly as small pilot studies.
Considering the tranformative role of mobile health as an important healthcare service delivery mechanism being endorsed from major global institutions such as the WHO, ITU and the World Bank, supported with major investments and support from global mobile and pharmacutical and medical devices industries. This is combined with massive increase and penetration of mobile and Internet usage by the patient population in the region. It is is timley for this lecture and special workshop to discuss the clinical aspects, evidence sofar and the challenges relevant to the diabetes self management. This lecture and workshop will aim bring together leading clinians speakers and from academia, industry from the region to present and discuss these challenges, lessons learnt and relevant critical issues to increase awareness to this important health area.
Khalifa University, UAE
Dr. Kinda Khalaf received her B.S. (Summa Cum Laude with Distinction) and M.S. (Honors) degrees from the Ohio State University, USA. Her Ph.D., also from OSU, is in Biomechanics/Computational Biomechanics, specializing in Biomaterials, and Dynamic modeling and control. Dr. Khalaf has held faculty appointments in Engineering and Medicine at several prestigious universities including the University of Miami and the American University of Beirut, and currently serves as associate chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. She has numerous publications in the areas of Orthopedic Biomechanics, Computational Biomechanics, biomaterials, and neuromusculoskeletal modeling and control Dr. Khalaf is on the list of International Who Is Who of Professionals. She has been awarded various awards and honors including the prestigious National Merit Scholar. She is currently the chairperson of the UAE branch of IEEE, EMBS, in addition to her membership is several professional organizations.
Indiana University, USA
Pandemic viruses like Dengue Fever, H1N1, MERS-CoV and SARS challenge health services to ensure affected populations are adequately prepared and ready to change behaviors necessary to control spread of the disease. This article focuses on the role of affect and efficacy in reducing the impact of pandemics on the global public health. We report findings of a systematic review of 63 studies that apply social-cognitive theory to understand the psychological factors that determine population behavior in response to a pandemic. This evidence-based analysis reveals the importance of information selection, perception of risk and health self-efficacy, and emotional response to the pandemic in determining population health during an outbreak. Results suggest that health literacy development may need to shift toward health skills training and emphasize the importance of affective communication to motivate behavior change required to mitigate spread of the disease. We conclude with implications of study findings for literacy campaigns associated with population health and medical tourism. Finally, we discuss application of evidence-based argumentation analysis, a rhetorical technique for conducting systematic and meta-analytic reviews, to improve healthcare research and healthcare management practice.