The Ministry of Health and Prevention recently met with a Chinese delegation to discuss mutually beneficial cooperation in the use of technological innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) in the health care sector. The Ministry was represented by H.E. Dr. Hussein Abdul Rahman Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Centers and Health Clinics, and Dr. Issa Al Mansouri, Director of the Undersecretary Office and Director of the International Health Relations, while the Chinese delegates were headed by Liu Xia, Vice Mayor of Wuxi City. Samer Al-Hallaq, Regional Director of AstraZeneca Middle East, was also present in the gathering.
The meeting followed the Ministry’s visit to Innovation Center of AstraZeneca – Shanghai in May this year led by H.E Dr. Mohammad Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health and Prevention. During the May visit, the Ministry learned about the latest innovations in China’s health care industry and its AI use in keeping with the latest international developments in health services.
Dr. Rand discussed opportunities to strengthen both countries’ collaboration in addressing chronic diseases such as asthma, heart illness, and diabetes as the two parties vowed to keep abreast of the latest global health care developments. The Ministry is currently working towards integrating the latest technologies into the UAE’s health system to prevent the spread of diseases in local society and deliver comprehensive and integrated services in innovative and sustainable ways. He also pointed out that the UAE has taken the lead in providing world-class medical services in the region thanks to its advanced health infrastructure, modern legislative system, and continuous investments in human capital in the medical field.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rand took the opportunity to invite the Chinese visitors to the Arab Health Exhibition and Conference 2019 to be held at the Dubai World Trade Center in January.
The Chinese delegation, on the other hand, praised the UAE for its commendable achievements and pioneering experience in the medical field. Vice Mayor Liu expressed his commitment to jointly work with the Ministry of Health and Prevention to optimize the use of AI and other innovations in the health industry according to the highest international standards.