DHA holds innovation lab to envision future of health in the next 50 years

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) held an innovation lab titled “Health Future Vision 2071” on Tuesday to envision the future of health in Dubai for in the next 50 years. “Health Future Vision 2071”, aims to incubate ideas by inspiring attendees to imagine a future where we already overcame medical challenges that are yet to be solved through technologies and procedures that don’t yet exist. The innovation lab focused on seven key themes identified by the DHA based on futuristic studies by local and international organizations.

The seven themes included: future health experience, wholesome lifestyle, young forever, pain-free life, space medicine, future health economics and human 2.0. Each of the divided teams tackled one of the themes to come up with innovative ideas that can be transformed into services to be developed by the DHA to enhance the quality of life and support integrated healthcare systems. The authority held “Health Future Vision 2071” in line with the year of preparations for the next 50 years announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

H.E Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa, Commissioner General of the “health and knowledge” sector, His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA and Khalifa Hassan Al Darrai, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services in addition to a number of officials attended the event. During his opening speech, Al Qutami said that the DHA brought entities from the public and private sector under one roof to work together towards one goal, which is building the future of health, in order to ensure that generations to come have access to quality advanced healthcare services. He stressed that the idea of holding an innovation lab for the future of health was inspired by the Fifty- Year Charter, which was issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to transform Dubai into the city of future, health and happiness. He stressed the importance of today’s innovation lab, which focuses on envisioning the future of how health will look like in 2071 and incubating ideas based on that, adding that miraculous accomplishments like landing on the moon and flying planes began with a thought and a dream.

He concluded by saying that Dubai has all the required tools to be the best in everything it seeks to accomplish, these success factors have enabled Dubai to fulfill all these achievements in the past and hopefully in the future. Fatima Abbas, CEO of Strategy and Corporate Development at the DHA stressed that the authority ensured that the seven themes are aligned with the goals of UAE’s Centennial Vision to make the UAE the world's leading nation by 2071, the Fifty-year charter and the strategic goals of the UAE. She added that the themes, were also based on international studies and findings and on studies by the Dubai Future Foundation. She stressed that the authority ensured to include officials from its key stakeholders and strategic partners in the government and private sector including representatives from the Dubai Executive Council, Dewa, Dubai Police, RTA, Dubai Municipality, Abu Dhabi Healthcare Services (SEHA), Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services and medical educational institutions.

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