By 2021, all patients in UAE will have single unified medical records which can be accessed by any doctor in the country through the Emirates Identity card.
According to a report on Khaleej Times, the unified records will serve as a healthcare database and will record details of the patient – from the kind of treatment being undertaken to the medicines consumed. It will also be linked to insurance companies.
However, patient confidentiality will be at the forefront, the report said.
Advantages of the new system
- Reducing costs of unnecessary medical tests
- Access to previous medical records of the patient
- Cut down on medical errors
- Building a health database of residents
- Help in assessing performance
- Better automate the healthcare system
The project is already well under way with the studies expected to be completed by the first quarter of this year, the report added.
In 2018, all government hospitals will be part of the project and private hospitals/health clinics will be linked between 2019 and 2021.
Healthcare facilities will have to update their systems to be part of the project.
The project has been modified to suit the UAE healthcare system after studies were carried out in Singapore and the USA, where similar models are already operating.