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Maurice Faber, Vice President, Healthcare Sector Siemens Healthcare


During the Hospital Build Exhibition & Congress 2011, the editorial team got a chance to catch up with Maurice Faber, Vice President Healthcare Sector, Siemens LLC and talk about their successful healthcare project together with the Iraqi Ministry of Health as well as Siemens role in developing sustainable healthcare in the region and beyond.


‘The Hybrid OR is a dual-purpose room that can facilitate practices like catheter-guided procedures as well as open surgeries


Q. Can you give us an update on the project Siemens is working on together with the Iraqi Ministry of Health? A. The deal was announced at Arab Health in 2010 and represents the largest single order the sector has secured in the Middle East, worth US$69 million. It makes us very proud to play an active role in the rebuilding of healthcare services in Iraq. We supplied 419 pieces of equipment, including CT scanners, MRI units, mobile x-rays, ultrasound and mammography systems to over 30 different sites in Iraq between July 2010 and March 2011. In addition to the supply of medical equipment, a requirement stated in the contract was to train, in Germany, medical staff of more than a hundred; including doctors,


operators and engineers from the Iraqi Ministry of Health. The project brought considerable challenges and logistical complexities, so this is something we are extremely proud of.


Q. The Heart Hospital in Qatar have recently installed your Artis zeego technology in a Hybrid Operating Room, can you tell us a bit more about that? A. The Hybrid OR is a dual-purpose room that can facilitate practices like catheter-guided procedures as well as open surgeries. With the Artis zeego technology, surgeons can perform both pre- and post-operative imaging in the same room. This dual purpose nature of the room is important because it improves results in an impressive range of surgical applications and workflow and contributes


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