May 17, 2020

KBBO Group acquires 60% of Mobile Doctors 24-7

healthcare
Dubai healthcare
Catherine Sturman
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Established back in 2004, investment group KBBO has recently invested 60% of Mobile Doctors 24-7, a round-the-clock, state of the art Population Health...

Established back in 2004, investment group KBBO has recently invested 60% of Mobile Doctors 24-7, a round-the-clock, state of the art Population Health Management provider, which has become the most popular in the region. With a diverse portfolio, from healthcare to real estate development, KBBO Group is fully developing its foothold within the Middle East.

The acquisition makes KBBO Group the majority shareholder in MD 24-7, following its monumental success in what has been a transformational year.

With over 145,000 registered members, Mobile Doctors 24-7 has become fully patient centred, and enables patients to be seen in their own home by fully trained doctors, offering 24-hour medical and wellness concierge services. The use of innovative technologies, such as voice and video call, enhances this flexibility, as well as the use of live chat, doctor visits and clinics. MD 24-7 has over 230 multinational corporate clients in multiple countries including employers, insurance carriers, brokerage firms, TPAs as well as telecom carriers such as Etisalat.

Mobile Doctors 24-7 offers bidirectional and integrated mobile application, state of the art 24-7 Call Centre staffed with General Practitioners, Family Medicine specialists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Pharmacists, Wellness Advisors, nurses and Case Managers. The division also provides “Hospital at Home Program” which is licensed by Johns Hopkins University, saving approximately 50% of alternative cost, according to a press release.

Yazen Abu Gulal, KBBO Group CEO, said: “Mobile Doctors 24-7 is a valuable asset that is a natural fit for KBBO’s numerous healthcare assets such as Emirates Hospitals and CosmeSurge.

Raouf Khalil, Founder and CEO of Mobile Doctors 24-7 also commented, “This is a critically important step forward in scaling our true healthcare solution that aligns both consumers and payers. The combination of our one of a kind delivery system with the support of KBBO Group and its strong presence in the healthcare sector assures MD 24-7 future is in good hands.”

 

 

 

 

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Jun 23, 2021

NHSX releases new data plans, experts call for transparency

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NHS
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NHSX has published a new strategy for patient data sharing, with experts calling for transparency

Patients in England will get "greater control" over their health and care data according to new proposals set out by the government. 

In a new draft strategy called "Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data", Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock says that more effective use of data will deliver better patient-focused care. "This strategy seeks to put people in control of their own data, while supporting the NHS in creating a modernised system fit for the 21st century which puts patients and staff in pole position." 

Under the new plans people will be able to access their medical records from different parts of the health system through different applications, to access test results, medication lists, procedures and care plans. 

The strategy, published by NHSX, the government department that sets policies for the use of technology within the NHS, follows delays to the creation of a central database of patient records amid concerns over data sharing and a lack of transparency, with critics saying that only a small proportion of the public were made aware of the plans and the choice to opt out. 

Kevin Curran,  senior member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Ulster, says that moving health records online raises concerns. "The move to an online app does seem like a natural progression, however there is a difference between having computerised records within our healthcare IT infrastructure and having those records reside on a public facing server. 

"Having records inhouse limits the range and type of access – it's far more difficult for remote hackers" Curran said. "There are techniques that healthcare organisations can use to reduce the risk of future data breaches. One way is to make it ‘opt in’, so patients have the choice to decide whether their medical information is moved to a public facing service so that they can access it. 

"However, those who do not opt in or download the app instead should have their records hosted in a non-public-facing cloud service. This way, if a data breach does occur, those who never used the app, or not wanted to, will not have had their details released." 

The new strategy has been welcomed by some, with an emphasis on the need for transparency.  Adam Steventon, Director of Data Analytics at the Health Foundation, said: "Health data has played a critical role in the last year – from tracking COVID-19 outbreaks and developing treatments, to getting people booked in for their vaccines. It is critical that the use of data is accelerated if the NHS is to tackle the backlog of care and address the massive health challenges facing the country. 

"It is particularly positive that the government has committed to building analytical and data science capability in the NHS and to improving data on social care. To ensure the full potential of data can be realised, the government must ensure transparency on how it will be used and the rights and options people have, as well as engaging with the public and health care professionals to build trust and show people how their data can improve the NHS and save lives." 

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