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Cayman Islands healthcare conference attracts international expertise
Published on October 3, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Cayman Islands’ annual 20/20 Healthcare Conference takes place from 18 to 20 October in Grand Cayman and, now in its third year, this annual event is this year attracting some of the biggest names in the management of healthcare.

Underscoring the global nature of this year’s conference, sponsors, presenters and delegates from the United States (Florida, California, Virginia, Ohio, New York and Missouri), Canada and delegates from Caribbean countries such as The Bahamas and US Virgin Islands will join local healthcare experts and conference attendees for what is scheduled to be an unprecedented in-depth analysis of this year’s conference theme: ‘Patient-Centred Care: Achieving Quality Outcomes’.

Among the extensive list of top healthcare professionals scheduled to present is Dr Mercedes Dullum, an award-winning cardiothoracic surgeon, who is Medical Director, International Services for Tenet Healthcare. Dullum has been named as one of the top cardiac surgeons in Washington DC. She will be assessing techniques that work in the field, while still increasing the patient experience.

Dr James Merlino is the chief experience officer of the Cleveland Clinic health system, and is a practicing staff colorectal surgeon in the Digestive Disease Institute. His presentation will discuss, among a broad list of topics, why a patient’s first philosophy should be at the centre of every healthcare organisation’s strategy.

Award-winning broadcast journalist, Barbara Ficarra, who is a leading voice in healthcare social media and another leading professional in her field, will be analysing the overall topic of the rise of digital technology for better patient engagement.

Dr Richard Buck, an independent organizational and health care strategist based out of St. Louis, Missouri was the Naval Medical Officer and CEO at the Naval Hospital. He has received international recognition for his leadership in patient centred care. He will be speaking about how healthcare providers can incorporate patient centred care into busy schedules.

Dr Lawrence Friedman is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, will also be presenting at the conference, looking specifically at defining quality outcomes from the patient, provider and payer perspective, as well as looking at some of the innovations that are driving quality improvements and quality measurement of healthcare services.

Another senior figure in the field of healthcare, Steven Thompson, CEO at Johns Hopkins Medicine International and senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will be analysing the issue of improving the health status of individuals and communities via a number of different strategies.

Cynthia Hastings-James, co-founder of Cookson James Loyalty Inc and, is another expert in her field, enjoying over 15 years of innovation in health promotion, medical education and marketing, with a particular focus on digital solutions. Hasting-James looks forward to sharing her knowledge on the use of incentives with patient-centred approaches to improve health and wellness with the 20/20 Healthcare Conference audience.

Mark Scotland, the Cayman Islands government’s minister of health, environment, youth, sports and culture, is delighted that individuals of such high calibre have agreed to attend this year’s event.

“Each year we have seen Cayman’s 20/20 Healthcare conference grow in stature and content, making it one of the most important meeting of medical minds anywhere in the region,” he said. “This year we look forward to expert analysis and debate that will help the Cayman Islands shape its healthcare policy for years to come. We are extremely grateful to all our speakers, delegates and sponsors for joining us in producing what we believe will be a first-class healthcare conference.”
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