Exciting line-up of both local and international key opinion leaders to speak at SAMED Annual Conference.

The South African Medical Device Industry Association (SAMED) was established in 1985 and has grown significantly over the years. Today SAMED represents the interests of more than 160 medical device, medical equipment and in vitro diagnostics companies, giving the industry a platform to speak with a unified voice.

The highlight of each year is SAMED’s annual conference, which offers a valuable forum for engagement on key industry challenges and opportunities.

Taking medical technology to the next level: better outcomes, improved performance, greater cost-effectiveness is the overarching theme for this year’s conference. Taking place on:

Thursday, 29 May2014
The Forum, DiData Campus,
Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Key opinion leaders featuring at the event include:

  • Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO, Discovery Health;
  • Professor Alex van den Heever, Chair: Social Security Systems Administration and Management studies, University of the Witwatersrand,
  • Professor Manie de Klerk, General Manager: Out of Hospital Programmes, Metropolitan Health Risk Management,
  • Mr Mark Bishop, Head of Business Services, Netcare Ltd,
  • Mr Neil Kirby, Director, Werkmans Attorneys,
  • Mr Jasson Urbach, Director of Free Market Foundation Southern Africa and
  • Dr Haseena Gani, Executive Officer, Marketing Code Authority.

A number of distinguished overseas speakers will also present, notably Mr Paul Trueman, Vice-President of Market Access, Smith & Nephew, United Kingdom, Ms Mirella Marlow, Programme Director for Medical Technologies, UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Professor Rosanna Tarricone, Director, Centre for Research on Health and Social Care Management (CERGAS), and associate professor of management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.

SAMED invites you to join these and other speakers and come and explore the latest trends in health technology assessment along with the value of a common coding system for medical devices. We will also look at procurement models for innovative medical technology and how Funders, Hospitals and Clinicians ensure that the medical technology they evaluate, fund, procure and use show better outcomes, improved performance and greater cost effectiveness. We will explore what the envisaged procurement model for medical technology (including innovative high tech technology) will look like under an NHI system and whether South Africa’s proposed healthcare reform indeed needs reform.

The conference will investigate the latest updates with regard to the Competition Commission’s Market Inquiry into the Private Healthcare Sector, taking into account the perspectives of funders, attorneys, the Department of Health and the inquiry panel. Ethical codes of practice and ompliance will also come under the spotlight. The conference will examine how the codes practically impact clinicians and their relationships with companies, as well as how global compliance is becoming an essential business requirement. These are just a few of the topical issues that will be discussed and debated on 29 May. SAMED encourages all healthcare stakeholders to participate in this exciting event.
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