The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) announced that it has received the Platinum Accreditation Certificate from IdeasUK for the management of employee idea systems and institutional innovation as the world's first health partner. The Ministry has been participating and winning for two years in a row and has gained platinum accreditation from IdeasUK of 2017, the highest rating given by the British Society.
The winning idea is the design of a device that monitors and measures heartbeats of heart patients and sends messages to five different parties, and determines the patient’s location to be accessible and treated as soon as possible if the reading of the heartbeat is abnormal. The device was designed by Ms. Rehab Al-Ahmad, Computer Engineer at MOHAP.
The achievement came after MOHAP’s participation at the Annual IdeasUk Conference, where the Ministry competed in the category of ideas presented and won the merit of the best idea in the field of client focus. The Ministry also won the best idea for 2017 among all winning ideas in all categories.
IdeasUK is one of the world's leading and well-known institutions for its role in implementing standards to consolidate and strengthen idea management and innovation systems in the corporate environment.
His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health & Prevention, praised this remarkable achievement and stressed that the UAE continues to consolidate its position as one of the best countries in creating advanced proactive solutions for all vital sectors in line with global trends and meeting the growing needs of government work in the UAE. In the belief of the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, that innovation is the future capital of the UAE.
H.E. added: "We are beginning to challenge the future from now and strive to make our government institutions attractive environments for the future through innovation, building future models within government strategies, building national innovation capabilities, forging international partnerships and developing innovative laboratories under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to build a competitive knowledge economy that will consolidate sustainable achievements towards achieving the vision of the UAE 2021 to reach the ranks of the most innovative countries in the world.”
H.E. Dr. Mohamed Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention, affirmed that the Ministry's success in this prestigious international accreditation comes in line with the implementation of the national innovation strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world by 2021.
It also demonstrates the existence of an incubator environment that empowers and encourages employees to share their ideas, provide unique and innovative solutions, and promote excellence and leadership. The Ministry is keen to support idea management systems and innovation, encourage the submission of proposals and honor the best suggestions and innovations periodically.
H.E. Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, MOHAP’s Assistant Undersecretary for Support Services, said that the achievement underscores the Ministry's success in adopting a culture of innovation and design of innovative solutions that contribute to meeting current and future challenges and transforming it into a ministry of initiative and innovation to delight its customers. The Ministry will provide Ms. Rehab Al-Ahmad with all the technical tools and environment to support the development of the device and encourage and motivate to contribute more innovative ideas.
H.E. stressed the importance of leadership in the country in terms of quality and competition for the world's advanced centers. He pointed out that this achievement is the result of the unlimited support provided by the Ministry to its employees to highlight their abilities and contribute to finding innovative solutions to the Ministry's priorities in health of the individual and society through their suggestions and ideas, especially that heart disease and arteries are at the top of these priorities as a list of national indicators.
Dr. Ayesha Almutawa, Director of Strategy & Future Department, Chief Innovation Officer at MOHAP, said that the Ministry has developed a number of innovative ideas that are original and based on modeling, research, and development. The Afkari e-Employee Information Management System and Platform facilitates the monitoring, demonstration, and support of innovative ideas. This system translates into the vision of the UAE government and its leaders to provide a supportive institutional environment for innovation.