Arab Health 2023 discusses technology’s role in emergency care

The Arab Health Exhibition & Congress 2023, which kicked off today at Dubai World Trade Centre, discussed how advancements in digital health are enabling the treatment of patients more quickly and efficiently, significantly improving health outcomes for patients around the world.

Speaking on the opening day of Arab Health 2023, Dr. Rasha Buhumaid, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, shared insights into the latest innovations that are bringing the hospital to the patient.

The key areas highlighted by Dr. Buhumaid included Artificial Intelligence (AI), health Apps, video games, portable point-of-care diagnostic devices and medical drones, all of which are reducing the time taken to reach patients as well as providing greater access to health data and information.

Dr. Buhumaid said, “In emergency medicine, time is of the essence. We have that golden hour – but sometimes seconds or minutes when our response to the patient is vital. New technologies are perhaps having more of a transformative effect in the emergency care sector than other areas of healthcare.”

In the AI space, patient care technologies such as Hexagon use digital maps to allocate where a patient’s pre-hospital care should be, increasing healthcare accuracy and delivery. Other areas where AI is proving invaluable are in cardiology, with an AI tool that detects heart disease in 20 seconds – a process that would normally take 13 minutes – being showcased by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) at Arab Health 2023.

In addition, portable point-of-care diagnostic devices such as ECG’s mean that patients can send data to their doctor before they enter the Emergency Room.

Commenting on the role of technology in emergency care, Ross Williams, Exhibition Director for Informa Markets, said, “Innovation is under the spotlight at Arab Health 2023 and new technologies are a game changer for delivering vital treatment to patients in emergency situations. The event is bringing together visionaries from around the world that are at the forefront of these life-saving technologies.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE Health Authorities to showcase latest developments on Organs Donation Program at Arab Health 2023

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi (DoH) and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), will showcase the latest developments on the National Programmeme for Donation and Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues, “Hayat,” at the Arab Health 2023 taking place from January 30 to February 2 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The UAE health authorities will take part in the 48th edition of the exhibition under a unified national platform called “Emirates Health,” representing the national spirit as well as the shared goals and collaboration among health authorities in the country.

The programme was launched in 2016 in accordance with a federal decree by law with the goal of improving the lives of patients with organ failure, reducing the suffering of their families, and promoting organ donation. The programme focuses on chronic kidney failure, heart disease, pulmonary failure, and Liver failure.

The National Programme was designed to support the country’s goal of becoming a regional and global leader in organ and tissue transplantation, especially as the UAE is well equipped with the necessary resources, including skilled medical personnel, state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technological infrastructure, and strong international partnerships, which are crucial for the programme’s success.

Organ transplantation not only improves patients’ quality of life but also saves lives, while reducing the load on hospitals and allowing for investment in preventive programmes. The UAE’s organ transplant programme has so far resulted in 460 transplants, facilitating many multiorgan retrieval and transplant. This reflects the maximum efficiency of the system in which many more patients can receive a life-saving transplant.

Ahmed Ali Al Dashti, Assistant Undersecretary for the Support Services Sector, emphasized the UAE health authorities are committed to raising public awareness of organ donation as a means of providing sustainable solutions for patients with various health conditions, particularly chronic kidney disease, heart disease, pulmonary failure, and liver failure. Al Dashti went on to say that organ transplantation can help such patients recover completely.

He stated that the UAE organ donation and transplantation programmeme increase 41 % in 2022 compare against 2021, this outstanding achievement is thanks to the organ donation system structure stablished across UAE and the health authority’s commitment in raising awareness about the importance of organ donation as a selfless and heroic act.

“Hayat” programmeme

Dashti commended the UAE’s relentless efforts made to regulate the transfer, transplantation, preservation, and development of human organs and tissues.

He also praised the decision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, establishing the National Centre to Regulate Human Organs and Tissues Transplantation, which works in conjunction with the “Hayat” programme to promote medical and social care for organ donation and transplantation in accordance with international quality standards and medical ethics.

For his part, Dr. Ali Al Obaidli, Head of UAE National Transplant Committee, highlighted the humanitarian benefits of the transplant programme, which was backed by the wise leadership & promoted by the coordinated health efforts.

Al Obaidli revealed that the participation rate in the programme rose 41% in 2022 with 130 donors saving over 500 lives, compared to 2021. Over 10,000 people of diverse backgrounds registered to donate organs after death, valuing it as a noble act.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rashid Al Suwaidi, Executive Director of Healthcare Workforce Planning Sector at DoH, said that the department prioritizes organ donation and transplantation for community health and safety, adding that the department has launched a community campaign in cooperation with partners including MoHAP and DHA to raise awareness of organ donation and encourage registration for the programme, as it saves lives and gives hope.

For his part, Dr. Ramadan Al Blooshi, Director of the Public Health Protection Department at Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said that “Hayat” is a promising and ambitious programme showcasing the UAE’s remarkable progress in the healthcare system, which is experiencing tremendous and successive developments in different areas thanks to making the best use of medical expertise, smart technologies and advanced recovery methods.

Al Blooshi emphasized that such capabilities guarantee the UAE’s success in organ and tissue transplantation and will further promote the country’s reputation in this sensitive medical field, lauding the concerted efforts and strong collaboration between the Ministry of Health, the Department of Health, the Dubai Health Authority, and other relevant authorities.

According to experts, one organ donor can save the lives of eight individuals in urgent need of organs. We invite the public and organizations in UAE to support saving lives by organ donation. Visit MOHAP HAYAT booth during Arab health 2023, anyone can register as an organ donor and save many lives.

Source: Emirates News Agency

COVID-19 remains a global emergency: WHO Director-General

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), said that COVID-19 remains a global public health emergency of international concern.

He also agreed on the description of the organisation’s Emergency Committee, after its meeting in Geneva, that the epidemic may be in a transitional phase and is currently undergoing a turning point, despite the spread of strains of the Omicron variant around the world.

In a statement published today, the WHO Director-General warned of the decline in oversight and the lack of timely circulation of data for new variables arising from the Omicron variable.

He called on countries to exchange data on disease and deaths in order to direct the response to the spread of the virus. He also stressed the recommendation of the Special Committee on the need to continue using health and social measures to prevent the spread of the virus, as well as work to achieve the highest levels of immunity through vaccination reaching 100 percent of the population.

Source: Emirates News Agency