May 17, 2020

The Dubai Health Authority aims to build healthcare partnerships with Sweden

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Dubai healthcare
Catherine Sturman
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Dubai Health Authority
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) have recently announced their vision to build international partnerships with healthcare leaders to support its goal in...

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) have recently announced their vision to build international partnerships with healthcare leaders to support its goal in developing a comprehensive and integrated health model across the UAE.

One area of increased interest is Sweden, where Emirati medical students could study abroad in various medical specialties in order to develop its students’ abilities and skills, providing them with the best medical practices and experiences.

The region is set on expanding its focus within the growing medical tourism market, and the development of its medical tourism strategy 2017-2021. By signing an MoU with the Ministry of Economy, the DHA will aim to boost its numbers and become a leader within the medical tourism market on a global scale, partnering with both government and private health providers to accomplish this feat.

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Dr Layla Al Marzouqi, Director of Medical Tourism at DHA has said, “Dubai is a leading health tourism destination — number-one in the region and 16th globally. DHA recently announced a growth of 9.5% over 2015 on the number of international medical tourists who availed health services in Dubai.”

Dr Al Marzouqi, added: “Dubai’s objective is to attract 500,000 plus international health tourists visiting Dubai by 2021 and to become the world’s most sought-after health tourism experience.

Additionally, the DHA are continually embracing new technologies, and are moving towards an integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, in order to support its medical staff and house confidential patient records on a centralised, secure platform, which is then available by all medical professionals across the region’s healthcare sector. This will support a reduction in cost, waiting times and provide coordinated, personalised and effective patient care.

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data


However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”


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