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The Ambulance section at the Smart Dubai pavilion on the first day of Gitex Technology Week on Sunday. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News

Dubai: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has shed light on its initiative on linking the National Ambulance with hospital emergency departments to have instant and effective access to patients’ data and records and to activate an early warning system.

The new initiative would help reduce waiting times and provide on-time treatment services, with the optimal use of resources. This was reported on Sunday on the sidelines of MoHAP’s participation at GITEX Technology Week, being held Dubai World Trade Centre till Thursday.

The Smart Ambulance model is available at the MoHAP stand, where visitors can learn more about the smart connectivity between the ambulance and emergency departments, as well as the car’s sophisticated equipment and smart devices to facilitate the transportation of patients and their reception in hospitals after providing patient’s vital signs and automating all operations related to locating the patient.

Leveraging digital innovations

Dr Yousef Al Serkal

Dr Yousef Al Serkal, Director-General, Emirates Health Services Corporation, said: “MoHAP has long attached special importance to the use of innovations and proactive solutions, as well as the modern methods that enable the ministry to better serve the society and to leverage innovative technologies, such as the AI and Internet of Things (IoT) in the health care system.”

Positive outcomes

Dr Kalthoum Al Baloushi, director of MoHAP’s Hospitals Administration, said: “As a first stage, the initiative has been implemented at Al Qassimi Hospital and it will be carried out in all hospitals by the end of this year.” She added that the project has produced positive results in terms of speeding up and facilitating the transfer of ambulance-related patient information to the ‘Wareed’ system, and then sending the patient’s vital signs to the emergency department. In this way, the patient arrives at the hospital, with all the procedures required to provide on-time treatment have been carried out.