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The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has partnered United Arab Emirates (UAE) telco Etisalat to launch an application that will support the diagnosis of strokes more accurately – even remotely.
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The health authority said the initiative follows the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs Dubai (GDRFA-D) to promote medical tourism in the emirate.
The DHA said the initiative with Etisalat is one of many innovative services and applications in the healthcare field that aim to make Dubai the Middle East’s number one medical tourism city.
Humaid Al Qutami, chairman of the board and director general at the DHA, said the new app is part of the authority’s push to use technology as a key enabler for delivering quality healthcare to citizens, residents and visitors in Dubai.
“The DHA already has apps such as Dami, a blood donation app that aims to make it easier to find a time and place to make blood donations across the city, and Salem, a medical fitness and occupational screening system that is integrated with all medical fitness centres in the city and reduces customers’ waiting time, minimises human intervention and makes blood test and x-ray results available electronically,” said Al Qutami.
He explained that Salem is integrated with the GDRFA-D and once a user completes all the screening procedures, he or she will receive an SMS alert with results delivered electronically.
Al Qutami added that through the Dubai Health Experience (DXH) portal – a brand conceived by the DHA to strengthen Dubai’s status as a leading medical tourism destination – the authority has added the App DXH portal, which enables tourists to book plane tickets and hotel rooms, buy insurance and book a doctor’s appointment.
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“We have launched these portal services to make it easier for tourists to plan their medical trips to Dubai,” he said. “The website is the only one of its kind in the region – the only window that provides all medical tourism-related facilities through one portal.”
Al Qutami said a tourist can log on from anywhere in the world and select a medical tourism package, book flights on Emirates Airlines, hotels, buy medical tourism insurance or book leisure activities.
The MoU between DHA and GDRFA-D MoU allows both parties to promote their services, which aim to support medical tourism in Dubai, he added.
Mohammad Al Marri, director general at the GDRFA-D, said that while the primary aim of the partnership is to reinforce Dubai’s position as a global destination for medical tourism by easing visa procedures, the alliance will also facilitate the use of health services in DHA hospitals from abroad.