Dubai Health Authority has announced the introduction of Phase 1 of the Nabidh initiative. Nabidh will provide seamless access to medical information on 3.3 million people in Dubai
Ensuring high standards of patient confidentiality and a smooth flow of care, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced the introduction of Phase 1 of the Nabidh initiative recently.
Through Nabidh, DHA aims to transform healthcare into a collaborative ecosystem by connecting 1,500 healthcare facilities, 11,000 physicians and 3.3 million people within the emirate.
Nabidh (meaning pulse in Arabic) is an acronym for Network and Analysis Backbone for Integrated Dubai Health. It is Dubai’s cutting-edge Health Information Exchange and Population Health Programme to enable healthcare professionals to securely access unified medical records from all public and private medical facilities in Dubai. With Nabidh’s vision of unifying Dubai’s healthcare, DHA continues to enhance its collaborative healthcare ecosystem.
How will Nabidh work?
The project provides a unified medical record for each individual in Dubai by connecting the information contained in all public and private healthcare facilities. Nabidh’s community view of patient’s health record will lead to improved quality and patient safety, reduced cost and evidence-based care.
The first phase of the project has been launched, with DHA and several Mediclinic hospitals and clinics presently on board. In terms of unique patient identifier in Nabidh or individual patient electronic files, about 1.12 million files are currently online as part of the Nabidh initiative.
This means that irrespective of whether the patient visits any DHA facility or a certain Mediclinic hospital or clinic, the patient’s file will seamlessly be available electronically across these facilities.
Phase II will include many other private hospitals
In the next phase, other hospitals and health centres will be added. By the first quarter of 2021, Zulekha Hospital, Kings College Dubai and Al Zahra Hospital will be included in this system.
The implementation of Nabidh healthcare facilities is a three-year project, which will ensure every patient in Dubai has one electronic file that can be accessed by healthcare professionals across public or private facilities, providing the patient with a paperless comprehensive medical record and enhancing patient care significantly.
During the launch of the initiative, Humaid Al Qutami, Director-General of DHA, said, “The Nabidh project will positively impact efficient healthcare delivery in Dubai and will be of advantageous to healthcare professionals as well as patients.” He said the DHA was keen to utilise the latest digital technology and cutting-edge solutions to enhance the health sector in Dubai and ensure the highest quality of accessible care for patients.
Dr Mohammad Al Redha, Director of Project Management Office, Health Informatics and Smart Health at the DHA, said the initiative would enable information to follow the patient wherever he went to seek treatment. saving precious time and improving the quality of health care in Dubai.
Source: Gulf News