Dubai: Du unveils Smart Healthcare Programme in UAE


Leading telecommunications operator du has unveiled the Smart Healthcare Programme on UAE Innovation Week at its interactive stands displaying how innovation can help save lives.
 
The Smart Healthcare Programme will address global healthcare issues, including risk of incorrect emergency diagnosis and lack of patient history access, as well as position Dubai as a global E-Health hub, said a statement.
 
The aim of the programme is to use the current and future Smart City infrastructure to embed medical record profiles into every resident’s Emirates ID. 
 
This profile will provide GPS applications for Smart Devices and Emirates ID-enabled chips for real-time access, speeding up the medical emergency response and intervention time to save lives. 
 
The system will enable all medical entities in UAE to be connected to it. Moreover, all UAE entities will have a unified record system based on the E-ID which will save money, improve emergency response, and leverage access to healthcare in the UAE. 
 
Having patients’ medical histories, including previously prescribed medication, allergies, surgery and other medical procedures in one place will lead to savings and better care, helps avoid repetition of prescribed tests and results in overall convenience, leading to increased satisfaction levels.
 
The benefits that this technology can offer are exponential: it has the potential to increase life expectancy by offering intelligent treatment in a timely manner and eliminating the cost of poor medical care quality and wrong medical prescriptions hazards. In addition, the technology will enable patients to be reached regardless of their position using GPS applications enabled on smart wearable devices.
 
Samer Geissah, Vice President - Consumer, New Business and Innovation, said: “We are addressing a global healthcare issue by identifying the root of the cause and offering a tangible and innovative future solution today. Our aim is to become the lifestyle partner of choice for the citizens of the UAE. 
 
"Our business works in tandem with a variety of partners to ensure that the products and services we offer are of the best quality and really add value to life, and we are all set to collaborate with the Ministry of Health and all related authorities to execute the Smart Healthcare Programme, which supports our efforts to position the UAE as a global force across a number of industries and aid in its diversification to a knowledge based economy. 
 
"The newly launched programme will not only position the Emirates as a global leader in the area of health, but also as a front runner in big data assimilation and segregation.”
 
The end to end Smart City Health Applications will be enabled by the world class technology and network infrastructure that the UAE boasts of. Furthermore, the technology will connect hospitals, clinics and pharmacies under one platform to reduce medical hazards from wrong diagnosis, said the statement.
 
Medical record updates will be continuous, updated by authorised doctors and hospitals whenever a patient is admitted to any hospital or clinic across the UAE. 
 
The information that will be collected includes a full blood picture, heart condition, sugar condition, hypertension condition, liver and kidney functions, current medical treatment, allergies and geographic genetic mapping
 

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK