DHA unveils details of Dubai Health Forum 2019

29The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced in a press conference the details of the third edition of the Dubai Health Forum 2019 (DHF), which will take place from 21-22 January

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the forum is expected to attract 1,500 attendees who will benefit from the 62 sessions by 42 speakers and moderators from 15 countries.

In addition to discussing the latest innovations in health, DHF will be introducing its first-ever Health Hackathon, “The Dubai Health Hack”, which is set to last for 30 hours round the clock. The hackathon will focus on discovering solutions for people of determination. Hackers will be invited to develop solutions that ease the day-to-day lives of people of determination.

Humaid Al Qutami, director general of the DHA, said, “The Dubai Health Forum, organised by the Dubai Health Authority, has successfully positioned itself as an international summit where health professionals, specialists and leaders meet to discuss the latest medical advancements, professional practices, techniques and research."

“The forum aims to reinforce the efforts of the DHA to achieve its goal of reaching a healthier and happier society. It hopes to achieve this by learning from ideas, knowledge and experiences shared by experts and scientists in the forum and adopting them in the UAE,” he added.

Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of the Primary Healthcare Sector at the DHA and president of the forum said DHF will see 42 international speakers from global organisations such as World Bank, NASA, IBM and the organisation for economic cooperation and development.

They will touch on different topics such as gender balance, universal health coverage, patient centricity, health financing, quantum computing in health, AI in genomics as well as the use of Blockchain technology in health regulation to name a few.

Innovation Park

Dubai Health Forum’s Innovation Park will showcase the innovations of 25 startups in the field of health. The innovations on display will include Qyas (a DHA solution to rate and rank health facilities and employees), telemedicine for diagnosis and therapy prescribing, assistive devices for people with disabilities, smart blood packaging and transport, Blockchain for hospital management, smart medical education and training, DNA imaging for screening cervical cancer in remote areas and AI for patient centricity

Health Talks

Health Talks will present a platform for short discussion on current policies and innovative ideas in healthcare. With a two-day programme, the Health talks will host 24 speakers discussing topics ranging from Sustainable Development Goals to Smart Health.


This year, DHF will be introducing its first-ever Health Hackathon, “The Dubai Health Hack”, which is set to last for 30 hours round the clock, from 21-22 January.

Amani Al Jasmi, director of IT at the DHA stated that the main themes will surround discovering solutions for people of determination with the key aim of ‘empowering the determined.’ Hackers will be invited to develop solutions that either better the established services for people of determination or create a game-changing solution to ease their day-to-day lives.

Al Jasmi noted that the solutions created will focus on mental, physical or intellectual disabilities. The agenda of the Dubai Health Hack will, therefore, include onsite development of these solutions where specialist talks have also been organised.

The hackathon will also call aboard 12 professional mentors who will provide tactical support and offer advice to the hackers as they progress with their solutions.

The forum has invited experienced professionals, end users, academics and support group leaders to form the mentor and judges’ groups.

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