Incorporating digital disruption into the healthcare market will be one of the central discussions at the 8th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress, which will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 29 – 31 May 2018.

Africa Health is the largest healthcare exhibition on the continent for international and local companies to meet, network and do business with the ever-growing African healthcare market.

The event, which is hosted by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, is expected to attract more than 10,000 healthcare professionals and over 553 leading international and regional healthcare and pharmaceutical suppliers, manufacturers and service providers.

“With the 4th Industrial Revolution well under way, we are seeing the impact that technology and new digital tools are having on the healthcare sector, particularly within the African context,” said Exhibition Director at Informa Life Sciences Group Africa, Ryan Sanderson.

“These technologies, including cloud-based platforms, are able to assist in the automation of repetitive administrative tasks and provide patient data and information to medical professionals regardless of where they are. Digital transformation within the industry is enabling medical professionals to dedicate more of their time to focus on improving patient outcomes.”

“This will be a key focus of discussion at this year’s event, including a talk that focuses on comparing the latest digital platforms to make the right investment decision for a healthcare organisation,” continued Sanderson.

Africa Health will host 16 CPD accredited conferences offering education on the latest medical and non-medical techniques, topics and trends.

The event will focus on a number of medical specialities including: healthcare & quality management; healthcare technology lifecycle management; nursing; emergency medicine and medical devices procurement, amongst others.

The exclusive Leaders in healthcare conference will highlight the importance of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in enhancing the capabilities of healthcare systems in developing economies.

Furthermore, the event will host distinguished local and international speakers and industry leaders, who will touch upon key issues affecting the healthcare sector, including: identifying real healthcare solutions for the continent, the latest healthcare technologies, as well as opportunities for investment in healthcare start-ups, amongst others.

“With the unique healthcare landscape that we have in Africa, start-ups are in a powerful position to provide cost-effective and holistic solutions that are tailored for the African market. This is particularly relevant for technology companies who are exploring new and innovative solutions to reach patients across the continent, especially within the most remote of regions,” concluded Sanderson.

All proceeds from the conferences will be donated to local charity, The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) and associations.

Africa Health is supported by the Clinical Engineering Association of South Africa (CEASA); Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA); the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA); Southern African Health Technology Assessment Society (SAHTAS); CSSD Forums of South Africa (CFSA); International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE – Clinical Engineering Division);The Association for Peri-Operative Practitioners in South Africa (APPSA – Gauteng Chapter); the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa (EMSSA); the Independent Practitioners Association Foundation; ; and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association of South Africa (MDMSA), Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Academy of Nursing in South Africa(ANSA), and the Trauma Society of South Africa (TSSA).

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