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UEMedical hospitals and clinics in Abu Dhabi get approval from Department of Health (DoH) to deliver prescribed medications to patients and activate telehealth services

7 April 2020, Abu Dhabi: United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) in Abu Dhabi announced that HealthPlus and Danat Al Emarat Pharmacies are now licensed by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi to deliver prescription medication to patients in accordance with the medications delivery standards and guidelines published recently by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi. The standards ensure that the medicines delivered to patients are packaged correctly and delivered safely, and that patient information is secure and confidential. Patients will also receive the required counselling and education remotely by licensed pharmacists whenever necessary. The service aims to improve the patient experience and limit the burden of visiting pharmacies, especially in the current global situation of COVID-19. The group has also activated its telehealth services allowing patients to attend remote consultations with their doctors, thus eliminating the need for individuals to leave their homes unnecessarily, unless urgent care is required.

Mr. Majd Abu Zant, COO of UEMedical and CEO of HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, stated, “The private healthcare sector continues to be a vital and strategic partner to the Department of Health in helping execute key initiatives rapidly. Within a matter of days from receiving the government’s directives, UEMedical was able to deploy two very innovative services for the delivery of prescription medication and tele-consultations. At this time, the services will be offered at no additional cost to our patients and the community at large in order to support the national efforts in helping people stay at home.“

“The group has completed all necessary preparations to launch the medications delivery service. The service is called “Wasfati”, which means ‘My Prescription’ in Arabic. Patients are able now to submit their orders through the Wasfati web-application www.wasfati.ae. The patient would need to fill in their personal information and address, upload the prescription along with a copy of Emirates ID and insurance if applicable, or order over-the-counter medications (medicines that don’t require any medical prescriptions). After completing the online order, one of our licensed pharmacists will contact the patient to provide them with the education needed and the instructions; and will inform the patient on the expected date and time of the delivery,” Mr. Abu Zant added.

Mr. Abu Zant also clarified that this service will be extremely beneficial for all patients, especially for those who are taking regular medication for chronic illnesses as well as elderly patients. It will enable them to receive their medications at the comfort of their homes without visiting the pharmacy. The delivery will be available for patients in Abu Dhabi city.”

“In addition to Wasfati service, all UEMecical facilities including Danat Al Emarat Hospital, HealthPlus Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi will activate their tele-health services for patients who require medications refills, or to discuss their lab results or need medical advice not related to urgent and emergency care. Tele-consultations will allow patients who don’t need to be physically present at our facilities to schedule a consultation remotely with their doctor and continue their care without interruption”, Mr. Abu Zant added.

Mr. Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital stated, “Tele-health services will be available for our female patients as well as pediatrics. Such a service will limit their unnecessary visits to the hospital during this time. The physician over the phone or online will conduct a full consultation session for patients in most specialties, and will be able to decide if the patient needs to visit the hospital for a clinical examination or if any essential lab works or x-rays are needed. Through this service, the physician will also remotely provide advices and also a refill of prescriptions for our established patients suffering from chronic diseases.” 

“Danat Al Emarat’s Rehabilitation department including its Speech & Language Therapy as well as our mental health clinicians are committed to supporting children, adults and their families who need to continue their therapeutic sessions particularly during this time of the global uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. In order to facilitate the continuation of treatment and provide the support needed, we will be offering tele-practice sessions virtually where children, adults and families can receive video consultation and counseling services or communicate through video calls with our highly skilled clinicians remotely and from the comfort of your homes,” Mr. Gonzalez concluded.

Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with United Eastern Medical Services

20 January 2020, Abu Dhabi: Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) in Dubai signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) in Abu Dhabi, the parent organization of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi. The MOU aims to train students from the College of Medicine in the group's hospitals and different centers, as well as allow for collaborations in different educational programs, and conduct specialized scientific research, organize scientific conferences and exchange experiences, and provide consultations in the academic and medical fields.

The MOU was signed by Dr. Amer Sharif, Vice Chancellor of MBRU and Mr. Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital at MBRU’s campus in Dubai, in the presence of Mr. Majd Abu Zant, COO of UEMedical and CEO of HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Provost, Dean of the College of Medicine- MBRU, in addition to a number of senior officials from both parties.

Dr. Amer Sharif said, "We’re delighted to partner with United Eastern Medical and broaden our circle of healthcare partners in the UAE. This partnership will support elevating the delivery of medical education in the country through research collaborations, continuing professional development opportunities, and enhancing clinical training for our medical students and future residents and fellows. Our philosophy, at MBRU, is to teach our students to be professional communicators, health advocates, collaborators and leaders; and we believe that such partnerships enable us to create medical experts who demonstrate these characteristics. We look forward to this collaboration and to having our medical students train and apply what they have learned at Danat Al Emarat Hospital, HealthPlus Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, we’re sure they will be received well. We hope that this MoU will pave the way to a successful long-term partnership that’ll ultimately serve our community." 

