May 17, 2020

The UAE and the US extend their partnership with new stroke initiative

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Catherine Sturman
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The UAE has contributed $50 million towards the development of a new institute surrounding stroke research and development. It is part of a long-standin...

The UAE has contributed $50 million towards the development of a new institute surrounding stroke research and development. It is part of a long-standing partnership between Washington and the UAE, and will enable the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute to open in the spring.

Named after UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa, the institute will focus on enhancing its service offering within stroke treatment, where one will focus on detection and diagnosis, and the other on treatment and rehabilitation, the Gulf News reports.

The $50 million grant has been regarded as one of the largest placed towards a stroke-based initiative, and will cater towards the growing number of stroke cases in both countries. In the UAE, it has been found that up to 10,000 strokes occur per year in citizens aged under 50. This number is significantly higher in the US, where it has been noted that strokes numbers have reached near to 800,000 cases per annum.

“We are grateful for the UAE’s gift, which enables us to leverage our considerable strengths in neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation in combination with our expertise in biomedical engineering and patient safety to develop new tools for stroke diagnosis, treatment and recovery,” commented Paul Rothman, MD, Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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“These efforts will improve the health of millions of people in Baltimore, the UAE and around the world, with the added benefit of bringing down health care costs.”

The middle east is placing significant investment in its bid to become one of the top places for patient care, and is building strong partnerships with new and existing partners in order to achieve its goals. Since the 1970s, the growth of public and private hospitals has reached record levels, where the country has built a diverse portfolio and is renowned for specialising in IVF and fertility treatment.

“I think we are at a pivotal point in stroke care where we now have the tools, technology and drugs to apply to the right patients at the right time,” McArthur said. “Some of the barriers to delivering care we are still trying to figure out,” said Justin McArthur, Director of the new institute.

“This new institute will not only generate better outcomes for stroke patients in the UAE and the US but will also strengthen opportunities for collaboration between UAE and US scientists and researchers,” noted Yousuf Mana’a Saeed Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US.

“We are grateful to Johns Hopkins for their continued leadership in patient-centred medicine and are proud of our long-standing partnership.”

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Jul 26, 2021

Slovenia launches EU COVID pass built on Better Platform

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Slovenia launches EU COVID pass built on Better Platform
Slovenia's digital healthcare system enabled the EU Digital COVID Certificate to be developed in just 3 weeks

Slovenia has launched its EU Digital COVID Certificate, also known as the Digital Green Certificate, which was developed in only three weeks and built on top of a national clinical data repository (CDR) powered by the Better Platform. 

The service generates a certificate based on the data available in Slovenia’s national CDR. The COVID certificate uses integrated care record data such as demographic data, vaccination and test result data that is already available. The data is made available through previously established services by the national COVID-19 screening data management solution and the national eVaccination registry – so there is no need for additional data to be generated solely for certificate purposes. 

This rapid development of EU Digital Covid Certificate was made possible by an open-platform approach. It has also been created so that it can used by different systems, providing a vendor-neutral exchange of documents, and is available on-demand in digital or PDF form, with QR codes.

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed national health systems to quickly develop new digital solutions for including to manage epidemiological data, and organise COVID-19 tests and vaccinations. The EU Digital COVID Certificate is the latest example of a solution that was developed at this new fast pace to allow citizens to travel safely this summer. 

The Slovenian healthcare system already had a national eHealth infrastructure, enabling data to be shared via an integrated care record that makes data available for any digital service instantly, at scale and volume. 

Currently, Slovenia's healthcare system includes: 

 * more than 150 million health records for 2.1 million unique individuals (98% of the population)
 * more than 86% (135 million) of records in the form of structured data that uses openEHR models
 * more than 4 million records of COVID-19 test results
 * unstructured data that includes discharge summaries, clinical notes, opt-in statements, consent documents and other clinical data
 * data which is sent to the national system by more than 1,250 registered healthcare providers in Slovenia

Initially, the digital health platform enabled the Slovenian Ministry of Health to respond rapidly and deploy a COVID-19 screening data management solution on a county-wide level in just 14 days. With vaccination data available through the national eVaccination registry, there was no need for additional data to be generated solely to create the COVID certificate. 

“We are happy that we already had the suitable IT infrastructure in place in Slovenia" said  Minister of Health Janez Poklukar. "It allowed us to respond quickly and provide the necessary digital solutions that support the efforts of medical and epidemiological teams to manage the pandemic, as well as to allow our citizens to travel freely.” 

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