Regional medical market expands

Published September 20th, 2010 - 02:51 GMT
Medical equipment
Medical equipment

The medical industry in the Middle East is rapidly expanding, as regional governments invest significantly towards enhancing healthcare infrastructure and building more hospitals, says Tripp Lite, a world leading manufacturer of power protection and connectivity equipment. In line with this, the manufacturer has set its sights on the UAE's burgeoning healthcare sector, which according to the latest report from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is poised to reach AED 43.7 billion by 2015. With aims to help the regional healthcare industry adopt the most advanced and reliable IT infrastructure, the company is offering its regulation-compliant medical-grade power protection and connectivity products for mission-critical equipment and back-office datacenter facilities of healthcare establishments in the region.

Tripp Lite's portfolio of medical-grade products, which includes UPS systems, isolation transformers, and mobile power supply retrofit kits for medical carts, is compliant to IEC 60601-1, a patient shock-prevention standard required for all electronic devices that can potentially come in contact with patients or staff. Apart from products for in-patient care areas, the manufacturer also provides audio, video and data cables, connectivity products, and complete power backup and cooling products. According to Tripp Lite officials, the availability and demand for state-of-the-art, medical-grade compliant products is also creating a requirement for specialist manpower and contractors who can provide complex HVAC solutions.

"Information technology has a tremendous impact on the enhancement of healthcare, as new, advanced equipment facilitates prompt diagnosis, less errors and improved communication among the medical team," said Vipin Sharma, VP of EEMEA & India Sales, Tripp Lite. "Consequently, regional governments who are realizing the outstanding benefits of building a robust healthcare system are making IT a major part of their investment towards expanding their medical facilities. In line with this, we remain committed to delivering medical-grade products that are fully compliant to industry regulatory standards to satisfy the medical market as well as help governments in their aims to boost the medical tourism sector."

In addition to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman also offer top opportunities, as local governments in both countries undertake similar massive initiatives to enhance their healthcare infrastructure and increase the number of local hospitals in coming years. With the latest figures revealing that the expat population in the region is spending more than 15 percent of their annual income on medical care outside the Gulf, these governments are also seeking to boost medical tourism. Underlining its position as a market leader, Tripp Lite has been involved in the completion of implementations within the Dubai Healthcare City and medical facility projects in Saudi, Qatar and Oman.

"Outages in power or deficiency in quality of power supplying ICU or in-patient care areas can result in damage to the credibility of the institute as well as to the expensive medical equipment used for diagnosis and treatment. As the need for business continuity or operational continuity becomes all the more important to any medical vicinity, we are working to further expand our portfolio that targets this particular market in the years to come," concluded Sharna. 

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