By Sam Bridge
Ministry of Health and Prevention says Wareed system activated across healthcare facilities to quickly identify individuals at higher risk of acquiring the virus
The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced on Wednesday it has developed and activated a predictive electronic system to identify patients at high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.
The Ministry also said that it has activated an early warning system (Wareed) across all its healthcare facilities to quickly identify individuals at higher risk of acquiring the virus.
So far the UAE has reported five cases of the virus as it continues to spread from China.
MoHAP said the early warning system coordinates and manages a potential outbreak. Once automated, algorithms identify a patient as high-risk, the Wareed system places consecutive orders for the patient to be isolated and treated immediately.
The Ministry said the move was taken in cooperation with the UAE’s health authorities as a precautionary measure to protect the country against coronavirus and to enhance confidence in the country’s preventive measures.
A set of tests and treatment protocols has been automated according to the approved scientific standards to provide statistics and data analysis, monitor all suspected cases and standardize medical practices in all health facilities, MoHAP added.
Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Support Services Sector at the ministry said: “With the risk and numbers of infected population rising globally, the MoHAP’s Wareed team immediately implemented protocols... The timely customization of the Wareed system, which links patient data in 88 health facilities and contains an integrated database, has already started to save significant time for our clinicians on the ground, helping them quickly identify, coordinate and manage a potential outbreak."