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HAAD Launches Abu Dhabi Award for Innovation in Healthcare
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29 March 2017

Abu Dhabi – March 29, 2017: The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has announced the launch of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Healthcare Innovation Award (ADHIA). The awards initiative has been designed with the goal of creating a sustainable platform to encourage continuous innovation in the healthcare sector and encourage the development of a comprehensive state-of-the-art healthcare research network covering private and public entities across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of HAAD, stated: “The launch of the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Innovation Award is the latest in a series of efforts and initiatives mobilized by HAAD to help drive further innovation across healthcare services, and in turn encourage greater investment in Abu Dhabi’s healthcare sector. The Awards will be a vehicle which will undoubtedly boost innovation across industries, help spark creativity in science and technology among generations, and contribute to our vision of a ‘healthier Abu Dhabi’.”

Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, Director of healthcare quality at HAAD explained: “The launch of the Awards initiative will benefit Abu Dhabi in several key ways. Chiefly, it will help activate an Emirate-wide healthcare research network— an important initiative listed among the top priorities for the ‘Abu Dhabi Health Sector Strategy’. Such a network will help improve the overall health status of the population, serve as an economic booster for Abu Dhabi, further attract and retain skilled clinicians, and boost the Emirate’s international reputation for innovation.”

The first edition of ADHIA was launched during the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS), the world’s first ever cross-industry forum, held at Paris- Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi from 27 – 30 March 2017, and is organized by Ministry of Economy, Department of Economic Development and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

ADHIA will focus on two pertinent research topics: ‘non-communicable diseases’ and ‘technology innovation in healthcare’. HAAD is to open the award submission period and announce the selection criteria later in 2017, and the inaugural awards will take place in February 2018.


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