Dubai health authority has launched a series of virtual forums this week, in line with the UAE’s Innovation Month (UAE Innovates 2021).
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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) holds a series of virtual forums to mark UAE Innovates 2021 initiative.
Awadh Al Ketbi, the DHA Director-General, emphasised on the importance of fostering and promoting a culture of innovation, particularly in the health sector.
He added: “Leveraging focus on research, new technologies, innovation and data analytics has a huge potential to advance health care to benefit both health-care providers and patients.”
He noted the DHA will continue to focus on health-care innovation to further advance the health sector and provide patient-centred care. Senior DHA officials, including Dr Alawi Alsheikh Ali, Deputy Director-General, and Dr Mohammed Al Redha, Director of Project Management Office, Informatics and Smart Health, attended the virtual forum.
DHA’s Doctor for Every Citizen telemedicine service has provided 88,000 telemedicine consultations since January 2020. Out of the total consultations, 7,251 were medical consultations for COVID-19 patients and 13,437 were COVID-related consultations such as queries on vaccination eligibility, screening procedures etc.
The DHA launched the 24/7 Doctor for Every Citizen initiative in 2019. Given the importance of this service, especially for COVID-19 patients, the authority expanded the scope and capacity of this service.
Meanwhile, Dr Ali Al Sayed, Director of the Pharmaceutical Services Department at the DHA, highlighted the success of the DAWAEE initiative for home delivery of medicines. DAWAEE is an initiative to home-deliver medications for DHA patients, senior citizens and for people of determination.
DHA also participated in a global study conducted by experts at the University of Birmingham-led NIHR Global Research Health Unit on Global Surgery. The research examined the outcomes of patients undergoing surgery after contracting coronavirus.
Moreover, the DHA Medical Education Department also collaborated with Khalifa University and Sharjah University in the field of medical research.