Mr. Mariano Gonzalez stated, "Our MOU will facilitate training programs at the group’s facilities, including Danat Al Emarat Hospital, where we have clinical affiliations with international hospitals such as SickKids Hospital in Canada and University College London Hospitals (UCLH). This will help students to learn from numerous leading physicians during their training programs especially in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology and Internal Medicine. We are indeed confident of the caliber of our physicians and healthcare professionals who will share their extensive experiences with the younger generation."

Mr. Majd Abu Zant expressed his gratitude after signing the MOU with MBRU, "Besides our inpatient and outpatient facilities, the medical simulation center, multidisciplinary laboratories, medical library, research and academic capabilities at the University will be utilized to enhance our joint training program."

"UEMedical aims to deliver world class medical services through its various Centers of Excellence, underpinned by our strong medical education and research framework. The group previously signed MOUs with a number of leading universities and colleges to train students in nursing, pharmacy, radiology and laboratory specialties. Our MOU with MBRU is considered the first for medical college students as we take part in preparing our future generation of physicians. The students will have access to advanced technologies and internationally accredited systems at our facilities within multiple specialties such as endocrinology, fertility and IVF as well as ophthalmology,” Mr. Majd added.  

Dr. Sadoon Sami Sadoon, Chief Medical Officer at Danat Al Emarat said, “The first batch of students will be trained at Danat Al Emarat Hospital, HealthPlus Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi during this year.”

"Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DoH) has previously accredited Danat Al Emarat Hospital, HealthPlus and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi as research centers, positioning the group as one of few leading academic and research centers in UAE. Our clinicians are conducting extensive research and studies that will be published in international journals, and will be working closely with MBRU," Dr. Sadoon concluded. 

Diabetes Conference in Abu Dhabi Starts Today

15 November 2019, Abu Dhabi: International and local speakers at the 6th Annual Diabetes for Primary Care Conference, which was held in Abu Dhabi, Grand Hilton Capital Hotel today, Friday discussed the latest technologies and techniques in diabetes treatment. The conference, organized by HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, was attended by over 150 healthcare professionals.  

Mr. Majd Abu Zant, CEO of HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, part of UEMedical group in Abu Dhabi, said that for the 6th year in a row the group were keen to organize this conference in line with it’s strategy to help limit diabetes and its complications, and to support continuous medical education and medical researches which are conducted by our physicians in the group through Danat Al Emarat Hospital, HealthPlus Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi.

“The conference this year focused on the importance of providing comprehensive services in different specialties for diabetes patients, including diabetology and endocrinology, cardiology, ophthalmology, podiatry, nutrition, mental health and others. The conference included 8 different lectures focusing on the latest technologies in the field of diabetes,” Mr. Abu Zant added.

Dr. Mohammed Al Khatib, Chairperson of the Conference, Diabetes, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine Consultant at HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center in Abu Dhabi presented a lecture about the latest technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes such as advanced sugar level measuring devices; which are available at HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center in Abu Dhabi. “The device would be attached to the patient and can monitor blood sugar percentage 24/7, also during sleep and while eating. The device would then send the results automatically to the patient’s electronic file, while at the same time the device is attached to an insulin pump to provide the patient with the required doses of insulin around the clock to keep blood sugar percentage normal. The device is also connected to a smart phone application for the patient to view his/her blood sugar percentage details.”

He also said that this technique plays an important role in protecting organs functions, like the brain, kidneys and heart from diabetes complications

“Our speakers from Austria, and locally from Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, American Neurology Center and Advanced Cure Center emphasized on the importance of weight loss to avoid diabetes and blood pressure. Scientific researches show that reducing overall weight by 5 to 10% can prevent diabetes occurrence,” Dr. Mohammed concluded.

presented a lecture about international scientific researches on diabetes medications and their effects, including new medications like Semaglutide, which is a new medication that is taken as an injection once a week; and UAE will be the first Arab country to allow this type of medication, which has a great advantage in treating type 2 diabetes and in reducing weight.

 “New medications in treating diabetes aren’t considered a replacement for insulin, therefore it should only be taken under the supervision of specialized physicians. Since 2008, the Food and Drug Administration, USA, required conducting research on any diabetes medication to know its effects on heart and arteries; which pushed pharma companies to work harder to do more research, which ultimately reflected positively on the patients’ health.” Dr. Huda added.

Participants also spoke about a new medication that is used in preventing heart attacks, which turned out to be also effective in diabetes treatment and weight loss.

Dr. Rasha Abbas, Psychiatry Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center talked about depression, diabetes and the mental health of patients suffering from diabetes. She also pointed out that international research shows that people who suffer from diabetes type 1 and type 2 have an increased risk of depression by 20%, and having depression increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by 60%. This shows the importance of addressing mental health issues to protect people from many diseases including diabetes.”

On the side of the conference, there was an exhibition including international companies who showcased the latest technologies available. The conference was accredited for 6 CME hours by Department of Health Abu Dhabi.