UAE health data repository and national disease registry developed

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Dubai: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) held an interactive session on the Health Data Repository Project and the National Disease Registry, seeking to strengthen the link between the Statistics and Research Center of the ministry and public and private sector partners on the ground. health statistics.

This approach aims to acquire a complete picture of the state of health of the country and to facilitate the work of health statistics and realistic monitoring of health services and diseases.

The session was attended by Dr. Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Deputy Undersecretary for the Public Health Sector; Mohmmad Hassan Ahli, Executive Director of the Data and Statistics Sector at the Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics; and Dr. Alia Zaid Harbi, Director of the Ministry’s Center for Statistics and Research.

In addition, representatives from federal and local health authorities, Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics, Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Dubai Health Authority and Ministry of Interior were also present. present.

Data rationalization

The project is done in two phases. These include connecting with stakeholders and developing a disease registry system by creating digital dashboards for various health indicators. It also involves automating the issuance of reports to ensure better data quality and a reduction in the time required to perform these tasks.

In the second phase, advanced studies in the health sector will be carried out using data science and artificial intelligence, among other techniques and tools.

The Ministry of Health has developed a strategy to establish a national disease registration system, which is one of the pioneering initiatives in the field of disease surveillance and registration, intended to monitor, record and analyze the patient data to improve its quality at a comprehensive national level. for the most common diseases in the country.

Dr. Al Rand said, “The ministry is dedicated to achieving excellence in health care by employing the best health practices based on statistical data. This will help in the implementation of better strategic planning and decision-making based on data that helps in the evaluation and measurement of the performance of health services.

He stressed that databases and statistical data on health are a key element in the formulation of plans and policies, as well as to effectively ensure the optimal distribution of resources and health services in order to improve community health. and update health indicators.

He stressed the importance of the health data repository and the national register of diseases to increase the reliability of statistical data as a key factor in the development of health policies and the promotion of sustainable development. The Deputy Under-Secretary for the Public Health Sector further spoke about the importance of numbers and statistics in shaping the future vision and measuring performance indicators to improve health services, thus placing the UAE at the vanguard in this regard, both regionally and globally, and in line with the national agenda and aspirations of the UAE Centenary 2071.

International benchmarking

Dr Harbi highlighted the importance and impact of the project on the quality of health data, and how it represents a paradigm shift in the field of health statistics work by establishing a central platform for a quantity mass health data.

She went on to say that the project would benefit scientific research by enabling the formation of vital systematic studies using data science techniques to examine the country’s health situation and conduct international comparative analyses.

Dr. Harbi noted that the ministry has established the Department of Data Science and Computing within the organizational structure of its Center for Statistics and Research with the aim of creating specialized management of the data repository project. and the National Disease Registry, to develop plans and strategies for the use of data science technologies and tools, and to develop health data-related activities to achieve the desired outcome of the project, realizing thus the vision of the ministry to provide health care in accordance with international best practices.

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