Innovation in the United Arab Emirates remains a high priority, as the recent UAE Innovation Week demonstrated. The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) participated in the event, which was focused on engaging delegates in activities to promote innovation. High profile at the event was a Digital Health Hackathon, entitled Future Health 2071, aimed at developing innovative solution and ideas to contribute to the happiness index across the UAE.

Amongst a range of themes, the Hackathon is looking for creative ways to address society’s needs in digital transformation, environment, sustainability, and healthcare. Combining to build the future of healthcare in the UAE, the Hackathon and Innovation Week are offering cash prizes to innovators with the top solution to challenges including personalised medicine, artificial intelligence and healthcare technology.

Saqr Alhemeiri, Director of Training & Development Center and Chief Innovation Officer stressed the ministry’s enthusiasm for the annual event by engaging with the creative activities, consolidating an innovation-stimulating environment, and boosting the positive competition among employees to present new ideas and proposals, and support innovators to further develop their skills and capacities.

The MoHAP is also demonstrating the value it paces on innovation in health care through a series of “Biz Health” webinars. Focusing on how youth can impact future healthcare, the webinars bring in speaker from influential organisations around the world to highlight the global effects that might be realised.