ALJ Motors launches new Toyota Avalon in KSA

The new fifth generation Toyota Avalon was unveiled at a recent event in Jeddah.
Updated 05 September 2018
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ALJ Motors launches new Toyota Avalon in KSA

In a ceremony held in Jeddah, Abdul Latif Jameel Motors (ALJ Motors), the authorized distributor of Toyota vehicles in the Kingdom, launched the new fifth-generation Toyota Avalon, one of the most popular full-size sedans in the world. The ceremony was attended by Randy Stephens, chief engineer of the 2019 Toyota Avalon, who flew in from the US to attend the ceremony, and Mazen Jameel, marketing director at ALJ Motors, accompanied by several senior officials from the company, along with a number of media representatives. 

Prior to revealing the new 2019 Avalon, Stephens delivered a presentation where he introduced the philosophy of the vehicle’s development and its major changes and improvements compared to the previous generation.

“Throughout development we focused on the all-new Avalon being authentic and exhilarating. One of the key components in getting there was the new platform and suspension. These underpinnings allow us to provide an unequaled foundation to deliver the performance that matches the styling and the technology while offering a fine blend of luxury and sportiness in the premium full-size sedan segment,” said Stephens.

Jameel said: “The launch of the new Toyota Avalon 2019 in the Saudi market targets guests who aspire to own a vehicle that combines elegance and sportiness, not to mention the exceptional comfort of the spacious passenger cabin, the exciting entertainment features, and the many safety features that offer the driver and passengers unparalleled levels of fun and excitement.”

During the ceremony, which marked its official launch in the Saudi market, the new 2019 Toyota Avalon was revealed to the attendees and media representatives were invited to test drive the new vehicle.

Adding to its many features, the 2019 Avalon draws upon Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform — an entirely new strategy to the way the company designs, engineers and packages its vehicles, providing a comfortable and stable ride with superior handling characteristics. While retaining Toyota’s traditional values of superlative build quality and safety, the platform injects a fun driving experience that plays on all the senses. In addition, the new multi-link rear suspension allows for the enhancement of many performance attributes, such as a wider rear track, lower center of gravity and an aggressive stance. Drivers can also adjust Avalon’s ride feel with the simple depression of a button — Normal mode prioritizes comfort, while Sport emphasizes handling with tauter, highly responsive footing without diminishing Avalon’s ride suppleness.

The new vehicle’s safety system is complemented with Toyota Safety Sense, an advanced safety technology package that includes Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beam.


Philips brings virtual cardiology network to KSA

Updated 19 February 2019
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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.