'Health Board' to shape 'Dubai health'

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched its 'Health Statistics Board' at the ongoing Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, which aims to gather data vital for implementing new policies in the sector.

The information gathered includes numbers on infectious diseases, in and outpatient data, birth records, geographical feed and vaccinations.

Dr Mohammad Al Redha, Director of DHA's Health Data Analysis Department told Emirates 24|7: "With the launch of the 'Health Statistics Board', all the health-related data for patients is now at our fingertips.

"As we move towards a national unified record, this data, along with what we gather via E-claims, will complement each other to create new health policies that will benefit the end consumer."   

Quiz Dr Redha if the patients themselves would have access to such data, and he said: "While these statistics are mainly for industry analysis, we can create end-user portals to get simplified versions for patients. But mainly, the focus would be to shape the future of Dubai."

The DHA has worked on this project for three years, in conjunction with the Dubai Statistical Institute, with the data itself crunched from hospitals and small to medium-sized clinics. 

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