Mediclinic acquires two medical clinics in Dubai
Private international healthcare provider, Mediclinic, has announced that it is set to acquire outpatient facility Dubai based City Centre Clinics Deira and Me’aisem from Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa.
Mediclinic Middle East currently operates six hospitals and 23 clinics with more than 700 inpatient beds in the United Arab Emirates.
Established in 2013, City Centre Clinics Deira encompasses two day-care surgery theatres and 18 medical disciplines, whilst City Centre Clinic Me’aisem houses a smaller community clinic focused on six core disciplines.
Both clinics serve strategic geographic locations which could refer higher acuity inpatient cases to existing Mediclinic hospitals and the forthcoming Mediclinic Parkview Hospital. Significant potential also exists to attract additional doctors and over time to grow patient volumes and revenues.
The clinics can also be efficiently integrated into Mediclinic’s clinical governance framework, support systems and brand.
City Centre Clinic Deira was originally built to provide quality healthcare to shopping mall visitors as part of its integrated lifestyle offering. This agreement will give Mediclinic the opportunity to partner with Majid Al Futtaim in future locations, increasing Mediclinic’s brand recognition within high footfall retail environments, a strategy which has been successfully implemented with existing Mediclinic primary healthcare facilities in other malls.
“Following the success of existing mall clinics in Dubai, Mediclinic identified an opportunity with Majid Al Futtaim at City Centre Clinics Deira and Me’aisem to build additional presence in some of Dubai’s leading retail and entertainment hubs,” explained David Hadley, CEO of Mediclinic Middle East.
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Fully committed to supporting medical professionals across the Middle East, Mediclinic has also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fatima College of Health Sciences to facilitate academic collaboration and create learning and development opportunities for UAE Nationals.
The MoU will pave the way for students enrolled in Nursing, Health Emergency (paramedics), Pharmacy, Radiography and Physiotherapy to experience on-the-job training in various Mediclinic facilities across the UAE.
“Partnerships with educational institutions such as Fatima College of Health Sciences creates an avenue for UAE Nationals to hone their clinical skills through the provision of patient-centric learning experiences under the supervision and guidance of clinical professionals at various Mediclinic facilities,” said Dr. Tarek Fathey, Chief Operating Office of Mediclinic East.
Additionally, with the launch of new digital tools across the healthcare space, Mediclinic has also integrated AI-driven solution company Vectra’s Cognito software to fully support its aim to protect patient data from potential cyber-attacks.
"Cognito gives us consistent, real-time visibility to detect and respond to cyberattacks, no matter where they occur," commented Marais Coetzee, Group Security Architect at Mediclinic. "The visual quality of this instant feedback lets us respond faster and more decisively to stop advanced threats."
"The healthcare industry is one of the top targets of cyberattacks and lives are literally at stake," said Vectra CEO Hitesh Sheth. "With Cognito, healthcare organisations have visibility into attacker behaviours in cloud and data centre workloads and user and IoT devices, enabling them to stop attacks in progress and improve the efficiency of security operations."
Advances in health "must ensure self-sovereign identity"
The UK government has announced that from September onwards COVID-19 vaccine passports will be necessary to gain entry into places with large crowds, such as nightclubs.
This has reignited the debate between those who believe having proof of vaccinations will enable people to gather in public places and travel safely, and those who view the digital certificates as an attack on personal freedom.
The arguments have increased in intensity since the recent announcement to drop COVID-19 restrictions in England, in a move to reopen the economy that has attracted fierce criticism both domestically and overseas.
Cross-party ministers are set to defy the government’s latest plans to introduce vaccine passports over civil liberties concerns. A number of MPs have already signed the Big Brother Watch declaration against “Covid status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs” in recent months.
However Mark Shaw, CEO of Tento Applied Sciences, says the Big Brother Watch campaign is based on false assumptions. “Big Brother Watch puts forward a compelling argument based around civil liberties, but some of the assumptions they make are simply incorrect” he says.
“For example, the BBW campaign claims that all Covid passes are discriminatory, counterproductive and would lead to British citizens having to share personal health information with anyone in authority, from bouncers to bosses. However, there are already privacy-first digital wallets that give individuals the freedom to store and share anonymised medical documents, work credentials and other types of documentation quickly, simply, and securely.
“I wholeheartedly agree that individuals should not be required to share their own personal health information with unknown third parties or with anyone in authority who demands it" Shaw adds. "But I strongly disagree with the suggestion that ‘events and businesses are either safe to open for everyone, or no one’. It creates a false dichotomy that either everyone is safe, or nobody is safe. If employers or event organisers don’t take action to properly manage workplace or venue safety, then they risk curtailing the safety and freedom of movement for the majority."
The subject of personal health data is under scrutiny in the UK at the moment, following controversial plans for the NHS to share patient data with third parties. These have been put on hold following public criticism.
Meanwhile a new report has found that the majority of the British public is willing to embrace digital healthcare tools such as apps and digital therapies prescribed by a trusted healthcare professional.
Shaw adds: “The vital point to make is this: innovations in health technology must ensure self-sovereign identity. This means the data held about an individual is owned by the individual and stored on their device. And, in the case of medical data, that data can be delivered from healthcare professionals to the device in an encrypted format, and the user chooses how they share their information."