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Tackling Ebola and cost of cancer concludes WISH summit that aims to change the future of global health

Tackling Ebola and cost of cancer concludes WISH summit that aims to change the future of global health

Experts at World Innovation Summit for Health shared research, insights and innovations as 80 countries joined together to overcome global health threats.

The World innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is a melting pot of Ministers, experts, policymakers and academics all dedicated to overcoming the growing health threats of today facing everyone.

Report recommendations included a ‘pay for results’ model for cancer drugs, adopting the power of celebrity to better communicate complex health messages and utilising military technology to influence healthy behaviour. Alongside the research and reports published, 25 truly innovative inventions were showcased to offer new, cheaper, easier and more effective healthcare in matters such as cleft palate treatment, hearing aids, prosthetics and cataract treatment.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser attended yesterday morning’s panel discussion entitled ‘global diffusion of healthcare innovation/leading health systems network’. The panel included Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Managing Director, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC); Mr. Egbert Schillings, CEO of WISH; as well as senior figures from the UK, US, and Australia. A study on the diffusion of healthcare innovation across the world was published at the inaugural WISH Summit in 2013. Further research on this topic was presented at this year’s summit, focusing on accelerating the adoption of healthcare innovations with case studies from eight healthcare systems from across the globe.

Report recommendations included a ‘pay for results’ model for cancer drugs, adopting the power of celebrity to better communicate complex health messages and utilising military technology to influence healthy behaviour.

Her Highness also visited the WISH innovation gallery, which showcased a range of healthcare innovations from across the world, including practical devices such as affordable clean birth kits, and campaigns including the Your Health First campaign being led by the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Her Highness spoke to representatives of Peek Vision, a portable eye examination kit, and MIT’s Little Devices Lab. Her Highness also met a group of young innovators, including those behind Hamad Medical Corporation’s ‘How Was Your Visit’ app-based patient experience survey, which is helping to improve healthcare services.

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