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Monday, October 18, 2010

Dubai simplifies procedures for medical fitness tests

By PMA RASHEED
17 Oct 2010, The Gulf Today

The documentation for medical fitness tests to issue or renew employment and residency visas of expatriates in Dubai has been made easier, as the health regulatory body revamped its online interface.
The new website of the Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) has an enhanced online patient record system, through which the patients can easily access to their medical records, according to a DHA spokesperson.
Licensing procedures for medical professionals and health facilities also have been made simpler through the brand-new web portal www.dha.gov.ae, which was unveiled on Sunday at GITEX 2010.
Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director General of the DHA, said that the enhanced medical fitness interface for the expatriates will enable them to get the service through simplified procedures.
“The system will automatically propose packages for the applicants, based upon their job description, if they simply enter healthcare number and occupation in the specified space on the portal,” he added.
According to him, the system can also provide package options depending on the urgency level, enabling the users avail details in lesser time.
“Once the requisite package has been selected,” Al Murooshid pointed out, “payment can be made online and the visa applicant can choose the nearest health centre for conducting the tests, the results of which will be sent online to the Dubai Naturalisation and Immigration Department (DNRD).”
According to the DHA chief, the comprehensive information and e-services showcased online will cater to the specific needs of different categories including patients, students, researchers, employees, professionals and investors.
“It will be a comprehensive platform for all e-government health requirements, ensuring tailored information. The search options for physicians or health and pharmaceutical establishments in private and public sectors will help the residents seek preferred services,” indicated Al Murooshid.
Mubaraka Ibrahim, Director of IT Section at the DHA, said that the enhanced online patient medical record system will help the patients to use the authority’s health facilities to book and reschedule their appointments.
“The patients also can check their medical results, access to medical reports and medication online and transfer their medical files from one DHA health centre to another,” she added.
“The procedures for renewal and issuance of license for medical professionals and healthcare facilities have also been eased through the website’s dedicated regulation sub-link, through which the applicants can obtain specific information they require and apply online,” elaborated Ibrahim.
“The main portal has been designed with 12 new sub-sites for the government hospitals, medical education and health regulation departments, and centres for blood research, donation, Thalassemia, Genetics, medical fitness and health services.
“The integrated website also features Google mapping of the DHA facilities, alerts and notifications for customers and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) option,” she concluded.

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