February 2016

DHA Health Data Goes Big With Two New Initiatives

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Dubai Health Authority has announced two smart initiatives which will integrate all 2,700 public and private health-care facilities in Dubai, providing a single electronic file for each resident.

Launched in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the two initiatives - Salama and NABIDH - will power a new health record database that will become the largest integrated patient information system in the Middle East by 2018.

The first initiative, Salama, will establish an unified electronic medical record system for patients across all public health hospitals, primary care facilities and other medical facilities across Dubai. Its sister initiative, NABIDH, will extend this medical record across all private hospitals, creating the first fully integrated patient record.

Shared patient data between public and private hospitals, primary care facilities and emergency services will lead to dramatic improvements in patient care as doctors and first responders benefit from instant access to patient records, meaning correct diagnosis and treatment plans will be delivered in record time informed by patient’s medical histories.

The database also links hospital data to emergency response services, meaning first responders have instant access to hospital records such as the available number of ICU beds at the nearest hospitals during an emergency situation.

“Once the NABIDH system is fully functional, instead of the patient chasing the big data, the big data will follow the patient around. So, for instance, if there is an outbreak of food poisoning, the health care and municipal authorities will be alert to follow the pattern and know from where the cases are being reported. In case of a public accident like a fire or an automobile accident the ambulance will know exactly how many ICU beds are available in which hospital and, depending on the severity of the injuries, give priority to emergency patients, sending them to the closest available bed,” said Dr Mohammad Abdul Qader Al Redha, Director of Health Data and Information Analysis at DHA.

Health Data is an essential component to Dubai’s data initiative, with insights from health data delivering significant benefits to patients and doctors, while shared health data means healthcare delivery is more seamless and efficient — a critical component to ensuring personal safety and quality of life for all individuals.

The Dubai Health Authority is a valued strategic partner of Smart Dubai and a pioneer of the Dubai Data initiative, unlocking insights from Dubai data benefiting everyone.