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Healing patients in a healthy environment

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Healthcare can play a leadership role in advocating for a healthy and sustainable future.

The effect of climate change is prevalent worldwide and can have a detrimental impact on human health. Healthcare facilities are often energy-intensive enterprises and contribute inadvertently to climate change, leading to respiratory and other illnesses. Reportedly, hospitals contribute towards 4 per cent of the world’s carbon footprint, and there is an increasing need to bring this number down. By moving towards carbon neutrality, the industry can play a leadership role in advocating for a healthy and sustainable future.

In an interview, Dr. Fatih Mehmet Gul, Chief Executive Officer, Fakeeh University Hospital, said: “We cannot damage the environment while trying to heal people. Because the more we damage the environment, the more people’s health will be affected. Therefore, as healthcare organisations, we cannot be the cause of damaging the health of our populations.”

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Dr. Fatih Mehmet Gul

He shared that Fakeeh University Hospital is leading the way in sustainability. Its hospital building, located in Dubai Silicon Oasis, is the first to have been awarded the Gold LEED certificate. The hospital has also released Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports annually since 2009 and participates in several environmental and social projects to promote sustainability. Furthermore, it is reportedly the only private hospital in the world to have joined the Terra Carta initiative led by Kings Charles III. The initiative is a global proposition that provides a roadmap to 2030 for businesses to move towards a sustainable future.

Dr. Mehmet Gul stressed that technological advancements today also pave the way for hospitals to become more sustainable and enhance patient outcomes. It empowers healthcare practitioners to make informed clinical decisions and diagnoses and offer suitable treatment options.

Recently, Fakeeh University Hospital signed partnering agreements with health tech enterprises such as Symed, GE Healthcare, Abdul Lateef Jameel Health, Baxter, Philips, and Emitac Healthcare Solutions to enhance its commitment to benchmarking smart healthcare in the region.

He concluded: “Healthcare is one of the industries that creates a huge amount of data every single day. This data will only be helpful and useful for us if we find ways to leverage it effectively. With the high adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare, we can finally make this data usable and offer patients better services. The future is exciting!”

This article appears in Omnia Health magazine. Read the full issue online today.

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