Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Health Data Services - SP LLC, the operator of Malaffi, the Abu Dhabi Health Information Exchange (ADHIE), today announced the joining of two major UAE healthcare groups – Mediclinic Middle East and NMC Healthcare, by signing the Participant Agreement for their Abu Dhabi-based facilities. Abu Dhabi Health Data Services is established as part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DOH) and Injazat Data Systems, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company.

Malaffi, will enable healthcare facilities, healthcare professionals and government authorities across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to safely and securely access and share patients’ medical information, to deliver better healthcare quality and improve overall patient outcomes. Malaffi will connect more than 2,000 public and private healthcare providers in Abu Dhabi, that provide healthcare services for more than 3 million people within the Emirate, revolutionizing the delivery of healthcare.

Mediclinic Middle East and NMC Healthcare, are now part of the group of Malaffi Participants, together with SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services Company), Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, Healthpoint, United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) group and Oasis Hospital, that joined Malaffi in December last year. Collectively, these organizations own and operate 342 clinics and 28 hospitals, which represent 76% of all hospital beds, as well as 57% of all hospital episodes in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi1.

H.E Mohammed Hamad Al Hameli, Undersecretary of the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, said: “We are delighted that more health facilities are joining Malaffi, particularly some of the largest healthcare providers operating in the Emirate. We look forward to reaping the benefits of the Malaffi system in the near future by employing health data to develop policies and robust healthcare programs, as well as enabling healthcare professionals to make informed decisions based on detailed patient records. Furthermore, the Malaffi system will contribute to enhancing the efficiency and availability of health services to the residents of the Emirate by reducing redundant testing, as well as the number of repeat hospital visits.”

“The joining of Mediclinic Middle East and NMC Healthcare to Malaffi is an important milestone, and a testament to their dedication to improving the quality of care and patient outcomes, not only for their patients, but for everyone in Abu Dhabi. The value of a Health Information Exchange Platform exponentially increases with the amount of collated information. Once these current Malaffi Participants implement the Platform later this year, Malaffi will then boast access to data relating to more than half of Abu Dhabi’s patient hospital episodes. This is a very solid foundation for Malaffi, and presents a strong driver for the clinical adoption,” said Atif Al Braiki, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Health Data Services.

“Mediclinic Middle East is happy to support and join Malaffi, as a strategic priority of the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi. Following its implementation, the people of Abu Dhabi will benefit from a safer and more efficient healthcare system through the resulting reduction in medication errors and duplicate tests, as well as the introduction of emirate-wide health initiatives made possible by the centralisation of such levels of information,” said Mr. David Hadley, CEO of Mediclinic Middle East.

“As the single largest private sector healthcare provider in the GCC and the only Abu Dhabi based company listed in London and a part of the FTSE 100, NMC has been at the forefront of technology adoption and Malaffi is one of them. The format promises to bring together all the stakeholders on a single shared platform of knowledge exchange and we all stand to benefit out of it as it would enhance the level of transparency, accessibility and accountability shall help the caregivers and patients equally,” said Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director of NMC Health Plc.

As stated in the DOH Policy on ADHIE, the DOH seeks to ensure that all licensed Healthcare Facilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi participate in Malaffi. All Abu Dhabi healthcare facilities are expected to connect to Malaffi by the end of 2019.

About Department of Health (DOH)

The Department of Health – (DOH) is the regulatory body of the Healthcare Sector at the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ensures excellence in Healthcare for the community by monitoring the health status of the population. DOH defines the strategy for the health system, monitors and analyses the health status of the population and performance of the system. In addition, DOH shapes the regulatory framework for the health system, inspects against regulations, enforce standards, and encourages adoption of world – class best practices and performance targets by all healthcare service providers in the Emirate. DOH also drives programs to increase awareness and adoption of healthy living standards among the residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in addition to regulating scope of services, premiums and reimbursement rates of the health system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. For more information visit www.doh.gov.ae.  

For media inquiries:
Mariam Al Marzooqi, Media Specialist, The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi
Tel: +971 2 4193 315,
email: msalmarzooqi@doh.gov.ae

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About Malaffi

Malaffi - the Abu Dhabi Health Information Exchange, is the region’s first Health Information Exchange Platform, that will securely connect all public and private healthcare providers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create a unified patient record and to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes.

Malaffi (Arabic for ‘my file’), is operated by Abu Dhabi Health Data Services - Sole Proprietorship LLC (ADHDS), established as part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH) and Injazat Data Systems, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company.

Malaffi is part of the DOH’s strategic priorities, including the promotion of health informatics and eHealth, and is a key component in the digital transformation of the healthcare system in Abu Dhabi.

With universal, Emirate-wide participation of facilities and patients, Malaffi will facilitate the meaningful real-time exchange of health information between healthcare providers, healthcare professionals and government authorities. Providing instant access to the patient’s medical history, Malaffi will enhance transition of care and care coordination, reduce overutilization and duplication of tests and procedures and will enable the practice of precision medicine.

As a centralized database of robust population health information, Malaffi will inform and drive the DOH’s public health initiatives for a healthier Abu Dhabi. 

For more information, please visit www.malaffi.ae

Media contact:
Reem Al Ajeel
Senior Account Executive
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Tel: +971 50 7083353

1 Abu Dhabi Health Statistics 2017 - https://www.doh.gov.ae/pdf/opendata/AbuDhabiHealthStatistics.pdf 

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