The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) concluded today the two-day Interactive Health Forum known as ‘Dubai Health… Towards the Future’, at Madinat Jumeirah to discuss the development of the Dubai Heath Strategy.
More than 90 healthcare professionals from the government and private sector including hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical industry, health insurance, medical equipment and technology firms etc. attended the forum.
HE Humaid Obaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board of the DHA thanked members of the public and private health sector for their participation and reiterated the importance of regular engagement programs and cooperation between the private and public health sector.
Sessions discussed various aspects of healthcare and health professionals highlighted the importance of the development of integrated healthcare including prevention and primary healthcare, rehabilitative and long term-patient care and home-based services.
Doctors also discussed the need for massive outreach programs, policies and processes to educate the public about healthy choices as a frontline measure to curb the problem of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and obesity that are primarily linked to unhealthy food choices and lack of regular exercise.
Health professionals highlighted that this is not only the responsibility of the health sector and thus efforts are needed to rope in all the concerned stakeholders to develop a holistic approach to tackle the burden of non-communicable diseases.
The need for further private-public partnerships and evaluation of services to ensure more hospitals provide specialised and super specialised services in the Emirate was also discussed.
Third phase to involve the community in Dubai
Al Qatami, said: “ We will soon launch the third phase of stakeholder engagement program which is for the community in Dubai and is open to everyone who is keen to give us their opinion and feedback. Health is a basic fundamental need and we consider the opinion of our community members as vital input for the development of the health strategy because the aim of the strategy is to provide them with excellent preventive, curative and rehabilitative services.”
Over the next three to four months, the DHA team will evaluate all the comments and feedback from all concerned stakeholders which is considered an input towards the development of the Dubai Health Strategy.
Once the strategy is implemented, it will applicable until 2021, with regular updates every few years.
DHA launches DubaiRoboDoc at the forum.
During the forum, the DHA launched the DubaiRoboDoc which is a robot that uses telemedicine to provide distance healthcare management. This is the first time this technology is being used in Dubai and the Middle-East.
The DubaiRoboDoc is a robot that is able to move to different areas within a facility and has features such as cameras, microphones and speakers that allow physicians and patients to see and talk to each other.
The DubaiRoboDoc was recently placed at Hatta Hospital’s emergency department and the receiver has been placed in Rashid Hospital’s emergency department so that Rashid Hospital specialists can discuss treatment plans with physicians at Hatta Hospital for cases that require high level of care or during emergencies.
Remote presence robot is the latest technology in healthcare that allows physicians to offer long-distance medical advice. This helps expand access to medical specialists in remote areas and is extremely helpful in emergency cases when every minute is crucial.