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As Part of its Participation at Arab Health 2018 Abu Dhabi Emirate Showcases Latest Healthcare Sector Developments & Innovations
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28 January 2018

Abu Dhabi – January 28, 2018: As part of its participation in the 2018 Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, running through February 1, 2018, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is showcasing all of the latest developments and innovations pertaining to its healthcare sector— via a single umbrella platform at hall no. 5 pavilion B30. This platform is represented by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, along with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the National Health Insurance Company (Daman) and Mubadala Healthcare.  

 According to the DoH’s latest statistics, the Emirate’s healthcare sector has witnessed remarkable development, as reflected by the increasing number of workers employed throughout the sector and its healthcare facilities. The number of health professionals reached 46,794 professionals by 2016 – witnessing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1% since 2010. Additionally, the number of licensed healthcare facilities in the Emirate rose to 2,455 in the same year— compound annual growth rate of12.5% since 2010.

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of the DoH, stated: “With an aim to establish Abu Dhabi Emirate as a major regional healthcare hub— we are building on the achievements of the legislative and infrastructure sectors to attract talented minds and greater investment that will help meet the sector’s specialised needs, while harnessing the latest technological healthcare innovations and policy developments.”

According to the Capacity Master Plan developed for Abu Dhabi Emirate’s healthcare sector, there is a critical need for investment in Primary Care, Emergency Care, Obstetrics, Neonatology, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Rheumatology and Respiratory Medicine. Experts have estimated that by 2025, Abu Dhabi will need 1,789 doctors and 16,188 nurses, while inpatient care services may require over 1,231 additional beds in hospitals.

Last December, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi successfully performed the UAE’s first full heart transplant on an Emirati patient who had been suffering from end-stage heart failure. The transplant – which was made possible due to the heart of a deceased donor – was completed within a record time of 6 hours. A true pioneer in the region, the hospital continues to develop and innovate technologically advanced solutions to help treat patients; including robotic arms to assist in surgery, as well as state-of-the-art pacemakers that allow for real-time remote monitoring of a patient’s heart with data transferred to the doctor.

Arab Health visitors at the DoH pavilion will be able to learn more about the latest programs and initiatives launched by the healthcare sector in the Emirate, including the AED 3 million Healthcare Technology and Innovation Pioneers Award (TIP healthcare Award), which aims to attract innovative ideas that contribute to finding solutions to the health sector’s challenges. The competition’s shortlisted ideas are evaluated at a later stage, via a presentation to a group of companies and entrepreneurs who can help turn these ideas into projects or start-ups to support the health sector and the national economy.

Visitors can also gain insight on a range of services offered by a number of healthcare facilities in the Emirate – such as the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) – in addition to information around various employment opportunities available across all SEHA healthcare facilities. Additionally, pavilion visitors will be able to avail greater information on the comprehensive approach applied by the Imperial College London Diabetes, for the treatment of diabetes and its complications. Similarly, HealthPoint hospital will present more details on its advanced specialist services for the spine.

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