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Dubai’s DHA prepares to launch Smart Personal Medical File

Al Maidoor reviews the latest healthcare-technology innovations during his recent visit to the USA.

A Dubai Health Authority (DHA) delegation headed by HE Eng. Essa Al-Maidoor, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) participated in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference and exhibition that was held in the USA.

The HIMSS conference is considered amongst the finest gatherings of information technology specialists working in the field of smart health solutions.

Al Maidoor said: that “Dubai is making great strides towards transforming its services to smart government services, mentioning the DHA’s plans to launch the Smart Personal Medical File and complete all smart solutions projects by the end of 2017.”

Al Maidoor further spoke on this project saying that it stems from the DHA’s plan to implement smart solutions in the health sector.

He said: “DHA is working towards comprehensive smart solutions in the healthcare field from management, lab work, digital archiving etc.”

Furthermore, the Director General added: that “The presence of over 1300 companies in the accompanying exhibition allows the Authority to examine the latest medical practices.”

More than 250 non-profit health-related organizations and 600 healthcare institutions participated in the HIMSS conference.

A number of specialist smart solution providers working in the field of comprehensive smart solutions for patient e-medical files, met with Al Maidoor, on the side-lines of the exhibition, as the DHA plans to develop its existing system to be one of the smartest in the world. The delegation also visited the largest providers of community healthcare systems, with the aim of building a detailed health database for all the patient’s residing in Dubai.

The delegation visited a number of kiosks during the exhibition to review the latest innovations, amongst which were: a digital display allowing in-patients to select the choice of dietary foods that will be prepared for them by dietary experts as per their conditions.

The delegation also visited existing smart hospitals with an aim to see how such smart services can be implemented at DHA hospitals, and to review latest innovative solutions for the smart archiving of digital photos, which began in the DHA in 2007. Thanks to the continues development of technology, digital photos can now be viewed by physicians via smart applications without the need for the physician to be physically present.

Al Maidoor stressed on the importance of establishing a comprehensive healthcare database as it plays a vital role in positively changing the habits and lifestyles of people and society.

Al Maidoor said: that “A recent US study showed that 70 per cent of medical practitioners use smart apps in their practices. He praised the Dubai leadership in successfully creating a smart society capable of using this technology to a point where it becomes a way of life across the UAE.”

The DHA has recently launched a large number of smart apps that it continues to update, and is planning on launching even more specialized apps with the aim of building a safe and happy society by providing smart technologies that serve patients and physicians alike.

Accompanying Al Maidoor on his US trip are Dr. Manal Taryam, CEO of Primary Healthcare Sector and Head of the Smart Services Committee, Amani Al Jassmi, Director of DHA IT Department, Dr Mohammad Al Redha, Director Health Data and Information Analysis Department, Naeema Hassan Al Balooshi, Acting Head of Corporate Applications Section, Ameera Al Sheiban, Senior Systems Analyst and Nadia Al-Marzouqi, member of the Smart Pharmacy Committee.