McLaren announces first GCC e-sports initiative

Rudy van Buren was the inaugural winner of McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer esports competition in 2017
Updated 04 September 2018

McLaren announces first GCC e-sports initiative

Bahrain-based TIG Holdings, together with UK-based motorsport agency MPA Creative and McLaren have announced a new partnership to promote e-sports across the Arabian Gulf region (GCC) through the McLaren Shadow Project.

This follows the global launch of the McLaren Shadow Project — a virtual racing program that mirrors McLaren’s real world — in July. 

The initiative will be the first Arabic language e-sports competition and will culminate in giving a GCC national the opportunity to compete in the worldwide finals at McLaren headquarters in Woking, UK in January 2019.

The program is built on three key components: The first, a competition to identify, nurture and develop a talented GCC national to participate in the McLaren Shadow Project global finals; the second, a broad consumer engagement attracting participants of all ages to take part in a week-long public event at the Seef Mall, Bahrain; and the third, to provide road safety and driver awareness education to improve road safety standards across the GCC region.

Ben Payne, McLaren director of e-sports, said: “As a company, McLaren has very close ties with the region and Bahrain in particular. To be able to welcome entrants from across the region and feature a GCC champion at our world finals is a real boost for the McLaren Shadow Project.”

“We are very excited to be able to announce this partnership,” said Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Jumaan, co-founder and director of TIG Holdings. “Motorsport is very popular in the region, and we are harnessing that passion for racing and all things automotive to deliver a competition with broad public appeal that creates a clear path to McLaren’s world finals while educating road users across the region on key driver awareness and safety messages. 

“Our long-term agreements with McLaren and MPA Creative provide us with a solid and sustainable platform to expand this initiative across the Arabic-speaking world over time.”

Deborah Tee, CEO of MPA Creative, said: “This fantastic opportunity has come to life thanks to three partners sharing the same ambition and vision, each bringing complementary skills.”

Our program, built around the model of the McLaren Shadow Project, appeals to both casual participants and serious e-sports competitors while providing a unique platform to educate road users and improve safety standards across the region.”

Philips brings virtual cardiology network to KSA

Updated 19 February 2019

Philips brings virtual cardiology network to KSA

Royal Philips, a health technology company, has teamed up with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Saudi Arabia to provide a first-of-its-kind integrated cardiovascular information system (CVIS) across multiple facilities throughout the Kingdom. 

Patient medical information will be available on demand at the point of care in each of the connected hospitals to help improve quality access to cardiology care managed by a network of specialists. The Philips CVIS includes advanced software technology and image analysis to simplify cardiovascular data management for cardiology departments to work more efficiently and accurately. 

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the No.1 cause of death globally. They are also highly prevalent in Saudi Arabia. Cardiology is also one of the most complex areas of the hospital enterprise, with large quantities of data generated by various caregivers across multiple locations. By integrating disparate cardiology systems in the public MOH cardiac centers around the Kingdom, the Philips CVIS aims to reduce data entry, simplify access to test results generated in other departments and make it easier to acquire, analyze and share patient data. 

The cardiology patient data information will be powered by Philips IntelliSpace Cardiovascular platform, featuring advanced archiving from the Philips Universal Data Manager (UDM) and advanced visualization from Philips IntelliSpace Portal. Seamless data sharing and connectivity between the hospitals will be managed by Philips Forcare, delivering information health exchange (IHE) interoperability.  

“With a dedicated health care IT clinical informatics team and leadership in connected care, Philips brings a wealth of experience into the cardiology program of the MOH,” said Ozlem Fidanci, market leader Middle East and Turkey at Philips. “This collaboration named as Project Taji marks a significant step by the Ministry of Health toward Saudi Vision 2030 and the elevation of cardiology services across the Kingdom.” 

The Taji Project will be implemented in Makkah, Jeddah, Al-Hofuf, Qassim, Jizan, Najran, Dammam and Arar. All these cities will be connected to the Ministry of Health in Riyadh to utilize tele-cardiology services among MOH cardiac centers. 

“The primary use of tele-cardiology is to support primary care practitioners in the area of correct diagnosis, thus empowering them to manage cardiac patients with increased confidence. It also improves the clinical training of the average practitioner, by increasing the clinician’s level of knowledge at the primary level. This will equip GPs to offer better care and improve the overall health care system,” said Dr. Ahmed Balkhair, adviser to the vice minister and general supervisor of e-health programs and IT.

“The MoH tele-cardiology initiative helps build up an integrated cardiovascular information system (CVIS), cardiac picture archiving and communications system (CPACS), and an ECG data management system, all of which will enhance the efficiency of the cardiology workflow for the cardiologists and all users, and access to patient studies by authorized users,” said Dr. Mohammed K. Abdulaali, assistant deputy minister for hospital affairs.