Health conference focuses on empowering patients

Cayman’s ninth annual Healthcare Conference got under way Thursday evening, bringing medical professionals from both overseas and local facilities.

The theme of this year’s conference, which is being held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, is “Managing Your Health; The Empowered Patient.”

In a welcoming statement, Minister of Health Dwayne Seymour told delegates, “The aim of the conference is not only to enable the public to leave the conference with a better understanding of what they can do to look after and maintain their health, but also to give our healthcare professionals a platform to engage with and encourage their patients and clients.”

Among the topics being covered at the conference, which will end at lunchtime on Saturday, are the day-to-day management of noncommunicable diseases, understanding when health symptoms indicate a trip to the emergency room, and developments in technology and its impact on healthcare in Cayman.

Speakers at the conference include: Health City Cayman Islands’ Dr. Archita Joshi-Bhatt; Dr. Randy Sallee, chief medical officer at Ironshore Pharmaceuticals; Keith Higgins, chief information officer at Cayman Islands Health Services Authority; Acting Governor Franz Manderson; Dr. Mariam Botros, chief executive officer of Wounds Canada; dermatologist and internist Dr. Gary Sibbald, who is a professor of medicine and public health at the University of Toronto; Annikki Brown, country manager for Generali Worldwide; Shannon Seymour, director and psychologist at The Wellness Centre; James Malicoat, director and consulting executive at Cerner; and Sutton Burke, clinical director at Infinite Mindcare.

The event will feature presentations, workshops and breakout sessions.