Etisalat, HAAD work on Abu Dhabi’s health

Pair to partner on developing mHealth programmes

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Etisalat, HAAD work on Abu Dhabi’s health Etisalat and the Health Authority Abu Dhabi have signed a MoU to develop mobile and electronic health services.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 19, 2011

Telecom operator Etisalat and Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop mobile and electronic heath services.

The two organisations will share ideas and expertise to implement and develop the community-wide programme, called ‘Weqaya' which will address health issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The MoU was signed by Jamal Al Nuaimi, group CEO of Etisalat, and Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of HAAD.

"Etisalat is delighted to partner with HAAD in our unswerving commitment to offer new age m-Health and e-Health solutions. At Etisalat, we believe that it is critical for telecom leaders to harness the benefits that mobile technology can bring to healthcare, in both sociological and economic terms. Our collaboration with HAAD will aim to build on each other's skills in analyzing and interpreting the Weqaya data, and eventually design and implement a holistic patient support programme, which will encompass proactive patient reminders, disease information sharing, patient awareness and medical education solutions through innovative m-Health and e-Health applications," said Al Nuaimi.

Weqaya is designed to be a secure, confidential and accurate personalised health data and information service which will help patients in Abu Dhabi and will be implemented in conjunction with a service offering everyday health tips.

The collaboration will also be working towards implementing disease management programmes for those affected by, or at risk from cardio-vascular diseases. Heart disease is currently the UAE's number one cause of death.

"With 71% of the population at risk of cardio-vascular disease, and a projected increase of 940 cardio-vascular disease deaths per year by 2020, it is pertinent for the government and the health professionals to develop new and innovative ways to tackle such medical challenges for the welfare of the community. Through our strategic association with Etisalat, we endeavour to develop innovative m-health and e-health solutions towards enabling preventive care and proactive disease management. HAAD aims to create a well-knit and integrated patient care ecosystem that combines critical elements such as patient education, healthcare support systems and timely healthcare delivery," said Al Siksek.

Both HAAD and Etisalat will also partner with local health experts and a number of key international healthcare and technology providers to develop the Weqaya programme.

"Working with Etisalat gives us access to cutting-edge mHealth and eHealth technology and a suite of international partners.  For our part, HAAD has a number of collaborations with international bodies all of whom are keen to see how the processes in Abu Dhabi can be used as examples of global best practice," said Dr Oliver Harrison, HAAD director Public Health and Policy.

2775 days ago
Vinod Mehra

Etisalat reach, backbone and HAAD credibility is a formula for success. But is the local demography ready for remote health practices ?

Has any study been done to explore the acceptability for such critical services in the local demography ?

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