Dubai Health Authority launches new neurology, stroke unit

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched a new Neurology and Stroke Unit at Rashid Hospital on Monday.

His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA inaugurated ward 25 along with a number of DHA officials.

The new Neurology and Stroke Unit has an 18-bed capacity and focuses on offering specialised neurology services to the average 20,000 annual visitors (both outpatients and inpatient) the neurology department receives.

Commenting on the opening of the centre, Al Qutami said: “The expansions are in line with the authority’s goals of providing specialised medical care to the community. The DHA strives to continuously develop all medical departments across DHA facilities and ensure that they are equipped with the latest state-of-the art technologies and qualified staff.”

Al Qutami commended businessman Mr Yousef Mohammad Hadi Badri for sponsoring the new unit and contributing to the developmental drive of the health sector in Dubai.

Dr. Abu Baker Al Madani, the Head of the Neurology Department in Rashid Hospital said the Neurology department in Rashid hospital is the largest Neurology service centre in UAE, catering to more than 20,000 patients every year (reaching 22,700 in 2018).

“The department’s scope of services include: emergency service (24/7), outpatient clinics (general and specialised), inpatients including critical care patients, inpatient consultations in Dubai hospital and Latifa hospital, electrophysiological studies, specialised procedures including Botox injections, baclofen pump and DBS programming to name a few,” he said.

In addition, Dr Madani added that the department serves as primary training centre for neurology residents and for periodic training for residents from sister specialties.

“We have dedicated Neurology ward for high and low dependency patients including acute stoke patients and specialised epilepsy monitoring unit. Our inpatient unit receives between 600 to 1,000 patients per year and the most common admissions under neurology service includes acute stroke thrombolysis and intervention, neurological emergencies (including status epilepticus, myasthenic crisis, transverse myelitis, auto immune encephalitis, neuroleptic malignant syndrome etc..).”said Dr Madani

Meanwhile, the department’s outpatient clinics, which receive between 15,000 to 20,000 visits every year includes—in addition to general neurology services—specialized clinics for MS, movement disorders, neuromuscular, epilepsy, dystonia clinic and electrophysiology to name a few.

The neurology department also launched peripheral outreach Headache clinics in Nad Al Hamr and Al Barsha PHCs. Other notable clinics include the telemedicine smart clinic, telephonic clinic, infusion clinic and visiting neurologist clinics, where international experts for MS, Epilepsy, movement disorders and neuromuscular disorders assess selected patients in Rashid hospital. Neurology team provides in-hospital consult for patients requiring neurology evaluation within Rashid hospital, Dubai hospital and Latifa hospital. They provide around 600 to 800 consultations per month.

The department also provides a neurology residency programme and teaching programme for undergraduates from Dubai Medical College to name a few of its academic endeavors.

Among the department’s many achievements is receiving a German stroke society accreditation- for the stroke unit, having ongoing registries for Multiple sclerosis, Neuropathy, headache, movement disorders and epilepsy and establishing a centre of excellence for Multiple Sclerosis, to name a few.

“We are also on the path for establishing centres of excellence for neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, epilepsy and headache,” added Dr Madani.

Dr Al Madani concluded by sharing the departments future plans of establishing a full epilepsy-monitoring unit, provide initial Trans magnetic stimulation for treatment for headache, back and neck pain and depression and provide a fellowship programme for neurophysiology, stroke and multiple sclerosis, to name a few.

This press release was submitted by Dubai Health Authority.
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Hill-Rom expands digital health capabilities in new global collaboration with Microsoft

Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC), a global medical technology company, announced on January 8, a collaboration with Microsoft to bring advanced, actionable point-of-care data and solutions to caregivers and healthcare provider organizations.

Hill-Rom, a global medical technology company, announced on January 8, a collaboration with Microsoft to bring advanced, actionable point-of-care data and solutions to caregivers and healthcare provider organizations.

The combined offerings, using Microsoft Azure®, are intended to dynamically analyze real-time sensing data from medical devices and historical medical record information, and communicate potential patient risk and hospital protocol actions directly to caregivers at the point of care.

