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UAE introduces coronavirus early warning system for COVID-19

The move was taken in cooperation with the UAE’s health authorities to protect the country against coronavirus.

According to a recent report, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has developed and activated a predictive electronic system to identify patients at high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. The ministry announced that it has also activated an early warning system (Wareed) across all its healthcare facilities to quickly identify individuals at higher risk of acquiring the infection.

The early warning system reportedly coordinates and manages a potential outbreak. Once automated, algorithms identify patients at high-risk and the Wareed system places consecutive orders for the patient to be isolated and treated immediately.

In a statement, the ministry said the move was taken in cooperation with the UAE’s health authorities as a precautionary measure to protect the country against coronavirus.

A set of tests and treatment protocols has been automated according to the approved scientific standards to provide statistics and data analysis, monitor all suspected cases and standardise medical practices in all health facilities, the MoHAP statement added.

Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Support Services Sector was quoted saying: “With the risk and numbers of infected population rising globally, the MoHAP’s Wareed team immediately implemented protocols within the Electronic Medical Record that can efficiently identify patients at high risk of potential infection.

“The timely customisation of the Wareed system, which links patient data in 88 health facilities and contains an integrated database, has already started to save significant time for our clinicians on the ground, helping them quickly identify, coordinate and manage a potential outbreak. Once automated algorithms identify a patient as high-risk and the Wareed system places consecutive orders for the patient to be isolated and treated immediately.”

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