The number of private health facilities in Dubai is increasing
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has recently announced that there has been a four percent increase in private health facilities in Dubai, highlighting a steady increase within Q2. The figure incorporates pharmacies, diagnostic and dental centres, private hospitals and specialty centres.
Additionally, 12 new private hospitals will open in Dubai by 2020, housing over 800 beds. The number of private hospitals within Dubai will leap to 38, surpassing the number of public hospitals in the region, in addition to current hospitals under expansion.
With growing insecurities surrounding public hospitals within Dubai, the region is is continually tackling this lack of public confidence, which is in the midst of being overhauled, against rising costs in both public and private hospital care.
Despite these challenges, the private healthcare market continues to grow and attract investment, at which Dubai is transforming its medical systems and processes to ensure the delivery of high standards to meet the needs of patients and adhere to strict regulations, implementing new initiatives and technologies.
“The numbers prove that Dubai has succeeded in attracting investment, which reflects Dubai’s competitive capabilities and its ability to accommodate various sectors and international facilities from all over the world, who chose to make Dubai their investment destination,” announced Dr Marwan Al Mulla, Director of the Health Regulation Department.
This significant growth in line with Dubai’s Expo 2020 vision, includes 26 hospitals, four fertility centres, 34 one-day-surgery centres, 1,624 specialised and general medical complexes, 82 dental treatment centres and laboratories, 868 pharmacies and 38 health examination and house nursing facilities, according to Gulf News.
Additionally, the Health Regulation Department has announced that there are now over 36,000 licensed physicians situated within the private sector, with over 13,000 being new licenses – further highlighting an increase within private healthcare.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
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.”