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Android tablets set to upgrade Dubai hospitals


August 22, 2013 6:18 by

The Dubai health sector will soon be equipped with android tablets, according to a top DHA official.

Hospital beds and waiting areas of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) hospitals, primary health centres and specialty health centres are among the list of places to be upgraded to this government initiative.

Engineer Essa Al Maidoor, director general of the DHA says: “The deployment of android tablets across DHA healthcare entities is the first step in our plan to build ‘smart hospitals’ that will be integrated with the latest IT technology to enhance customer experience. Customer care is at the heart of the Dubai Health Strategy [2013-2025] and these initiatives are aimed to improve the user experience of patients.”

Al Maidoor explained that the initiatives of electronic medical records, health information systems and ‘smart hospitals’ are all part of a two- to three-year plan for complete IT solutions that enhance both the present and future needs of the health sector.

Three thousand Android tablets will be provided for waiting areas of all 14 DHA primary healthcare centres, its specialty centres and its hospitals. The apps on the tablets will allow patients to view appointment details and give feedback to improve the health sector, as well as enabling them to check medical test results, health card details, BMI scores, facilities and all DHA news and events.

Parents will also be able to view their children’s vaccination details and receive alerts for every scheduled appointment.

The apps, inspired by Windows 8, are compatible with Apple iOS, Google Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile, among others.

The DHA is also planning to introduce new apps at GITEX this year, which will enable patients to do a multitude of tasks on their smartphones, such as check for health packages, view prescriptions and even request for health packages.

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