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Heralding the future of healthcare in the Emirate, Department of Health – Abu Dhabi updates its strategy during 2-day retreat

16 Dec, 2019: The Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi, held a strategic retreat entitled “The Future of Healthcare 2019”. The two-day retreat, which took place in the presence of His Excellency Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, sought to futureproof the Emirate’s healthcare strategy considering changing conditions. Featuring a series of meetings and discussions, the retreat aimed to ensure that the sector is well-equipped to handle potential future demands.

Retreat participants included the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company "SEHA", National Health Insurance Company "Daman" and Mubadala, as well as representatives from government and private healthcare facilities, strategic partners from the sector, government agencies, information technology companies and academic institutions.

The retreat aimed to provide foresight on the opportunities, challenges and needs of the healthcare sector, whilst ensuring that the necessary preparation and decisions are made accordingly. Simultaneously, DoH is developing a strategy for its healthcare sector, which is based on six key priorities; providing integrated and continuous healthcare services for all individuals, improving the quality of healthcare services, improving the financial efficiency of the sector, enhancing public health, e-health, and strengthening capabilities within the healthcare sector’s governance.

His Excellency Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of DoH commented: “We are very proud to have hosted this retreat in line with our wise leadership’s recent announcement as 2020 being the Year of Preparing for the 50th anniversary of the country’s founding, which aims to equip all sectors with the tools and resources needed to build a knowledge-based economy rooted in innovation, creativity, and modern science. Through this retreat, DoH strives to follow the steps of the UAE’s leadership, and lay solid foundations to sustain development for the future of the healthcare sector in the Emirate.”

“In light of recent events, we have been emboldened to seriously consider the future of healthcare, joining efforts with our strategic partners to map out comprehensive strategies for the sector. We thank our partners for their key input, as our joint efforts have helped us to cultivate a vision of what the sector might look like in years to come, by way of projections and studies gathered by industry experts. We are confident that outcomes will help guide the way forward to achieve continued development and the highest levels of quality across the board”, Al Hamed continued.

The first day of the retreat focused on updating and developing DoH’s healthcare strategy by summarising what has been accomplished to date. The initial sessions sought to explore possible scenarios for the healthcare sector, enabling participants to employ forward-looking strategic planning for the sector. The teams leading the retreat’s efforts collected a wide range of opinions from participants, taking into consideration different perspectives which inform expected trends and scenarios to help prepare for the future of the sector.

The second day of the retreat focused more on developing a road map for each of the projected perspectives and potential challenges using strategic planning tools to assess the current situation, as well as the available means for developing medium and short-term strategies.

The next stage will seek to engage relevant strategic entities and specialists in the field based on the outputs of the first stage. This will see DoH work with partners to identify the expected scenarios for the future of the healthcare sector in the Emirate and agree on the best approaches to managing said scenarios and ensuring the best outcome.


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