October 9, 2008

UAE to Build Unified Health Database

UAE to build unified health database

ABU DHABI, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- The health authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will build a unified health database in the coming years that will provide physicians and patients with equal access in the Gulf country, local newspaper Khaleej Times reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) will build the database named Hospital Information System (HIS) in phases, according to the report.

HIS will link all 14 MoH hospitals and 68 affiliated clinics across Dubai and the northern Emirates by October 2011 in the first phase, and will include private hospitals at a later stage.

"This is a pioneering project ... and is in line with the world 's most advanced public healthcare regimes," health minister Humaid Al Quttami was quoted as saying.

With HIS, MoH physicians will gain access to patient records after being given a smart card/finger scan or a secure password, while patients can access their records through the ministry's web portal by using a dedicated password.

The database will also eliminate the need for patients to visit hospitals frequently as patients and physicians can communicate online through the system.

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