Dubai - Arab Health 2020: Organ donation platform ready for patient registration

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Following its release late last year, Hayat has garnered registrations from a total of 2,605 prospective donors.

The health ministry's smart organ donation platform, Hayat, is now ready to accept applications of prospective patients who may need to undergo organ transplants, officials told Al Khaleej Today on the sidelines of the Arab Health opening on Monday.

Following its release late last year, Hayat has garnered registrations from a total of 2,605 prospective donors, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap).

Dr Lubna Al Sha'ali, director of Public Health Policy Department at Mohap, said: "About 21 per cent of the 2,605 donors have registered to donate their kidneys; 20 per cent have registered to donate liver; 21 per cent heart; 19 per cent lungs; and 19 per cent have pledged to donate their pancreas."

With such a success rate, the app has now entered its second stage. Dr Al Sha'ali said that in this phase, the ministry will start accepting patient registrations.

After this is completed, the app moves on to the final phase where it will connect donors with patients - following the highest levels of data security.

Currently, about 59 patients are already registered on the platform, the official said.

Dr Al Sha'ali also provided a breakdown of the hospitals where patients require organ donations, with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi leading with 31 patients, followed by Al Jalila Children's Speciality Hospital citing a requirement from nine patients.

" Hospital and Mediclinic City Hospital have eight patients each and Al Qassimi Hospital has a total of three patients in need of organ transplants," she said.

"The block-chain-based application is featuring cloud registries for donors, while ensuring the highest levels of data security," Dr Al Sha'ali explained, adding that organ donors can register their information using their mobile phones.

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