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Erbil forum brings top follow-up care to Kurdish cancer patients

Sep 22, 2017 / Agile Global Health

Agile Global Health connects patients everywhere with the care their unique conditions require, including advanced medical technologies and treatments. Right now in Kurdistan, Iraq, one way we’re doing this is by helping cancer patients access certain critical nuclear medicine therapies available in nearby Turkey.

Our Turkish hospital partner in this undertaking, Acibadem Altunizade Hospital of Üsküdar/Istanbul, Turkey, recently paid a visit to Erbil, highlighting the importance of Agile Global Health’s high-quality care management across international borders.

On August 17, 2017, Acibadem Altunizade’s local office in Erbil organized a lunch presentation featuring the hospital’s resident expert Erkan Vardareli, Professor of Nuclear Medicine. Professor Vardareli addressed The Role of Nuclear Medicine in Oncological Disease, including radioactive iodine (RAI) and PET/CT scans – the very treatments Agile helps our Kurdish patients access at Professor Vardareli’s hospital.

“We as Agile Global Health were officially invited for this event, given our major involvement in helping Kurdish thyroid cancer patients seek advanced treatment with these methodologies,” said Emad Salai, Agile Global Health’s Kirkuk Representative. Mr. Salai was joined in representing Agile Global Health by our Regional Manager Moataz Jaleel and Care Consultant Srusht Fouad Mohamed.

Following a luncheon presentation to attendees at Erbil’s Dedeman Hotel, Professer Vardareli met with 18 Kurdish thyroid cancer patients for whom Agile Global Health has managed RAI treatment at Acibadem Altunizade Hospital.

Acibadem Altunizade is a relatively new member of the Acibadem Hospital Group in Turkey, and boasts the country’s most advanced oncology center. Thanks to Agile Global Health’s transnational healthcare management expertise, our Kurdish cancer patients have been among the first to access the advanced nuclear medicine options available at Acibadem Altunizade. And upon our patients’ return home to the Kurdistan region, we continue to coordinate their ongoing care – with local doctors, as well as follow-up opportunities like this one with foreign experts.

“Merely facilitating [medical travel] is not enough,” said Morgan Darwin, Agile Global Health CEO. “Our work is so much more than booking an airline ticket. Agile is internationally recognized for how our comprehensive care management drives superior outcomes across the board, from clinical to financial to patient experience. And what we’re increasingly doing is moving the healthcare industry globally toward swifter, more accurate care delivery, reducing the time from diagnosis to treatment, reducing the cost of care, and reducing the suffering of individuals. We are truly disrupting this market, to the benefit of patients and their families.”

Mr. Salai echoed Mr. Darwin’s comments. “The families of our RAI patients were very thankful for this opportunity to meet with Professor Vardareli,” he said. “This kind of specialized, in-person follow-up with the doctor in charge of these patients’ treatment abroad demonstrates outstanding coordination between Agile Global Health and Acibadem…coordination that benefits patients greatly.”

In the photograph above: Global healthcare manager Agile Global Health, nuclear medicine experts from Acibadem Altunizade Hospital in Turkey, and local doctors, patients, and their families gathered at the Dedeman Hotel in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq last month for a forum on The Role of Nuclear Medicine in Oncological Disease.

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Agile Global Health (operating as A&K Global Health in select countries) is an Agile Health Systems company and a worldwide leader in realizing transparent, affordable, effective and innovative solutions to complex healthcare delivery challenges. We listen to local and national healthcare leaders in every country where we work, and then support their vision to improve their national health system’s accessibility, quality, and clinical outcomes. For patients, we connect you with the right care for your needs, from facilitating quality local and regional treatment to coordinating international medical travel; for healthcare funders and providers, we optimize your organizational impact by introducing transparency, control and customization to the medical, financial and experiential aspects of your clients’ medical journey. Contact us today to learn how we can support you.


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