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UAE Health News: October 2008

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This page aims to keep my students in the Health Administration program at University of Sharjah updated with the latest news & changes related to the UAE health care system & its environment.....News in Arabic.

Dubai Drafts Burn Victims Rights Bill
the Plastic Surgery Society of the Emirates Medical Association is working on the Bill of Rights for the last one year and has invited the chairman of the humanitarian medicine committee of WHO to Dubai on October 26 to discuss the Bill and to take part in the conference being held as part of the Weeks activities....  For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/

Why is our first stop for healthcare the airport? by Ihsan al Marzouqi
Were starting to hear it almost weekly: another world-class clinic has opened, a government hospital obtains accreditation, reforms and changes in the healthcare system are on the way. It seems that the property boom is not limited to commercial and residential offerings. But are any of these healthcare institutions really any good? I have my doubts. And judging by the growing number of UAE nationals seeking treatment abroad, Im not the only one. Shiny new buildings simply wont do it.  For More : http://www.thenational.ae/

The City Hospital in Dubai Healthcare City officially opens
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai officially opened recently the City Hospital - the first multi-disciplinary hospital in Dubai Healthcare City. The City Hospital will provide patients with expertise in a variety of specialist areas that include cardiology and cardiac surgery, dentistry, dermatology, ENT, family medicine, general practice, internal medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, endocrinology, vascular surgery ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics and neonatology, pulmonology, plastic surgery, nephrology, anesthesia, gastroenterology, breast surgery, radiology, urology, intensive care unit and emergency department. The City Hospital is managed by EHL Management Services (formerly known as Welcare World Health Systems), a joint venture between the South African private hospital group, Medi-Clinic Corporation, the Dubai based Varkey Group and GE.  For more : http://www.ameinfo.com/

Road accidents number one cause of accidental deaths amongst UAE children
Ministry of Health data unveiled that road and traffic accidents are the number one cause of childhood death in the UAE ...... Speaking on behalf of the Dubai Health Authority, Dr. Fatima Al Attar, Specialist S.R. Family Physician Head of Community Program Section- PHC, said: 'Overall, 6,146 children in the UAE were involved in different accidents between 2001 and 2007, many of which could have been prevented with proper care from parents and children themselves. Together we hope to give parents the ability to understand what constitutes safe behavior and act in their children's best interest when driving or allowing them to play near roads. The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi also reported in 2007 that the UAE currently has the highest rate of road death in the world, in spite of modern cars, good roads and good driving conditions....  For more : http://www.ameinfo.com/

Sharjah GDP grows 13.2% at Dh 68.4 billion in 2007
According to Al-Bayan newspaper (October 23, 2008), Mr. Ali bin Salem Al-Mahmoud, General manager of the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD), said that the overall GDP of the emirate of Sharjah amounted to Dh 68.4 billion in 2007, a 13.2% growth as compared to figures of 2006, according to federal statistical data.

Sharjah Teaching Hospital Selects Healthcare Communications Solution from Nortel
When the new Sharjah Teaching Hospital begins accepting patients in 2009, A clinical-grade healthcare communications solution from Nortel will be used for the diagnosis and treatment, train future healthcare professionals and manage costs. This solution promises to give physicians rapid access when and where they need it to diagnostic information from MRIs, CAT scans, ultrasounds and mammograms. It also promises to help administrators manage hospital and patient costs with access to business and clinical information.

The solution for this 210-bed facility will provide a staff of 700 health professionals with both high bandwidth and mobile access to clinical information management systems and diagnostic images. "Under the guidance of His Highness, Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the objective of the hospital is to provide world-class training facilities for the next generation of health professionals while providing excellent healthcare to the Sharjah community," said Philip Robinson, chief information officer, Sharjah Teaching Hospital. "Nortel technology will allow us to deliver high-quality patient care through faster, more efficient access to information, allowing our doctors to be more responsive to patients' clinical needs through better access to laboratory results and diagnostic images," Robinson said. "Nortel healthcare solutions deliver the advanced unified communications, services and clinical applications to help hospitals deliver safe, timely and patient-centric care," said Ramin Attari, vice president and managing director, Nortel Middle East. "Our solution plays a central role in delivering top quality medical services by empowering staff with communications-enabled clinical support in a highly-responsive and trusted environment."

In addition to being a place where patients can expect high-quality care, Sharjah Teaching Hospital will also be a major teaching resource for medical, dental and pharmacy colleges at the University of Sharjah. Located adjacent to the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, its Nortel healthcare communications solution will provide students with secure access to clinical notes, schedules and health information from anywhere on campus, allowing them to study and to participate in various learning experiences regardless of location.

