95% of Abu Dhabi based hospitals are now connected to Malaffi as announced by the Department of Health
- 95% of all hospitals within Abu Dhabi that use Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are now sharing data with Malaffi.
- This constitutes 55 out of 58 hospitals with EMR systems within the Emirate. It brings the number of unique clinical records in Malaffi close to 241 million and captures more than 85% of the total number of inpatient and outpatient that have come across in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The region’s first Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform – Malaffi, one of the key initiatives of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH), has today announced that 95% of hospitals within Abu Dhabi that use Electronic Medical Records, have connected their systems to Malaffi. Malaffi now safely and securely links together a total of 1075 public and private facilities across the Emirate. Abiding by the highest standards of security and privacy, Malaffi allows the meaningful, real-time sharing of important patient health information between healthcare providers, generating a centralised database of unified patient records. This marks an important step towards bringing the Emirate of Abu Dhabi closer to its goal of bringing together all of Abu Dhabi’s healthcare facilities later in 2021, with all hospital EMRs expected to be connected in the months coming .
This milestone means that over 35,000 doctors, nurses and other members of care teams have access to Malaffi and are better-informed, more efficient and take secure decisions to get access to important medical information, such as patient visits, medical conditions, allergies, procedures, lab results, radiology reports and medications, accumulated from 37 different EMR systems.
“In Abu Dhabi, we have achieved an important milestone in transforming the healthcare sector by connecting most of the Emirate's hospitals and a large percentage of other healthcare facilities. This will contribute to improving the sector’s performance and providing the best levels of care to residents of the Emirate. Thanks to the directives and support of the wise leadership, innovative platforms such as Malaffi play a prominent and pivotal role in this transformation, the subsequent development of a stronger, more informed, and knowledge founded healthcare system.” said H.E Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Acting Undersecretary of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi
“Reaching this milestone is a truly wonderful achievement for Malaffi. It signifies a key milestone for us that gets us closer to seeing every provider in Abu Dhabi, both public and private being connected. In the last two years, we kept our focus clear on our mission to enable a safe and secure exchange of patient health information to enhance quality healthcare and patient outcomes. We look forward to further successes in 2021”. said Atif Al Braiki, the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Health Data Services, the operator of Malaffi
Since the launch, we have witnessed major participation and interests from the medical community, which includes the Emirate’s largest healthcare groups such as SEHA, Mediclinic, Mubadala Health, NMC, VPS and UEMedical. In a study about Malaffi users, reduction in replicating of laboratory and radiology investigations, as well as elimination of allergic reactions, were noted among the most valuable benefits of Malaffi. Other benefits granted by the medical community includes Malaffi’s role in improving the speed of diagnosis, supporting clinical decision-making, and reducing medication duplications and errors, together with improving efficiency of the healthcare system.
Dr. Martin Lascano, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, and member of the Malaffi Clinical Advisory Committee, commented: “At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, our patient-centric model involves multidisciplinary teams so it is critical that all caregivers know and understand the patient’s needs. Wherever they have received prior treatment in Abu Dhabi, Malaffi now allows our caregivers to have a much clearer picture of the medical history of the patient we are seeing, which improves patient experience and helps us establish a trust-based relationship. We are working closely with the team at Malaffi on continual improvements of the system and maximising its potential in a way that will help us provide better care. Patients are thrilled to know that we now have such a system in Abu Dhabi, and it reassures them that they are taken care of in the best possible way.”
The ease with which the platform has integrated into hospitals’ existing EMR systems is the key to the success of Malaffi. In a survey of healthcare providers by KLAS Research, a company which interacts with end-users to gather insights aimed at improving healthcare delivery, Malaffi stakeholders were universally satisfied with the system. They reported about the positive outcomes in terms of prevention of repetitive testing, premium quality and more accurate care, and easy access to patient data from other providers. Almost 25% reports noticed immediate outcomes and over 50% have seen outcomes within just six months. Organisations confirmed that the data they have access to provides real value and are looking forward to continue feature developments.