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|13 March, 2019

Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Statistics Centre sign MoU to enhance strategic partnership

The MoU also aims to enhance partnerships between the two in exchanging experiences, skills and knowledge

Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Statistics Centre sign MoU to enhance strategic partnership

Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the strategic partnership and cooperation in processing data and statistics related to Dubai’s healthcare sector.  

The MoU also aims to enhance partnerships between the two in exchanging experiences, skills and knowledge as well as collaborating in conducting studies and research that will help develop and enhance Dubai’s healthcare system.

The MoU was signed during a meeting held at the Dubai Statistic Centre’s headquarters by His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA and His Excellency Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of DSC.

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During the meeting, DSC officials displayed their initiatives and future plans especially those related to the healthcare sector, which are being implemented in partnership with the DHA.

Al Qutami stressed the importance of data processing in guiding decision makers in creating plans, strategies and initiatives that meet the healthcare demand and needs of the people of Dubai. 

Al Qutami said field studies and surveys play an important role in the development of the continuously changing health sector and so offer strong indicators on the efficiency of health institutions and services in the city. They also act as indicators of international trends and rapid changes in the field.

Al Qutami commended DSC’s big role and contribution to the achievements and developments witnessed in Dubai by providing a clear vision and strong indicator of the current situation and future insight across different sectors.

Al Qutami also commented the fruitful partnerships between the DHA and DSC that aims to enhance Dubai’s healthcare sector.

Al Muhairi on the other hand, said the MoU is a consolidation of the strategic partnership between DSC and the DHA, which has resulted in joint initiatives, cooperation and data exchange. Among these joint initiatives was linking statistics between the centre and the DHA’s health facilities and facilities in the private healthcare sector. 

Al Muhairi commended the authorities’ keenness to insure its plans are based on data and research. Commenting about DSC’s future plans he said the centre will be providing innovative initiatives based on data processing and artificial intelligence to support Dubai’s healthcare sector. He also commended the DHA’s keenness to collaborate with the centre.

 Following the meeting, Al Qutami and Al Muhairi toured the centre where Al Qutami was briefed on DSC’s strategic plan for the next 10 years.

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For further information, please contact:

Mahmoud Al Ali

Head of Media

Dubai Health Authority

myalali@dha.gov.ae

+9714 219 7260

Kamakshi Gupta and Noor Nazzal

Communications Analysts- Media Dept.

Dubai Health Authority

klgupta@dha.gov.ae  nnnazzal@dha.gov.ae 

+9714 2197455

About the Dubai Health Authority:

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was created, in June 2007, by Law 13 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, with an expanded vision to include strategic oversight for the complete health sector in Dubai and enhance private sector engagement. 

Prior to the establishment of the DHA, the Department of Health and Medical Services, which was established in 1973, was the functioning authority that almost exclusively focused on health service delivery.

In May 2018, H.H Sheikh Mohammed, issued Law No. (6) Of 2018 of the DHA. The new Law further enables the DHA to achieve its objectives including regulating medical services in Dubai, enhancing competiveness and transparency, improving medical services and products based on international best practices and achieving the sector’s objectives according to approved strategic plans.

According to the Law, DHA will ensure the availability of quality medical insurance programmes, improve medical services according to the highest international standards, contribute to providing attractive infrastructure for investments, boost Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism and medical education, encourage innovation in the healthcare sector and improve preventive healthcare measures.

The Law specified DHA’s responsibilities to include preparing a comprehensive strategic plan for Dubai’s healthcare sector, conducting studies and surveys to define Dubai’s future needs and matching the results with future investments, licensing and monitoring medical workers and medical facilities according to DHA’s approved regulations. Its responsibilities also include regulating medical education and medical research in collaboration with competent local and international authorities and drafting and developing policies and procedures for the healthcare sector in Dubai.

The Law authorises DHA to regulate and approve the prices of medical services offered by private healthcare facilities in Dubai and ensure the quality of medical services. DHA is also responsible for regulating and facilitating the sending of patients for specialised medical treatment to healthcare facilities both within and outside the country, regulating and overseeing medical tourism in collaboration with concerned authorities, managing and developing policies that govern medical insurance and regulating medical advertising in Dubai.

H.H Sheikh Mohammed also issued Decree No. 17 of 2018 establishing subsidiaries of the DHA: the Dubai Healthcare Corporation and Dubai Health Insurance Corporation to further enhance healthcare services in Dubai and enable DHA to fulfil its responsibilities and obligations.

Three new strategic sectors were also added as part of the decree; they include Strategy and Corporate Development, Health Regulation, and Shared Support Services.

In addition to overseeing the health sector for the Emirate of Dubai, the DHA also focuses on providing services through DHA healthcare facilities including Latifa, Dubai, Rashid and Hatta Hospitals, its 12 primary healthcare centres, 17 medical fitness centres and its 6 specialty centres.

For more information, visit DHA’s website: www.dha.gov.ae 

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