IHF's Telehealth Special Interest Group aims to create exclusive thought-leadership products on the use of telehealth in hospitals, raising awareness amongst the IHF’s Members (and beyond) on the imperatives and advantages of harnessing digital technology in healthcare systems.

In this Episode, Ed Percy, HHS Vice President EMEA, Teladoc Health, sat down with Sonia Roschnik and Dr Hesham Abdelghaffar to shed light on the role of telemedicine in the transition to net-zero healthcare. They discussed opportunities, challenges, and practical implications for hospital leaders of using telemedicine to reduce the carbon footprint of their hospitals.


Hospital & Health Systems (EMEA), Teladoc Health

Ed Percy

Vice President

Ed is the Vice President leading the Teladoc Health business for Hospitals and Health Systems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Teladoc Health is...


Hospital & Health Systems (EMEA), Teladoc Health

Ed Percy

Vice President

Ed is the Vice President leading the Teladoc Health business for Hospitals and Health Systems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Teladoc Health is the leading Telemedicine business in the world, virtualising care in many countries around the globe, notably in stroke, critical care, neonatal care and behavioural health. The transformational nature of virtual care has great significance for patients, clinicians and health systems. Across this extensive territory Ed uses his network and deep knowledge of healthcare to advance the transformation agenda.

Sonia Roschnik

Sonia Roschnik

Executive Director | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Sonia provides strategic leadership, with responsibility for the development and implementation of the Geneva Sustainability Centre’s vision, goals and workplan, and management of its operations.

The American University in Cairo

Dr Hesham Abdelghaffar

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Hesham Abdelghaffar has over 25 years of experience leading Healthtech businesses throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, during which he founded and built three thriving tech ventures in the US, Egypt, and KSA. He played a crucial role as a founding member of HTTT_MENA, a leading regional think tank dedicated to developing and sponsoring innovative ideas and disruptive business models in Healthtech with particular interest in implementations of AI, Big Data and Block Chains in Healthcare sector.

Currently, Dr. Abdelghaffar serves as the Founder and Senior Partner at MenaGurus, a prominent angel investment group that specializes in funding Tech startups in the MENA region. Previously, he held the esteemed position of Executive Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the Middle East and Africa for the Wadhwani Foundation, a California- based US foundation focused on supporting entrepreneurship, skills development, and AI for social impact. Dr. Abdelghaffar has also served as the Managing Director of the Kharafi Group of Kuwait, Polaroid MENA Dubai UAE, and has co-founded several Healthtech Public-Private Partnerships with Egypt's government, aiming to bridge the digital divide in the local healthcare sector.

Dr. Abdelghaffar has an extensive experience as a University Professor: he currently serves as the Head of the Health Administration and Informatic Technology Department at the College of Applied Health Science Technology in Misr University for Science and Technology (MUST). Additionally, the holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Management at the American University in Cairo (AUC) where he teaches wide range of courses, including Information driven healthcare, Health informatics, Healthcare Leadership and governance, organization behavior and culture, strategic planning, Creative entrepreneurship and change management across AUC School of Business, School of Science and Engineering and School of Continuing Education.

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