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UAE Health Council discusses key strategic initiatives to upgrade health sector

by Madaline Dunn

The UAE Health Council recently met to discuss key strategic initiatives in the country’s health sector. These discussions included plans for establishing a national centre for epidemic prevention and the latest developments on the health cloud project.

On Thursday, March 21, the Council, featuring various government health entities and representatives from the private sector, endorsed several decisions to bolster the health sector and foster a cohesive approach between federal and local health authorities and strategic partners.

The meeting was aimed at strengthening cooperation and coordination among various health initiatives and projects, and fostering greater unity to realise national health objectives. 

Another key focus was developing a future plan for the country in the health sector.

Among the areas discussed was the Health Cloud project, which uses cutting-edge cloud computing technology to offer a secure platform for storing, sharing, and managing health data. 

The project enables quick and easy access to health information, enhancing the quality and efficiency of healthcare services, it was shared. 

Further, it was noted that it:

  • Enhances communication between health providers and patients,
  • Fosters innovation in health research, and 
  • Providing advanced analytical capabilities for identifying health trends and diseases.

The Council also reviewed the UAE’s most significant achievements in enhancing the country’s competitiveness in global health indicators, with the overarching aim of promoting health, improving quality of life, and ensuring sustainability. 

Chaired by HE Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, the meeting was attended by His HE Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, HE Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, HE Dr. Abdulaziz Al Muhairi, Chairman of the Sharjah Health Authority, as well as representatives from government health authorities and the private health sector.

The UAE Health Council is responsible for coordinating efforts of federal and local entities providing healthcare services and the private healthcare sector. 

The Council also examines shared issues facing the healthcare sector in the country, and takes appropriate actions in coordination with relevant authorities. 

It also reviews draft laws, regulations, and instructions related to the healthcare sector, submits recommendations to the competent authorities, and promotes scientific studies and research.

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