Turkey will go on its leadership in the region with HIMSS Eurasia

Dr. Ahmet Demircan, Minister of Health

The digitalization of the health system brings with a more functional, fast and quality service concept. In the process of digitalization in health, which started with the Ministry of Health and HIMSS in 2013, Turkey has achieved considerable success in a short time and revealed the meaning of digital transformation in health.

The digitization of hospitals is crucial to ensure that all healthcare providers can share information securely. The fact that all of our citizens have a digital file and that file to be opened in every hospital makes it easier to work in every sense and allows to reach the citizen’s health story and present the diagnosis and treatment quickly. For this reason, not only public hospitals, but all hospitals serving in Turkey need to be involved in this digital integration process.

I can proudly say that the systems developed by Turkey in the health transformation process and the development achieved are taken example by other countries. As you know, Izmir Tire State Hospital has become the second hospital in Europe to reach this level with EMRAM 7 degree. Among the top 10 countries in Europe, Turkey is the most successful country in this area with one level 7 hospital and sixteen level 6 hospitals. It is our desire for Turkey to maintain these achievements and to protect the leading position in the region.

I believe that HIMSS Eurasia will be a great support for Turkey to be a health IT hub and a guide to its region with this experience.

Turkey is in a position to compete strongly with developed countries

Eyup Gumus, Undersecretary of Ministry of Health

We have come to a point where we can compete strongly with the developed countries in terms of digitization as reaching a successful position in healthcare services and bringing health service to citizens in our country.

The common goal of all of us as the Ministry of Health and healthcare providers is to manage electronic-based clinical work processes with an approach that centers on patient safety. As the Ministry of Health, we are about to complete the 4th anniversary of our collaboration with HIMSS to capture digital excellence in all healthcare facilities. As our digitalization coefficient increases, we have been active both in preventive healthcare and in diagnosis and treatment processes, and our service quality has progressed rapidly towards the designated targets.

Turkey is a role model for regional countries

Dr. Şuayip Birinci, Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of Health

The progress that Turkey has achieved in the field of health has made Turkey a role model for all the regional and the developing countries. Thus, it became inevitable to carry out an international activity named as HIMSS Eurasia, aiming the countries of Asia, Europe and Africa along with Turkey.

We are pleased to be holding the HIMSS Eurasia Health IT Exhibition and EMRAM Education Conference, which will cover the countries of the region from 2018 as Turkey the focus country in Istanbul.

Especially with the support and protection of the Ministry of Health, HIMSS Eurasia’18, which will take place with the cooperation of universities, private hospitals, SSI and similar institutions and the participation of health authorities of the regional countries, will create opportunities to meet the best IT practices and innovation-based solutions. So, we will discover new ways for transformation of health industry together.

Turkey is rapidly moving towards European leadership

H. Stephen Lieber, CAE President & CEO, Emeritus

HIMSS event held in Turkey offers opportunities not only in Turkey, but also the opportunity to have information about the transformations and investments in health technologies and to share information in the environment for professionals all over the world.

In addition, Turkey is rapidly moving towards European leadership in the use of information technology in healthcare services. We continue to announce the example of Turkey all over the world. Turkey arrives in Europe in the 6th and 7th level digital hospital segment immediately after Spain and the Netherlands. This situation and the high number of hospitals that received the 6th level award placed Turkey in the same category as the leading EMRAM countries in Europe. Today I am very proud of this great success with those who have directed the country to this strong leadership position.

Turkey’s leading role gives it a different mission

Hal Wolf President & CEO

The performance that Turkey has shown in the process of digitalization in health has allowed it to quickly break out of other countries. Turkey has also undertaken the role of leading the neighboring countries and developing countries in a separate mission.

The fact that “HIMSS Turkey” will be organized as a regional event with the name of “HIMSS Eurasia” gives us great excitement as much as our partners in Turkey. I hope that Turkey will stand out among other countries as the powerful step of international network system by sharing its experiences gained in the process of health transformation and digitalization and I wish this success to continue.

The health sector is the best digitalizing sector

Mahir Ulgu, General Manager of Health Information Systems

HIMSS Turkey is an event where the employees, producers and health personnel of the sector gather together in order to measure the point reached about the digitalization of the health system and to reveal our new targets. Ministry of Health was selected as the best digitalized sector in the competition organized by TUSIAD and Turkish Informatics Foundation under the roof of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. We take this honorable pride and honor all together.

I think we can get much bigger opportunities for the future

Dr. Sabahattin Aydın, Rector of Medipol University

HIMSS Turkey event has reached an international level from national with health information meetings, congresses, workshops and qualified exhibitor companies. Here, both private and public sector, as well as service providers and honoring institutions, find the opportunity to share common views. So, I think we can get much bigger opportunities from the negotiations, panels and conferences in the future.

The goal is to improve patient safety and patient care quality

Assoc. Prof. Ilker Kose, Medipol University

In fact, HIMSS is a tool that allows countries to check first whether the quality of healthcare and safety of the patient are increased while investing in technology of Ministry of Health of those countries. It is also the aim of the hospitals to improve patient safety and quality of care. In this frame, it is a useful process that hospital see what level it is in and then try to increase its level in terms of patients. In this sense, we can say that HIMSS is the right technology for all parties, and the right way to invest in prioritizing patient safety.

Our goal is Turkey to be a health hub

Dr. Gurhan Zincircioglu, Tire State Hospital

I am very happy to be at HIMSS. I am also in the activity committee. This year, we developed ‘Digital Hospital’ concept. There are international participants in the event. Our aim is to make Turkey a health hub.

There is a serious work for HIMSS’18 Eurasia

B. Kemal Şahin, General Manager of Ekspoturk

It is a fact that Turkey is an authority of health informatics in its region. In 2017, there were participants from many countries such as Tunisia, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan. Serious work is carried on for HIMSS’18 Eurasia to reinforce Turkey’s regional leadership.