Abu Dhabi DoH & US-based IHI collaborate to enhance healthcare quality

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the emirate, and the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI), a prestigious global non-profit organization based in Boston, US, have agreed to advance and execute programs for continuous improvement of the quality of healthcare.

The cooperation seeks to set a solid framework and establish regulatory foundations to achieve unified quality healthcare outcomes in Abu Dhabi and globally.

The MoU was signed by H.E. Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Undersecretary of DoH and Dr. Kedar Mate, President and CEO of IHI, in the presence of H.E. Hind Al Zaabi, Executive Director of Healthcare Facilities at DoH, and Mr. Nana Twum-Danso, MD, MPH, FACPM, ​Senior Vice President at IHI.

This is in line with DoH’s efforts to continuously create opportunities for knowledge and experience exchange, and improvement of the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Quality Index (Muashir) and the global quality of healthcare services. Through this collaboration, DoH seeks to elevate the field of primary care to meet the patient’s medical needs and achieve the highest level of care.

Hind Al Zaabi
Hind Al Zaabi
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Healthcare facilities sector

“We are proud to join hands with the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) which continues to play an integral role in the advancement of healthcare quality globally. Since its establishment 30 years ago, IHI has followed a unique approach through working with health systems, countries and healthcare organizations to improve quality, safety and value in healthcare. Cross collaboration across the global healthcare sector is a key pillar as we reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as a global destination for world-class healthcare.”

The MoU will focus on developing an integrated system that promotes innovation and boosts licensing, training, inspection and monitoring systems for healthcare providers to ensure the highest level of care across the emirate.

In an effort to boost national capabilities and provide healthcare professionals with learning opportunities, both entities will conduct regular workshops, conferences and seminars in accordance with international standards and global best practices for both the public and private sectors in Abu Dhabi.

Mr. Mate commented that “IHI is proud to be a partner in Abu Dhabi’s health care quality journey, and this MOU will be a pivotal next step to embed quality and safety across the health services. Together we will leverage the insights produced from the Muashir Index to create a comprehensive system of quality that will enable Abu Dhabi to reach world-class levels of quality, and maintain those improvements over time. We applaud the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi for its commitment to quality and to improving health outcomes for the people you serve.”

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