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Dubai in private sector talks to launch healthcare innovation hub

Dubai Health Authority reveals plan to develop latest healthcare technologies

Dubai in private sector talks to launch healthcare innovation hub

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will soon establish an innovation centre in a public-private collaboration aiming to develop healthcare technology.

The centre will be in located behind Rashid Hospital and DHA said it is working with the private sector to establish the most suitable model to foster this concept.

Last week, the first meeting took place when private sector representatives were given a tour of the under construction centre to seek their input. A brainstorming meeting also took place to discuss the way forward.

Companies present at the meeting included DrFive, Etisalat Digital, Novartis, HCI group, IBM, Credit Swiss, Fasaisal, MSD and Cognitive Healthcare International.

Humaid Al Qutami, chairman and director-general of the DHA, said: "Over the years, we have seen advances in medicine which have directly contributed to better patient outcomes.

"Our aim is to promote an atmosphere that is conducive to innovation, not just for medical treatment but also in technology, healthcare management, pharmaceuticals, medical devices so that all aspects of the health sector develop and thrive.

"Innovation cannot take place in isolation and thrives on collaboration; we are keen to work with innovators, healthcare entities, scientists and researchers so that we on improve healthcare outcomes and focus on improved patient care and experience.”

Dr Mohammad Al Redha, director of the Department of Organisational Transformation at DHA, added: “For us innovation means the ability to harness new technologies, to implement newer methods of healthcare delivery and management in order to provide patients with improved healthcare and make their lives better. At the end of the day, patient-centered care is our priority and improving their lives and providing them with happiness is our primary focus.”

DHA has already been working on the implementation of latest technologies such as 3D printing in healthcare.

DHA is also working with the private sector on the implementation of artificial intelligence in medical fitness screening and in other areas of healthcare such as stroke detection, management and diagnosis as well as rehabilitation.

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