International Healthcare Advocate to Discuss Trends in Prevention, Rejuvenation, and Aftercare

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Patients Beyond Borders Author to Moderate Key Session at 2nd Annual Malaysia International Healthcare Conference

Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, has been selected to moderate a panel discussion at the 2nd annual Malaysia International Healthcare Travel Expo, October 22nd 2013, 9:00-9:45AM, at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The session, entitled “The New Wellness Dialogue: Trends in Prevention, Rejuvenation, and Aftercare in the Clinical Setting” will feature Laszlo Puczko, co-founder of Xellum, Ltd., and author of Health, Tourism, and Hospitality: Wellness, Spas, and Medical Travel; Datin Ramona Suleiman, Advisor, Malaysia National Spa Council; Dato' Dr. B.S. Bains, Chief Consultant Physiotherapist, BainsPhysio; and Lai Kean Li, Head of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tung Shin Hospital. Woodman will kick off the session with a presentation on global trends in wellness and its implications for clinical care in Malaysia.

More than 500 participants from around the globe are expected to attend the event, including key representatives from government agencies, medical facilities, clinics, spa and wellness facilities, insurance companies, tourist boards, travel agencies, and travel providers. The conference, organized by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), an initiative of the Malaysian Ministry of Health, is a forum for healthcare and travel stakeholders to share information and ideas on medical and wellness travel in Malaysia and throughout the region.

Other key speakers include Jeremy Abbate, publishing director of Scientific American’s Worldview, and travel journalist luminary Peter Greenberg of CBS News and PBS’ The Travel Detective.

Malaysia has seen medical tourism skyrocket in recent years, with more than 670,000 patient visits in 2012, representing revenue of RM594 million. Malaysia’s cultural compatibility with Indonesian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and English-speaking patients, combined with its reputation as a value destination for quality healthcare, is driving this growth.

Woodman is penning the Patients Beyond Borders: Malaysia Second Edition, which will update readers on dozens of new facilities and medical specialties available to the health traveler. A new chapter on wellness and spa travel options in Malaysia will inform readers on Malaysia’s robust offerings for the wellness traveler. The book is slated for publication in 2014, in print, digital, and mobile formats.

“Malaysia remains one of the world’s top 10 medical travel destinations,” says Woodman. “Malaysia continues to build out its healthcare infrastructure, adding new medical facilities and specialties, wellness and spa destinations, and offerings for retirement and long-term care.”

As the author of Patients Beyond Borders, the bestselling consumer guide to medical tourism Woodman has spent more than eight years touring 200 medical facilities in 30 countries, researching contemporary medical tourism. The cofounder of MyDailyHealth and Ventana Communications, with a pioneering background in health, wellness, and Web technology, Woodman has compiled a wealth of information about global health travel, telemedicine, and new developments in consumer and institutional medical care. He has lectured at the UCLA School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Duke Fuqua School of Business, and has chaired and keynoted conferences on medical tourism and global healthcare in 16 countries. Woodman has emerged as an outspoken advocate of global consumer healthcare and medical travel.

About Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) was established under the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH), bringing together the nation's dual heritage of hospitality and medical innovation, and highlighting Malaysia as the preferred healthcare travel destination in the region. As an initiative under MOH, MHTC’s ultimate purpose is to promote and position Malaysia as a unique destination for world-class healthcare services.

Contact: Kavitha Mathuvay
Tel: +60 3 2283.1013
Email: kavitha(at)mhtc(dot)org(dot)my

About Patients Beyond Borders

Patients Beyond Borders, based in Chapel Hill, NC, publishes books, eBooks, video, online, mobile, and social networking information and applications for healthcare consumers seeking the best global options in medical care. Its flagship international title, Patients Beyond Borders, soon to be published in its Third Edition, is the world’s leading consumer reference guide for medical tourism. Country Editions, City Editions, and Facility Editions help healthcare consumers make informed choices in searching, vetting, and obtaining safe, high-quality, affordable healthcare around the world. Patients Beyond Borders has grown into the leading source of information for patients seeking global options in high-quality, affordable medical care.

For more information or media queries, please contact:
Anne Robertson
Tel: +1 919 924.0636
Email: arobertson(at)patientsbeyondborders(dot)com

Note: Qualified members of the media are invited to request a review copy of Patients Beyond Borders: Second Edition, Patients Beyond Borders: Malaysia Edition, or any other title from our library. Please contact: arobertson(at)patientsbeyondborders(dot)com.

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