Dr Manal Taryam (second from left), CEO of DHA’s Primary Healthcare Sector, collected the awards. There were 3,900 other candidates and organisations from 74 countries in the running Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) won two golden International Stevie Awards for its innovative projects in the field of healthcare. 

DHA claimed the awards for two primary healthcare projects: the implementation of 3D printing technologies in dental care and for its smart headache clinic, which uses telemedicine technology to conduct remote doctor consultations. 

Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of the Primary Healthcare Sector at DHA, received the awards on behalf of His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of DHA. The awards ceremony was held in London in the presence of notable decision makers and businessmen from around the world. 

Commenting on the win, Al Qutami said this achievement reflects the innovative environment of the UAE and Dubai in particular. This international recognition also reaffirms the emirate’s pioneering role in the health sector and acts as an incentive to all those working in the health sector to continue on the path of providing quality healthcare services using the latest state-of-the-art technology. 

Al Qutami stressed that winning these international awards was made possible due to the support of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. 

The DHA director general also credited the support of His Highness Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, and His Highness Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and President of DHA. 

He added that winning such a notable award is a testimony to Dubai’s healthcare services, which are based on the best international standards and practices. 

Dr Taryam expressed her happiness with the win, as DHA won after competing against 3,900 other candidates and organisations representing 74 countries around the world. 

She said DHA won for its implementation of 3D printing within dental care, which has many benefits including producing highly accurate dental modules and casts at a shorter time and reducing patients’ waiting time. 

It also reduced the need for multiple visits made by patients to ensure accuracy of sizes, as implementing 3D technology increased the accuracy of dental module’s colour and size to 100 per cent. 

Other benefits include enhancing patient comfort, storing all data electronically and reducing the cost of producing dental casts and prosthetics. 

Implementing 3D printing in dental care has also increased the success rate of tooth transplants to 97 per cent. 

Dr Taryam explained that DHA won the second award for its headache clinic, which utilised telemedicine and has been implemented in a number of DHA facilities through the Robodoc device, which greatly aided the implementation of remote consultation and helped reduce waiting times by 25 per cent.

According to a survey, the implementation of this clinic has also increased customer satisfaction to more than 90 per cent and increased customer trust to 98 per cent. 

The Stevie Awards are one of the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honour and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organisations and working professionals worldwide. 

There are seven Stevie Awards programmes, each with its own focus and list of categories.