More than 90% of surveyed Abu Dhabi residents are proud that their Emirate is the first to have an advanced Health Information Exchange platform, Malaffi, now fully utilised by more than 1,000 end-users

This comes just ten months after Malaffi's launch earlier this year

  

Malaffi, the region’s first Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform, created as part of an initiative from the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH) and Injazat Data Systems, has announced that Danat Al Emarat Hospital and Clinic, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Oasis Hospital, are the first three healthcare providers whose entire care teams now have access to Malaffi, and are fully utilising the system including all hospitals and clinics across SEHA and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. This comes just ten months after Malaffi’s launch earlier this year. With Malaffi being directly and seamlessly integrated into the providers’ EMR system, over 1,000 doctors and members of care teams can now source and access their patients Malaffi files, from the centralised database of unified patient records.  

H.E Mohammed Hamad Al Hameli, Undersecretary of the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, said: “Today signals a significant step forward in our plans to further elevate our progressive healthcare system in Abu Dhabi. We fully back the success of Malaffi and encourage all providers to align with the Malaffi schedule, as this will also be part of our facility licensing requirements. Universal Emirate-wide implementation of Malaffi will enable better patient outcomes that result from a more well-connected and well-informed healthcare system. Collectively we are working towards achieving truly world class care across Abu Dhabi and championing a healthy nation.”

“Malaffi enables the meaningful, real-time exchange of important patient health information between the different healthcare providers in the Emirate which will enhance the quality of healthcare delivery and patient outcomes for the people of Abu Dhabi.  Challenges in the efficient coordination of care exist and persist in the absence of a unified database that ensures important patient health information is shared timely, safely and securely between different healthcare providers. Malaffi is here to overcome current challenges and revolutionise the delivery of healthcare within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Currently, the Malaffi database contains more than 35 million patient records for more than 3 million patients, and every time a provider joins, it becomes even more robust and effective in improving the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care,” said Atif Al Braiki, the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Health Data Services, the operator of Malaffi.  

The region’s first HIE platform initiative has also gained the seal of approval from the public as shown by a recent public survey, conducted by Malaffi, with 1,000 respondents from Abu Dhabi, representative of the Emirate’s demographics. The survey* highlighted that 82% of respondents believe that Malaffi will improve patient experiences. The survey also quantified that 91% of people are proud of Abu Dhabi being the first Emirate to develop such an advanced system. 

As part of Malaffi’s onboarding process, healthcare providers are required to undertake several stages before they can begin to utilise the platform fully. To facilitate a smooth and steady transition and ensure the quality of healthcare delivered is not compromised, Malaffi’s team has worked closely with the teams of Danat Al Emarat Hospital and Clinic, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, and Oasis Hospital, to support their onboarding journey.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO & Managing Director of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), said, “Having UEMedical’s facilities including Danat Al Emarat Hospital and Clinic, and HealthPlus Centers as the first healthcare network to be fully integrated with Malaffi, is a great testament to our commitment towards an ever-improving patient experience. We are already starting to see the benefits of Malaffi amongst our clinicians and patients. The real-time exchange of information through Malaffi enables Danat Al Emarat and HealthPlus to exchange information, which is very important for the continuum of care we provide at United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) Group. This improves our business process and allows our teams to focus on treating and healing our patients, elevating our patients experience. We are looking forward to more providers onboarding Malaffi that will allow us all to significantly improve the way care is delivered in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.” 

 “The onboarding to Malaffi has been a remarkably smooth transition for Oasis Hospital, and an important journey that the entire team are proud to be a part of. The reliable sharing of patient health information facilitates better care coordination and informed decision-making at the point of care. Having access to Malaffi is exceptionally beneficial for us as a high-risk maternity referral hospital. For example, our team is able to respond effectively to any pregnancy-related emergency situation, whether the patient is visiting us for the first time or not, thanks to having instant access to all of that patient’s important health information, including the history of past visits with their gynecologist, recorded allergies, past laboratory results amongst others. In an emergency, when every second counts, this is invaluable,” noted Alex Jankuloski, Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Hospital.  

*The survey was conducted by YouGov. YouGov is a leading market research company, with the largest research online panel in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, with hundreds of thousands of people enrolled in their surveys across 21 countries. The survey, which was commissioned by Malaffi in 2019, surveyed 1,000 respondents based in Abu Dhabi, representative of the Emirate’s demographics 

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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 

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 ultimately 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 or Reem.Alajeel@hkstrategies.com 

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