Telehealth in Dubai: Is It here to Stay?

Dr. Khulood Alsayegh

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Speaker Name: Dr. Khulood Alsayegh
Affiliation: APM Chartered Project Professional (ChPP)
Category: Speaker Presentation & Chair Person
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Biography: Khulood Alsayegh, MD, is an accomplished healthcare leader, qualified at the Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland and Harvard Medical school, Boston. She has over 14 years of clinical experience in Europe and the UAE. Winner of two awards from Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Participated as a speaker and abstract presenter in 10 local and international events. Currently leading the ongoing development of clinical standards as the head of clinical standards and guidelines in Dubai Health Authority.

Introduction: Health systems across the globe are facing unprecedented challenges such as meeting patients’ needs and the rising burden of illnesses with the ongoing need to balance cost, access and quality. Telehealth is one method currently used to improve access to healthcare services in the Emirate of Dubai. During the Covid-19 pandemic, there was an increase in demand for telehealth services. Consequently, this led to an increase in
the number of licensed telehealth providers and patient accessing telehealth services.

[1] Telehealth has not only been valuable in reducing transmission of Covid-19 and enabling access to specialist services but has also served a key role in assuring business continuity among small, medium and large healthcare
organizations. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) leadership issued Administrative Decision Number 40 of 2019 to regulate the practice of telehealth services. [2] Subsequently, his highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai published a Fifty-year Charter with
nine articles for Dubai. Article 5, sets out the right for every citizen to have access to a doctor twenty-four hours a day which will be facilitated by Smart Government. Further to this, the UAE ICT federal law 2) of 2019, on the use of information technology in healthcare was issued. [3] In acknowledging the federal and local directives, Dubai Health Authority has taken forward a number of initiatives to support the fruition of telehealth services in the emirate of Dubai, namely; development of telehealth standards and guidelines, development of key performance metrics and assessment of telehealth platforms.

Keywords: Covid-19, Dubai, Dubai Health Authority, Telehealth

[1] World Health Organization (2016). Pan American Health Organization, 4-26.
[2] UAE Cabinet Degree no. 40 (2019) Medical Liability Regulations.
[3] UAE Federal law no. 2 (2019) Information and Communications Technology in

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