Digital transformation will serve as one of the fundamental tools to achieve integration in health care and the governance of health practices.
The future of health care digitisation in Egypt is very promising, and this country will become the destination of medicine and healthcare in Africa and the Middle East.
These statements by Ahmed el-Sobki, who is chairman of the General Authority for Health Care (GAH) and General Supervisor of the Comprehensive Health Insurance and Decent Life projects at the Ministry of Health and Population, came during the annual meeting yesterday of the CEOs of the global IQVIA Group.
The group is a leader in the field of health services, medical research, and technological and integrated solutions for health care.
The meeting was on the sidelines of the Arab Health Exhibition and Conference 2024 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from January 29 to February 1, 2024, under the theme ‘Connecting Minds and Transforming the Healthcare Sector’.
During the event, Sobki reviewed Egypt’s pioneering experience in health reform and comprehensive health insurance coverage, especially with regard to technology and digital transformation of health services. He also spoke about the use of artificial intelligence applications, virtual hospitals, remote medical consultations, and digital diagnosis of diseases, and the impact of this on the future of healthcare. He said that the Egyptian state is working on increasing the efficiency and quality of services, in addition to facilitating the provision of health care services and the development of health care in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East.
Sobki pointed out that Egypt is the first in the Arab countries to use the latest system for coding and classifying diseases, ICD11, certified by the World Health Organisation.
Sobki pointed out that the Health Care Authority won the Platinum Award for digital health leadership at the level of the Arab world, stressing the Authority’s efforts in digitization through coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the relevant state agencies.
Sobki stressed that the Egyptian state pays great attention to health development to achieve sustainable development in the field of health care and improve the health of individuals and communities, noting that the Health Care Authority has made great strides in digitising health care services, and is gradually moving from the stage of using technology to the introduction of Internet of Things technologies in co-operation with the Ministry of Communications.
He continued: “We look forward to introducing artificial intelligence technologies in the fields of health care to keep pace with development and innovation in health technology.”
For his part, the Regional Vice President of the IQVIA Group in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia said that we are proud to be one of the success partners participating in the automation of the comprehensive health insurance system and we look forward to more co-operation in the coming period with Egyptian health institutions.