MoHAP organises interactive session on health data repository project, national disease registry

DUBAI, The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has held an interactive session on the health data repository project and the national disease registry, seeking to strengthen the linkage between the ministry's Statistics and Research Centre and public and private sector partners in the field of health statistics.

The session also sought to develop a complete image of the country's health status and facilitate health statistical work and realistic monitoring of health services and diseases.

The session was attended by Dr. Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for the Public Health Sector; Muhammad Hassan Ahli, Executive Director for National Statistics & Data Sector at the Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Authority; and Dr. Alia Zaid Harbi, Director of the Statistics and Research Centre at the Ministry.

In addition, representatives from the federal and local health authorities, the Federal Centre for Competitiveness and Statistics, Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Ministry of the Interior were also present.

The project features two phases, with the first phase comprising the establishment of links with stakeholders and the development of a disease registry system by creating digital dashboards for various health indicators. It also involves the automation of issuing reports to ensure improved data quality and reduced time required to execute these tasks.

In the second phase, advanced studies in the healthcare industry will be conducted using data science and artificial intelligence, among other techniques and tools.

The Ministry has devised a strategy to establish a national disease registration system, which is one of the pioneering initiatives in the field of disease monitoring and registration, intended to monitor, record, and analyse patient data to raise its quality on a comprehensive national level for the most prevalent diseases in the country.

Dr. Harbi noted that the ministry has established the Department of Data Science and Informatics within the organisational structure of its Centre for Statistics and Research, with the goal to create specialised management of the health data repository project and the national disease registry, develop plans and strategies for the use of technologies and data science tools, and develop activities related to health data to realise the project’s desired outcome, thus achieving the Ministry’s vision of providing health care in accordance with international best practices.

Source: Emirates News Agency