Unified Medical Record Database, Abu Dhabi

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Soon all hospitals in Abu Dhabi will be able to exchange medical records and data, which will lead to reducing costs, reducing the risk of mistaken treatment, and eliminate the need for repeated tests. The common database will combine all medical information about hundreds of thousands of residents and citizens, which will allow doctors to access data on visits to medical institutions and laboratory examinations from medical centers.

The medical information exchange system will be presented in 4 years. At the moment, doctors have to rely on the honesty of patients regarding their existing diseases and test results. However, innovations will allow doctors to make decisions based on more reliable and complete information. It will also improve the quality of services while preserving confidentiality. As for the patients, according to the representatives of the Department of Health, the new system will also bring certain advantages to them. Thanks to the new system, better diagnostics of diseases will be provided, as well as a higher level of patient awareness of their medical history.

At the global level, electronic medical records are the single, most important tool available to specialists to provide better services and reduce their costs. The use of such electronic documents positively influences the attitude to the medical system of both: patients and their families, as well as organizations and society as a whole. There is still no country in the world that could fully digitize all medical documentation, let alone complete integration of these data into the system. Among the possible obstacles are: cost, reduced efficiency during the training and implementation of the system, as well as software failures.

Unified Medical Record Database will help not only reduce the number of patients who have to be hospitalized repeatedly, but also reduce the amount of useless laboratory work and tests, the number of cases of emergency hospitalization and the length of stay in hospitals. And this should lead to higher standards of quality of health services. The system will be implemented in 3 stages until 2022, when all 2000 medical institutions in the capital become participants of the new system.

The system is aimed at improving the quality of medical services in the UAE, by simplifying the process of transferring patients from one medical institution to another, reducing the time for registration, eliminating duplication of procedures, preventing erroneous appointments and lowering the cost of services.

A single system will help create the necessary database, which can become a valuable tool in research. It will help to accumulate data on the effectiveness and safety of new procedures and medicines in global practice. Thanks to it, it will be possible to optimize administrative systems and improve all processes, which will contribute to more rational use of resources.