DHA discusses Dubai Digital Health Strategy with healthcare stakeholders

The Dubai Health Authority held a workshop today at the Emirates Towers in Dubai with more than 100 key healthcare stakeholders, including health providers and technology partners to discuss the Dubai Digital Health Strategy.

The strategy, which is in its finalisation stages, aims to deliver patient-centric and data-driven healthcare services, regulation and integration through digital innovation.

The workshop presented an opportunity to provide a detailed overview of the strategy and an opportunity for stakeholders to provide their feedback prior to the finalisation of the strategy for the health sector of Dubai.

Ahmed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Corporate Shared Support Services Sector at DHA, emphasised that collaboration is a key component for the success of this strategy and that building a digital ecosystem for the health sector is in line with the Emirate’s digitisation strategy that aims to provide the highest quality of services to community members.

Al Nuaimi said, “In Dubai, we are implementing digital transformation across the full spectrum of healthcare, from telemedicine to e-claims, disease surveillance and management, as well as electronic health records and health information exchange. We aim to harness the power of technology to transform the way healthcare services are delivered in Dubai and to provide patients with the highest quality of patient-centered and personalised care.”

Dr. Nahed Monsef, Director of Strategy and Governance Department at DHA, said, “A digital strategy provides a detailed framework to help us achieve digital transformation across all areas of the health sector from healthcare management and processes to patient services, so that we can best utilise technology to further bolster the health system and provide the highest quality of care to our patients. The Dubai Digital Health Strategy will enable and empower the population of Dubai to better manage their health and well-being by establishing connectivity between digital technologies and health related sciences.”

Dr. Mohammad Al Redha, Director of DHA’s Health Informatics and Smart Health Department, said, “A digital strategy in healthcare will benefit the health sector, enhance patient delivery and provide data to plan effective evidence-based population health and disease prevention strategies. At the same time, it will empower patients with digital tools to track their health and wellbeing.”

One such initiative in the pipeline is the NABIDH initiative, which is the electronic medical record initiative for the Emirate of Dubai, that provides patients and their healthcare professionals with access to an electronic medical record. The file provides a complete snapshot of the patient’s medical history and flags allergies. The project is linked to UAE’s Riyati initiative, ensuring that in future every person in the UAE has one electronic medical file.

At the event, 52 hospitals in the Emirate were felicitated for onboarding the NABIDH initiative. This means, presently 100 percent of hospitals in Dubai are integrated with the NABIDH system and by the end of this year, all clinics in the Emirate will also be a part of this system.

Al Redha said that NABIDH enables central storage and secure exchange of patient health information between healthcare professionals.

For patients, it means that their healthcare provider will have one electronic medical file with all their medical reports safety stored and that when the patient moves from one facility to another, the medical file will follow.

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