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Malaffi strengthens DOH Abu Dhabi’s COVID-19 response

Article-Malaffi strengthens DOH Abu Dhabi’s COVID-19 response

Malaffi provides the DOH with a centralised database of real-time COVID-19 test results from all testing sites in Abu Dhabi.

Under the direction of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH), Malaffi, the region’s first Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform, has announced the release of new solutions. These will empower the Abu Dhabi healthcare sector and the healthcare providers to make more accurate, efficient and safer decisions during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaffi’s extended solution offers access to the Abu Dhabi providers that are not yet connected to Malaffi and are part of Abu Dhabi’s COVID-19 response. This allows front-line workers to consult their patients using real-time test results and relevant information from the medical history of the patient, helping with the assessment of the risk level for those patients and the making of further appropriate decisions for their care. As a result, doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals can take necessary first-response decisions, such as the need for patient isolation or hospitalisation, quicker and more effectively.

Real-time data

Malaffi’s centralised database of COVID-19 test results from all Abu Dhabi testing sites, available in real-time as data is recorded, helps the DOH strengthen its COVID-19 response by identifying and tracing the newly diagnosed cases. The solution facilitates well-founded pandemic clinical decisions and allows policymakers to efficiently allocate resources for better capacity utilisation and optimise planning and care coordination in the Emirate.

Commenting on the new developments, H.E Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Acting Undersecretary of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, said: “Further to its efforts to ensuring ample testing capacities, as the first-line response to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the DOH is committed to enabling comprehensive digital solutions to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our society. Building on the existing advanced digital centralised information platform, Malaffi, we can have full visibility of the spread of the virus and empower the front-line healthcare workers with clinical information to make safer and more efficient decisions.”

“By centralising all COVID-19 testing results from all testing sites in Abu Dhabi, through Malaffi, the DOH now has access to accurate and real-time key pandemics indicators. Having access to this information is most important in such situations as it enables us to assess and better plan the testing and healthcare capacities and coordinate the distribution of the response resources in the Emirate.” Al Kaabi added.

Created in partnership between the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH) and Injazat Data Systems, and launched in 2019, Malaffi’s portal for medical providers now has 450+ connected facilities and is available to over 20,000 users in Abu Dhabi containing 53 million unique clinical records for more than 3 million patients. Eventually, all 2,000 public and private healthcare providers in the Emirate will be connected.

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