The Evolution of Healthcare – Patient Safety

11 March 2021

How is Malaffi committed to patient safety?

Malaffi, as the region’s first health information exchange, and a strategic initiative of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, safely and securely connects public and private healthcare providers across the Emirate. Currently, Malaffi is on its way to connecting 95% of all hospitals in Abu Dhabi and covers 87% of all episodes within the Emirate.

There are already 241 million unique clinical records in Malaffi, collated from any medical interaction a patient has, including information about allergies, laboratory tests, radiology reports, previous diagnosis, procedures and more. Our plan is to expand the scope of information that is contributed by healthcare providers, which will further increase the clinical value of the available information.

Providing instant access to over 33,000 end-users currently, Malaffi increases patient safety by reducing potential diagnostic and treatment errors. It is thought that up to 18% of patient safety errors and as many as 70% of adverse drug reactions could be eliminated if the right information about the right patient, was made available.

The impact of these issues is apparent, which is why events like the Patient Safety event by Informa Markets, proudly supported by Malaffi, is such an important platform. Every year it enables advocates of patient safety to come together, collaborate and explore innovative solutions to current challenges, as well as highlighting the intrinsic need to make safety a global health priority.

Providing instant access to over 33,000 end-users currently, Malaffi increases patient safety by reducing potential diagnostic and treatment errors. It is thought that up to 18% of patient safety errors and as many as 70% of adverse drug reactions could be eliminated if the right information about the right patient, was made available.

The impact of these issues is apparent, which is why events like the Patient Safety event by Informa Markets, proudly supported by Malaffi, is such an important platform. Every year it enables advocates of patient safety to come together, collaborate and explore innovative solutions to current challenges, as well as highlighting the intrinsic need to make safety a global health priority.

How do you see patient safety evolving?

In recent months, the pandemic has resulted in an accelerated digital transformation within healthcare, on a global scale. In many ways, this has been facilitated by the ability to connect different sources of healthcare information and create databases that provide meaningful.

In recent months, the pandemic has resulted in an accelerated digital transformation within healthcare, on a global scale. In many ways, this has been facilitated by the ability to connect different sources of healthcare information and create databases that provide meaningful insights. This is helping to address patient safety in many positive ways.

Here in Abu Dhabi, the availability of real-time data throughout the pandemic has allowed the Department of Health to strengthen its response. With technology supporting the more efficient allocation of resources, better capacity planning and utilisation, we have felt truly safe.

Furthermore, Malaffi has enabled all vaccine data to be centralised, supporting the Department of Heath’s efficient digital vaccination programme. This has contributed to the UAE’s ambition to have half of its people vaccinated by March.

Looking ahead, Malaffi is paving the way for the introduction of AI and machine learning technologies to further improve care coordination and public health management. Efforts are also underway to launch an app to give patients access to their Malaffi file, which will empower them to better engage in managing their health.

This article was published in insights from healthcare leaders at Patient Safety – the COVID -19  Virtual edition, and it can be found here.

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