World Innovation Summit for Health dates have been announced
In 2018, the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is set to convene at the Qatar National Convention Centre from November 13-14. Global leaders, policy-makers, and innovators in healthcare will re-explore new ways to build a healthier world through collaborative efforts and the sharing of novel ideas.
Dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices, WISH is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
The summit will focus on nine topics which address some of the world's most pressing healthcare challenges. Groups of experts from around the world will also work together to build evidence-based research on the confirmed topics, which will be announced over the coming months, spanning medical, social, humanitarian, and policy-driven areas.
Additionally, WISH 2018 will see the inauguration of 'The WISH Hub', which will provide interactive demonstrations in health-related technologies - such as robotic devices, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.
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"As we start the build-up to our fourth summit, I think we can be proud of what we've achieved so far, confident that our community of leaders continues to bring about positive change through innovation in the global healthcare sector, and ambitious when exploring further ways to work together towards building a healthier world,” explained Professor Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH.
Emphasising the importance of innovation in healthcare, Sultana Afdhal, Acting CEO of WISH, commented: "Gathering innovative minds in Doha to tackle healthcare issues offers us a unique opportunity to have a profound, positive effect on the well-being of the world's populations.
"Since our most recent summit concluded a year ago we have been translating the outcomes of that event into a range of community-based initiatives, and we've been extremely busy collaborating with organisations both inside and outside Qatar, such as Qatar's Ministry of Public Health, the Carter Center in Atlanta, USA, and the Liverpool Football Club Foundation. These partnerships will support the exploration of issues such as dementia, autism, patient safety, and the reporting of mental health in the media.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”