Nortel's energy-efficient wired and wireless data networking will also help Sharjah Teaching Hospital manage costs and reduce environmental impact. Third-parties have shown that Nortel's data networking products provide up to 20 times the performance and seven times the resiliency of competitive solutions while consuming up to 40 percent less energy and costing up to 50 percent less to own and operate.

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health Selects Cerner to Automate Healthcare Processes
Cerner Millennium solutions will be implemented at 14 hospitals and 60 clinics Patients and clinicians at Ministry of Health (MoH)Ministry of Health (MoH) Ministry of Health - UAE MOH UAE | Government News | Profile | Officers hospitals and clinics in United Arab Emirates (UAE) Northern Emirates soon will benefit from a fundamental change in the way they receive healthcare. MoHMoH Ministry of Health - UAE MOH UAE | Government News | Profile | Officers facilities will be implementing healthcare information technology (HIT) systems from Cerner Corporation (NASADQ: CERN) that are designed to improve patient care and the way doctors and nurses do their jobs. Fourteen hospitals and 60 clinics will implement a suite of Cerner Millennium solutions to optimize and automate paper-based processes. iCapital, a UAE-based company and consortium lead, will serve as the prime contractor for the implementations. More: http://www.zawya.com/story.cfm/

Integrated healthcare database takes shape

The UAE has moved closer to implementing a health information database that would be linked through computers across all emirates, giving doctors and nurses electronic access to patient medical records at the touch of a button. This month, the Ministry of Health signed a Dh300 million (US$82m) contract for an electronic records system, called Wareed, in the Northern Emirates. The ministry said it would take three to five years to complete.

Abu Dhabi has already begun developing its own healthcare information system, which is being built by the same group of companies behind Wareed.  Integrated healthcare database takes shape. More: http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081019/NATIONAL/888073696/1010

UAE to build unified health database
The health authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will build a unified health database in the coming years that will provide physicians and patients with equal access in the Gulf country, local newspaper Khaleej Times reported on Wednesday. The UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) will build the database named Hospital Information System (HIS) in phases, according to the report.

HIS will link all 14 MoH hospitals and 68 affiliated clinics across Dubai and the northern Emirates by October 2011 in the first phase, and will include private hospitals at a later stage. "This is a pioneering project ... and is in line with the world's most advanced public healthcare regimes," health minister Humaid Al Quttami was quoted as saying.

With HIS, MoH physicians will gain access to patient records after being given a smart card/finger scan or a secure password, while patients can access their records through the ministry's web portal by using a dedicated password. The database will also eliminate the need for patients to visit hospitals frequently as patients and physicians can communicate online through the system. From: http://news.xinhuanet.com/

Healthcare Travel Exhibition to discuss hospital accreditation links to medical tourism
The role of hospital accreditation in relation to the medical tourism sector will be considered carefully at the Healthcare Travel Exhibition & Congress 2008 to be held November 2-4 in Dubai's Al Bustan Rotana Hotel. Having international accreditation is seen by many as an important asset in any hospital's ability to attract medical tourists. Joint Commission International (JCI) offers hospitals the opportunity to meet American standards. However, Dr. Derick Pasternak, JCI's Middle East Managing Director stated that although a factor, medical tourism isn't a major consideration for healthcare providers looking to become accredited. More: http://www.ameinfo.com/

ETA InfoTech to present cutting edge IT Products & Solutions at GITEX Dubai 2008
ETA InfoTech, the IT arm of Dubai-based US$ 5.6 billion ETA Ascon Star Group, will showcase for the first time its flagship Products & Solutions in the fields of Healthcare, Education and Banking at Gitex Dubai 2008, running from October 19to 23. ETA InfoTechs stand at Gitex Dubai 2008 will be located at D640 in Hall 6 of Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, where 12 flagship products of the company will be displayed. ETA InfoTech provides high-end products and solutions in ERP, Banking, Fleet Management & GPS based Tracking, Driving School Management, School and College Management, Content Technology & e-Learning, Business Intelligence, Healthcare, CRM and Video Conferencing ...  More: http://www.eyeofdubai.com/

Child Safety Seats will Become a Must Soon
Having child safety seats in cars will be mandatory soon and parents who flout this while driving with children would face fines and other penalties, the Roads and Transport Authority said on Thursday. For more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com

Healthcare fees to surge, industry warns
Medical patients across the Gulf are being hit by increasing healthcare fees as hospitals struggle with higher costs sparked by population growth, inflation and rising staff salaries. For More: http://www.arabianbusiness.com

Road accidents number one cause of accidental deaths amongst UAE children

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