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Filed under : News King Abdullah II and Cisco CEO launch Jordan’s Healthcare ICT Task Force

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and John Chambers, Cisco’s Chairman and CEO, formally inaugurated Jordan’s first Healthcare ICT Task Force, at a session, held alongside the World Economic Forum 2011 at the Dead Sea, Jordan.

A joint effort by Cisco, King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD), and Jordan’s Information and Communications Technology Association (int@j), the Jordan Healthcare ICT Task Force is an open forum of Jordanian Health Information Communications Technology (ICT) companies under the umbrella of int@j. The Task Force’s main objective is to advance Jordan’s healthcare ICT cluster capacity and promote Jordanian healthcare ICT technologies and companies on a local, regional, and international level. Cisco’s role will be to help in provisioning guidance, mentorship, and support to the Task Force’s programs.

“As a worldwide leader in networking, Cisco is well positioned to improve the future of healthcare through networked technologies that transform how people connect, access information, and collaborate. Our goal is for Cisco to lead the transformation in the healthcare industry’s complex transition. Our strategy is to be an essential partner and enabler for the entire healthcare ecosystem by working with customers and innovators to enhance the patient experience, streamline processes, and provide innovative technologies that empower care team collaboration and business efficiency from end-to-end. We strongly believe that through our collaboration with int@j the Jordan Healthcare ICT Task Force will enable accelerated growth of healthcare technology firms in Jordan,” said John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems.

The Task Force was launched at a special roundtable session on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Jordan 2011 at the Dead Sea, with the participation of Cisco healthcare solution executives and Jordanian healthcare ICT technology companies executives. Discussions focused on the potential and future opportunities in healthcare ICT in the region and globally, including high level future plans. The session also included an exchange on the progress made in Jordan’s “Hakeem” program, run by Electronic Health Solutions (EHS) a non-profit company aiming to computerize the public health sector in Jordan.

“The taskforce will be focused on achieving multiple objectives, including rapidly replicating the Hakeem programme nationwide and positioning Jordan as a regional hub for ICT solutions in the healthcare sector. The taskforce, a joint effort by Cisco, King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD), and Jordan’s Information and Communications Technology Association (int@j), is an open forum of Jordanian Health Information Communications Technology (ICT) companies under the umbrella of int@j. The Task Force’s main objective is to advance Jordan’s healthcare ICT cluster capacity and promote Jordanian healthcare ICT technologies and companies on a local, regional, and international level,” said Mohammad Tahboub, chairman of the IT Association of Jordan, Inj@j

The Task Force aims to to promote knowledge-sharing and marketing for companies under the umbrella of the Jordan Healthcare ICT Task Force Cluster, as well as help to accelerate the growth of Jordan’s healthcare ICT companies by providing a forum for joint collaboration and cooperation. It also aims to create a point of reference for global and regional leaders wishing to partner with Jordan’s Healthcare ICT cluster.

Task Force activities will include, amongst other initiatives, assessing Jordan’s healthcare delivery system position regionally and globally. It will also develop mentorship programs to link Jordanian companies with innovative and leading global healthcare ICT brands, and a forum to enable cluster companies to advance and innovate through current opportunities and future trends in Healthcare ICT Technologies globally. Regular healthcare ICT boot camps for cluster members will be hosted by leading healthcare ICT companies from around the globe.

The inauguration roundtable session also witnessed the presentation of “Al Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Contribution of the First Degree” to Cisco’s Chairman and CEO, John Chambers by His Majesty King Abdullah II, in recognition of his continuous efforts and commitment to strengthen Jordan’s education and ICT sectors.

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