Department of Health: Abu Dhabi further strengthens response to COVID-19 through Malaffi 

Malaffi provides the DOH with a centralised database of real-time COVID-19 test results from all COVID-19 testing sites in Abu Dhabi

  
  • Under on the direction of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH), providers at the front-line of the COVID 19 fight are granted urgent extended access to patients’ COVID-19 test results and their medical history

Abu Dhabi: In an effort to further reinforce the response to COVID-19, and under the direction of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH), Malaffi, the region’s first Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform, has announced the urgent release of two solutions, the Abu Dhabi healthcare sector and the healthcare providers to make more accurate, efficient and safer decisions during the current pandemic.

key pandemics indicators. Having access to this information is most important in such situations as it enables us to assess and better plan the testing and healthcare capacities and coordinate the distribution of the response resources in the Emirate.” Al Kaabi added.

Mr. Atif Al Braiki, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Health Data Services, said: “During these unprecedented times, we recognise the need of having connected healthcare now, more than ever before. As many countries are working to consolidate pandemics-related data, owing to Abu Dhabi’s visionary leadership, by further integrating clinical sources and centralising information in Malaffi, we are well-founded to support a data-driven public health response.”

Commenting on how Malaffi is helping UEMedical triage COVID-19 patients, Majd Abu Zant, Chief Operating Officer at UEMedical said: “Access to COVID-19 results and patients’ medical history through Malaffi is a great advantage for all connected providers. Checking the Malaffi file for testing results is now part of the routine triage and assessment process at UEMedical facilities. Having a record of testing results of the patient helps us understand the epidemiological circumstances and make further decisions. Through Malaffi, we are able to report test results securely (in addition to reporting to various regulatory and governmental bodies) in order to ensure that the results are readily, and promptly available to other healthcare providers.”

Created in partnership between the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH) and Injazat Data Systems, and launched in 2019, Malaffi’s portal for medical providers now has 450+ connected facilities and is available to over 20,000 users in Abu Dhabi containing 53 million unique clinical records for more than 3 million patients. Eventually, all 2,000 public and private healthcare providers in the Emirate will be connected.

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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 is the region’s first Health Information Exchange platform, that will safely and securely connect all public and private healthcare providers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Malaffi enables the meaningful, real-time exchange of important patient health information between the healthcare providers, creating a centralised database of unified patient records, that will 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 Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH) and Injazat Data Systems, a subsidiary ultimately of Mubadala Investment Company. As part of the DOH’s strategic priorities, Malaffi is a key component of the digital transformation of the healthcare system in Abu Dhabi.

By providing instant access to the patient’s longitudinal medical file, Malaffi will facilitate the making of better-informed and more efficient clinical decisions, enhance coordination and transition of care, reduce unnecessary duplication of tests and procedures, reduce the risk of medical error, and improve patient safety and experience. As a centralised 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: Mariam Awdi, Senior Account Executive, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Tel: +971 50 557 3385 or Mariam.Awdi@hkstrategies.com

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