DHA plans for healthy smart city

Dubai Health Authority is developing a wide range of smart apps and services to support the Smart City strategy and create a healthy future for nationals and residents

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DHA plans for healthy smart city Amani AlJassmi, IT Director, Dubai Health Authority (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 8, 2016

One of the most robust areas for investment for the healthcare sector is technology, with a focus on improving health and saving lives, and although much of this focus has been on medical advancements, data and ICT plays an important role too, both in healthcare itself and in the delivery, management and operations of services. With the rise of digital solutions, and the emergence of new opportunities from data gathering, analytics, connectivity and other IT innovations, the healthcare sector is seeing a new, smarter future ahead.

Healthcare is an important part of Dubai’s smart plans, and DHA is working towards the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE: “I want to deliver healthcare services to people wherever they are, and I do not want any citizen to suffer in this aspect as it is the government’s duty to reach people at any time and in any place and provide medical treatment with the same quality we provide in other government services.”

Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), has put a greater focus on smart healthcare solutions, and aligning DHA to Dubai’s Smart City Plan.

DHA is responsible for the healthcare system in the emirate, overseeing public hospitals, speciality centres and primary health care centres (PHC), and it also oversees policies, strategy and management of the healthcare system.

DHA’s vision is to develop an integrated and sustainable healthcare system that ensures delivery of comprehensive and excellent services to achieve the highest international standards in the health of individuals and community.

Leading the ICT part of DHA’s drive to a smart future is the Information Technology Department Director, Ms. Amani AlJassmi. Since joining DHA in 2014, AlJassmi has taken a lead role in aligning IT strategy with the organisation’s overall aims, and in developing the ICT roadmap to support this. She has also drawn up the DHA’s smart city plan.

“Dubai Health Authority’s aim is to provide a smart, accessible, effective and integrated healthcare system, protect public health and improve the quality of life within the Emirate. This is a direct translation of the objectives of the Dubai Strategic Plan, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” AlJassmi explained.

“With this strategic plan in mind, DHA defines its key mission as ensuring access to health services, maintaining and improving the quality of these services, improving the health status of nationals, residents and visitors and overseeing a dynamic, efficient and innovative health sector.”

The key project for DHA’s digital transformation, which will form a core of further smart programs, is the Salama Electronic Medical (EMR) Record System. Before the Salama project was initiated in May 2015, DHA had a health information system, however, it was not a completely electronic solution, as clinical data and findings are still held in paper records.

The aim for Salama is to create a single digital record for each individual patient, which can then be accessed in any public sector health facility in Dubai, and in future the same record will also integrate with the National Unified Medical Record (NUMR) initiative.

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