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Abu Dhabi: The integration of technology in health care services helps nursing staff keep up with the latest practices, which can in turn boost efficiency and minimise errors, a top health official said at the first Emirati Nursing Conference.

The conference, which focused on the future outlook for nursing in an age of technology, was organised recently by the Ministry of Health and Prevention in Sharjah.

Speaking to attendees, Dr Yousuf Al Serkal, assistant undersecretary for hospitals at the Ministry, said the automation of nurses is a vital goal for the UAE. The Ministry therefore seeks to train nurses to use medical information technology to improve the level of healthcare.

“We have one of the most important initiatives in this field regionally, the National Initiative to Enhance the Attractiveness of Nursing, which aims to attract Emirati human resources to contribute to the community’s health needs, thereby providing healthcare that complements the environment and culture of the country and enhancing the efforts to implement Emiratisation in this profession,” Dr Al Serkal said.

Dr Sumaya Mohammad Abbas noted that the conference discussed many important topics such as the challenges faced by nursing professionals, education and research in the field and the impact of new technologies in the health sector. This will contribute to improving the quality and effectiveness of health care services and ensure satisfaction of patients and staff.

“We look forward to inviting nursing staff and leaders in the UAE to discuss and find solutions to the main issues related to the impact of technological development on nursing and healthcare in general. We also have plans and programmes to further develop the National Initiative to enhance the attractiveness of the nursing profession and to understand the role of technology in changing the concepts of nursing care and the best ways to implement them,” she added.