King Abdul Aziz Medical City a pioneer in heart disease treatment

Dr. Abdulmohsen Almusaad
Updated 09 October 2019

King Abdul Aziz Medical City a pioneer in heart disease treatment

King Abdul Aziz Medical City for Health Affairs in Riyadh recently witnessed several complex arrhythmia ablation procedures including hereditary and acquired ventricular arrhythmia, both of which have high mortality rates. 

The procedure uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats. 

The operations were performed under the direct supervision of Dr. Abdulmohsen Almusaad, consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at King Abdul Aziz Medical City.

“Performing such complex procedures constitutes an important strategic transformation for King Abdul Aziz Medical City in terms of the role such surgeries can play in reducing the suffering of heart patients,” said Dr. Almusaad.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today is confidently forging toward its medical renaissance, especially in the treatment of heart disease, and in this regard it is the first in the Middle East. King Abdul Aziz Medical City is exerting strenuous efforts to provide safe treatments for patients with cardiac conditions and endeavors to keep pace with the latest medical technologies in this field. Such medical achievements come at a time when the Kingdom is witnessing significant transformations in the context of its medical renaissance inspired by the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030,” he added.

The technology of the EnSite Precision Navx System (3D Mapping) for Cardiac Foci Mapping as well as other technologies such as the HD Grid Diagnostic Mapping Catheter introduced by Abbott Medical contributed to the success of all the operations hitherto performed, including those for cases of “sudden death syndrome” and Brugada syndrome, which were performed for the first time in the Middle East. World Heart Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 29 every year, was observed this year under the motto “My Heart ... Your Heart.”

STC first in MENA to join GSMA APAC IoT Partnership Program

Updated 26 May 2020

STC first in MENA to join GSMA APAC IoT Partnership Program

The STC Group has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the GSMA to join the GSMA Asia Pacific (APAC) IoT Partnership Program, one of the most extensive Internet of Things (IoT) communities worldwide. By signing this memo, the STC Group becomes the first mobile network operator region wide to be a part of the program.

The GSMA is an industry organization that globally represents the interests of mobile network operators and the broader ecosystem. The GSMA APAC IoT Partnership Program brings together around 500 partners to coordinate efforts and discuss best practices on the development of IoT technologies.

Dimitris G. Lioulias, STC’s strategy vice president, said: “This partnership will reinforce the STC Group’s strategy of building a strong IoT ecosystem and provide our partners and customers with first-class IoT solutions. Bringing this program to our region will facilitate the sharing of best practices and leverage the collective capabilities for the benefit of our society.”

“With our operations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as all our local affiliates who operate in many areas and technology environments, we will be closely working with the GSMA, and all the members and partners, for building a solid platform of collaboration around digitization, IoT, 5G as well all the strategic issues that enhance our positioning and leadership within our respective countries,” said Faisal Al-Dughaither, synergy general manager, STC Group.

“We welcome the STC Group, the first MENA mobile network operator, to join our APAC IoT Partnership Program,” said David Turkington, head of technology, GSMA Asia Pacific. 

“Innovative IoT solutions have massive potential and promise to transform societies and economies. The STC Group’s leadership will strongly support IoT adoption across the region,” he added.

The Saudi telecom giant is increasingly relying on frontier technologies such as IoT, cloud computing and cybersecurity, to drive its business and sustain its social impact.

The GSMA APAC IoT Partnership Program includes more than 36 mobile operators. The program brings operators and their partners together, including developers, manufacturers and system integrators to share best practices, discuss challenges and progress updates on the development of IoT across the region. APAC has the largest IoT market in the world and is expected to reach 11 billion connections by 2025 and be worth $386 billion, according to GSMA Intelligence.

The APAC region is the fastest-growing IoT market in the world, accounting for approximately 40 percent of the total global IoT spend in 2018.