The solutions combine Hill-Rom’s deep clinical knowledge and streaming operational data from medical devices, and Microsoft’s cloud, including Azure® IoT and Azure® Machine Learning, to help drive enhanced patient outcomes. The Hill-Rom® digital solution offerings will be available to hospitals beginning later in 2019.

“Information and connectivity are critical to providing quality healthcare, reducing length of stay, driving efficiencies across the healthcare continuum and providing clinical and economic value,” said Hill-Rom President and CEO John Groetelaars. “Our collaboration with Microsoft will help clinicians identify, communicate and mitigate patient risk in real-time, advancing our vision of connected care to address customer challenges and enhance patient outcomes.”

Hill-Rom’s connected solutions will integrate data from the company’s medical devices (including smart hospital bed systems, vital signs monitors and other connected devices) and hospitals’ electronic medical records through a common gateway infrastructure.

The combination of medical device data and Azure Machine Learning will help assess and analyze critical and secure information at the bedside, delivering actionable insights to clinicians that can help reduce costly complications and enhance efficiency and patient outcomes.

In addition to localized and cloud-based patient risk identification and communications, the collaboration with Microsoft offers hospitals simplified installation, integration, information security and support while enabling scalability and flexibility for IT departments across the globe.

“Microsoft’s AI capabilities make Azure an ideal platform for Hill-Rom’s new digital offerings. The powerful combination of Hill-Rom’s proven applications with Azure will help empower organizations across all industries, and especially in the health market,” Chris Sakalosky, Vice President, US Health & Life Sciences, Microsoft Corp.

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NMC Healthcare reveals plan for new Sharjah hospital

NMC Healthcare has announced plans to expand its network in Sharjah with a multi-specialty hospital in the Al Khan neighborhood of the emirate.

The hospital is expected to start operations by the end of 2019, the London listed company said in a statement.

It added that the 70-bed hospital includes a total of 20 consultation rooms, pre and post-operative rooms, triage centre, emergency room, labour and delivery suites, ICU, MRI, CT scanner, laboratory and pharmacy.

The hospital will also house centres of excellence and clinics such as obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, urology, endocrinology, ENT, internal medicine, family medicine, dentistry, general surgery.

Prasanth Manghat, CEO and executive director NMC Health, said: “We are having a prominent presence in Sharjah, first with Al Zahra Hospital, the country’s foremost private sector hospital, and then with our network of over 15 medical centres. This new hospital would not only cater to the underserved community of 25,000 families residing nearby but would also serve as a bridge between our medical centres and the tertiary care provider.”

NMC Health has an international network of healthcare facilities in the UAE and GCC, US, Europe and South America consisting of over 200 facilities across 19 countries, catering to about 8.5 million patients per year.

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New $81m hospital set to open in Ajman

Saudi German Hospitals Group says 200-bed hospital in Ajman will commence operations soon.

22 March, 2019 – – Saudi German Hospitals Group, one of the largest private hospital groups in the MENA region, said on Tuesday it is set to open a new AED300 million ($81 million) healthcare facility in Ajman.

The tertiary-care speciality and sub-speciality facility will be the biggest hospital in Ajman, designed to cater to the growing population across all northern emirates.

Spanning over 41,062 square metres, the 200-bed hospital will commence operations soon, the company said in a statement.

With 46 clinics and over 20 specialities, Saudi German Hospital, Ajman, will be the group’s third healthcare facility in the UAE, and 10th across the MENA region.

Dr Reem Osman, CEO of Saudi German Hospitals Group – UAE, said: “Saudi German Group has a very well-thought out expansion programme to reach out to maximum number of patients in the UAE and the new state-of-the-art facility in Ajman is part of the plan.

“With two hospitals successfully running in Dubai and Sharjah, we aim to simulate the same international standards in SGH-Ajman that we have adopted in our other facilities.”

Osman added: “The hospital is the first phase of our expansion; in the second phase, we plan to build centres of excellence, medical colleges and staff accommodation, among other features. Together they will make up the Batterjee Medical City, work for which has already begun in Dubai.”

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