Indus Health Network (IHN) is organizing its fourth biennial scientific conference ICON 18. The two-day international conference is being held in Karachi. Current year’s theme is ‘Redefining Healthcare’. In his opening remarks, Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Indus Health Network said, “At Indus, we are not only driven by service-delivery but also invested in promoting academic and scientific discourse in Pakistan. This biennial conference is one of the ways we try and contribute. This year’s conference will not only focus on showcasing clinical specialties but will also feature public and community health aspects of care.”
“ICON is an inspirational forum for medical and nursing experts, hospital executives, policymakers, insurers, consumer advocates and industry analysts to exchange ideas, share best practices, and set new standards for providing quality medical care to people.” said Younus Bengali, Chairman, Board of Directors, Indus Health Network. Professor Sohail Akhtar, Chair Scientific Committee ICON informed, “There will be discussions on ethical, social and administrative side of medicine too. Key discussion will include community engagement, person-centered care, infections, non-communicable diseases, palliative care, innovations and safety in surgery and trauma care, communication skills, mother and child health etc.”
Professor Muhammad Junaid Patel, conference chair briefed about the conference and said, “The conference will stimulate both our clinical knowledge and scientific intellect. This year our focus is on redefining healthcare. The theme resonates with Indus’ 10-year journey from a one hospital campus to the Indus Health Network covering several hospitals across Pakistan combined with a robust public and community health approach through its Global Health Directorate.”
“Medical world is constantly making progress and to stay at par with global developments, The Indus Hospital, amongst other endeavors of continuing medical education and continuing professional development, holds an international biennial conference. It is a great way to present to the medical fraternity a well-balanced multi-disciplinary scientific program covering a wide variety of topics.” Said Professor Saeeda Haider, Co-Chair, Organizing Committee ICON.
Plenary speakers and their topics include: Indus Model of Healthcare by Dr. Syed Zafar Zaidi, Dean, Indus University of Health Sciences; Community Engagement Critical to Healthcare by Dr. Claire Campbell, freelance consultant, Constellation for Community Life Competence; Twenty First Century Healthcare, Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed, President Healthcare Quality & Safety Association of Pakistan; Bridging the Health Delivery Gap: TB As Entry Point For Comprehensive Community Based Care by Dr. Salman A. Keshavjee, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School – Center for Global Health Delivery, Dubai; Sustaining Free and Low-cost Healthcare Delivery Models in Pakistan, Dr. Aamir J. Khan, Executive Director, Global Health Directorate, Indus Health Network; Discharged but Not Forgotten: The Need to Consider Long-term Outcomes after Traumatic Injury by Dr. Adil Haider, MD MPH, Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health; Violence in Healthcare by Dr. Mirwais Khan, Head of Healthcare in Danger Project, ICRC Pakistan.
Other international experts include: Dr. Bernadette Abela-Ridder, WHO Team Leader, Switzerland; Mr. Christopher E. Atwater, Director, Bridge of Life, USA; Dr. Umer Burney, Orthopedic Surgeon, USA; Dr. Claire Campbell, Consultant, Constellation for Life, Australia; Dr. Adil Haider, Kessler Director Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA; Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Harraz, Assistant Professor Urology, Egypt; Dr. Damir Hudetz, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, University Hospital, Croatia; Dr. Salman Keshavjee, Program Director, Harvard Medical school, UAE; Dr. Uzma Khan, Country Director, IRD UAE; Dr. Sean Kivlehan, Fellowship Director, International Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA; Dr. John Lantos, Director Children’ Mercy Bioethics Center, University of Missouri, USA; Dr. Omer Hashmat Lodi, Consultant Anesthetist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital, NHS, UK; Dr. Khalid Makhdoomi, Head of service, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Dr. Klaus Meier, CEO, Department Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy, HKK Trust Soltau, Germany; Dr. Gary D Myers, Associate Professor Pediatrics, University of Missouri, USA; Dr. Megan Rybarczyk, Int’l Emergency Medicine Fellow & Chief Resident Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA; Dr. Shahid Shamim, Associate Prof. Surgery and Head Medical Education Unit, King Abdul Aziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Dr. Muhammad Aslam Siddiqui, Manager, Inpatient Pharmacy, Clevland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE; Dr. Thanh Nga Tran, Consultant Dermatologist, Mass General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, USA; Dr. Bassem Saleh Wadie, Professor, Urology and Nephrology Center, Egypt; Dr. Zayed Yasin, Assistant Director, International Collaborations Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA.
About The Indus Health Network (IHN)
In the year 2007, The Indus Hospital (TIH) started as a 150 bed, state-of- the-art, tertiary healthcare facility providing quality treatment free of cost to every patient. After widening the scope of work, the hospital has turned into the Indus Health Network (IHN). The network is focusing on the development and management of various public and private hospitals throughout Pakistan. The network is also carrying out Malaria, AIDS and TB outreach programs in the country.