MoHAP Services showed expanded telemedicine, digital health at GITEX
The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP Services showed the latest updates of health monitoring services, and telemedicine, which provides innovative digital health solutions, delivers specialized care and medical advice remotely, and decrease the number of visitors to hospitals, at the GITEX Technology Week 2020, which was opened at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on 6th December 2020.
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The Ministry of Health and Prevention upgraded telemedicine service includes their attending doctors without the need to leave their homes, all medical consultation services and constant follow-up, based on the audio and visual communication between patients.
Since the COVID-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Health has been keen to boost the telemedicine system to ensure the safety of the community, reduce health risks, and mitigate the burden of commuting between hospitals and outpatient clinics. Also, The Ministry has developed over one way to enable patients to communicate with doctors, whether by sending an electronic link to patients’ phones reminding them of the appointment or by directly contacting MoHAP’s hotline number.
At present, telemedicine services include internal medicine and nutrition, cardiology, pediatrics, and remote mental health services, such as psycho-social support, rehabilitation programmes for drug-addicted patients, and other psychiatric departments and community psychiatry of different age groups.
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The service also features motherhood, childhood, public health, and disease prevention educational programmes, with the availability of video calling services to connect patients with broad consultants to get a remote opinion in critical conditions, as part of the Visiting Doctors Program. At the end of the 2nd quarter, the number of virtual visits amounted to 44,529, while it jumped to 49,599 visits at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Director-General of the Emirates Health Services Corporation (EHSC), Dr Yousif Mohammed Al Serkal, said, “In line with the directions of the United Arab Emirates government to improve the sustainability of health care, and the quality of life, the ministry provides smart preventive home services to patients, senior citizens and people of determination, using the technology and telemedicine devices, virtual and augmented reality, and home care tools and devices.”
Dr Yousif Al Serkal added, “Over the years, MoHAP’s telemedicine and health consultation services have made up a key pillar in supporting the United Arab Emirates strategy for artificial intelligence to invest and apply the latest technology tools and in the health sector.”
The Ministry of Health was keen to make the most of the latest technologies developments of the 4th Industrial Revolution to meet the needs of patients, support future medical decisions, and cut down health care costs.