UAE Health Council discusses mechanisms of supporting health efforts

DUBAI, The UAE Health Council recently held a meeting bringing together many public and private health entities to discuss mechanisms of enhancing, integrating and coordinating health efforts, initiatives and projects to support the country’s strategic health plans and help develop an advanced health system based on innovation and creativity.

The council’s assembly is in line with the UAE’s vision for the next fifty years, which aims to shape the future of the country and set the pillars and components of a comprehensive development plan.

During the virtual gathering, the council stressed that realising the comprehensive development plan requires well-thought-out planning together with mobilising national efforts and working as a team to support national health goals and draw a future roadmap for the UAE health sector, to enhance the competitiveness of the country and its global leadership.

The meeting, chaired by Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, touched on important health topics, related to the strategic health approach of the country.

It reviewed the latest developments about the National Unified Medical Records (Riayati), which represents a digital platform that displays updated data for patient records, according to a central and integrated healthcare system that enhances access to health data of patients by linking government and private health facilities and exchanging information.

The participants also addressed medical services needs and how to enhance coordination concerning the issuance of medical licences for health practitioners.

The Council is responsible for coordinating work between federal and local institutions and authorities providing health services across the country and in the private sector. This would ensure their integration to enhance medical services; in addition to considering common issues facing the health sector in the country and taking appropriate measures accordingly in coordination with relevant authorities.

The council is also tasked with studying draft laws, regulations and instructions related to the health sector, submitting recommendations to competent authorities and encouraging scientific studies and research.

The council is also responsible for holding medical conferences and fora and supporting the Continuous Medical Education Programme (CME) to help achieve the ultimate goals set by public health policies. This is along with coordinating with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to draw up the academic policy on the study of health and medical science within the UAE and abroad.

Source: Emirates News Agency