Dubai begins move towards smart hospitals
Dubai, August 20, 2013
Hospital beds and waiting areas of all Dubai Health Authority (DHA) hospitals, primary health centres and specialty health centres will be equipped with android tablets, said a top official.
“The DHA has chalked out a roadmap towards total IT solutions that will significantly enhance not only customer experience but also the manner in which healthcare is delivered and managed,” said Essa Al Maidoor, director-general of the DHA.
“The deployment of android tablets across DHA healthcare entities is the first step in our plan to build ‘smart hospitals’ that will be integrated with the latest IT technology to enhance customer experience. Customer care is at the heart of the Dubai Health Strategy 2013-2025 and these initiatives are aimed to improve the user experience of patients.”
Al Maidoor said that the DHA IT roadmap includes the Electronic Medical Records system, the Health Information System and Smart Hospitals.
“We are looking at a time-frame of 2 to 3 years to implement total IT solutions, but once implemented, these three initiatives that will help the Authority manage not only the present but also the future needs of the health sector.”
In terms of the android tablets initiative, Al Maidoor said that it serves several purposes - it is recreational, it is not static and can be constantly updated, it is an excellent tool for health promotion as it provides patients with information on their health and wellbeing and can also be used as a tool to generate patient feedback in a quick and efficient manner.
He said the Authority will use these tablets to generate customer feedback with an aim to further improve the health services it provides.
Al Maidoor said that the initiative is in cooperation with Fam Holdings. The company will sponsor android tablets across DHA healthcare entities.
Three thousand Android tablets will be provided for waiting areas of all 14 DHA primary healthcare centres, its specialty centres and its hospitals. This includes 784 beds in Rashid Hospital, 712 beds in Dubai Hospital, 448 beds in Latifa Hospital and 119 beds in Hatta Hospital that will be equipped with android tablets.
The Authority plans to add more tablets throughout its network of healthcare services in the later stages of this project.
Dr Faisal Ali Mousa, chairman of Fam Holding in Dubai said: “Patients will be able to browse information that is useful for them. This includes all DHA services, pharmacy services and other health services such as physiotherapy and rehabilitation services. They will also be able to browse the internet which will be provided through the Wi-Fi network. The project will take a month to complete and will significantly enhance patient experience.”
This year, at leading educational show Gitex, the DHA plans to introduce several more features in its existing Smartphone apps, this includes the ability to view prescriptions, get prescription alerts etc.
The new features also include details about healthcare packages available for the public including women’s health, smoking packages and diabetes packages- all of which can be requested for through the smartphones. – TradeArabia News Service
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