30 Nov With INTERCOM as PCO, 9th Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Scientific Session Ends in Great Success
The curtain fell on the 9th Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Session hosted by the APHRS and organized by the local organizing committee of the 9th APHRS after it successfully ran for four days from Oct. 12 to 15 at COEX in Seoul with 2,800 participants involved in arrhythmia from 45 countries including 520 world-renowned speakers coming together.
Established mainly by Korea, the APHRS has 16 member countries and it has been holding an annual APHRS Scientific Session since 2008.
The APHRS Scientific Session is an annual meeting for arrhythmia experts to share the latest medical knowledge of heart rhythm disorder which has globally increased in the frequency and variety of new cases, and to take the overall medical technology for arrhythmia treatment to a higher level. The annual session usually brings together around 2,500 experts in relevant fields from 40 countries to exchange information. The APHRS has now become the largest Heart Rhythm Scientific Session in the Asia Pacific region, matching up to the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) in America and the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) in Europe.
In particular, this year’s APHRS Scientific Session was held in Korea for the second time after APHRS 2010 took place in Jeju, reflecting Korea’s high academic standard and active participation in international conferences. APHRS 2016 in Seoul was a platform to promote Korea’s outstanding medical standard on an international level and enhance the country’s position as a global medical powerhouse.
Under the slogan of “Sharing, Inspiring, and Blooming,” this year’s APHRS tried new attempts to seek balanced development and clinical improvement among domestic and international medical teams and experts; i.e., the Breakfast with Master, the Anatomy Session, and “Help me, Master!” were held to boost discussion and interaction. Particularly, world-renowned scholars were invited to share their experience and knowledge, and arrhythmia professionals from resource-limited countries came together for the Step-up Session to explore how to bridge the gap with advanced medicine, providing an opportunity for Korea and other Asian countries to take a step forward together.
In an effort to provide an open and free platform for participants to seek truth, the official attire of the 9th APHRS was business casual with no tie, sneakers were distributed to participants as a gift, and name badges were made in rope tie form serving as souvenir for participants to remember APHRS 2016 for many years to come. Moreover, there was a session room filled with bean bag chairs, while some podium had no tables for session chairs to create an interactive environment.
Furthermore, the 9th APHRS featured Farhana Nakhooda, director of Healthcare and Social Services at IBM Asia Pacific as a keynote speaker during the opening ceremony to offer a chance to examine not only relevant topics but also social issues facing the world such as the current level of artificial intelligence technology and its future impact on medicine. Her speech also inspired all participants to think about how the technology and medicine could coexist.
For more details, visit the official website of APHRS 2016: www.aphrs2016.com.