Abu Dhabi: The Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the emirate, has honoured the winners of the inaugural Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp. The ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, Under-Secretary of DoH.
The first-ever Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp Challenge, spanning four days, was the result of a continuous partnership between the Department of Health (DoH) and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). The primary objective of this collaboration was to enhance the entrepreneurial capabilities of the emirate, and the bootcamp was facilitated by Plug and Play Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Faisal Al Ayyan, President and CEO of HCT, commented that “this bootcamp has empowered our students to interpret, ideate, and ultimately innovate healthcare solutions for the benefit of society in a completely hands-on, experiential, and immersive learning experience. Through collaborations such as this bootcamp, we are nurturing a culture and mindset of innovation, which is part of the thinking, work, and objectives of HCT and our students.”
Mr. Saeed Amidi, CEO and Founder of Plug and Play Tech Centre, remarked that “we are proud to have partnered with the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi and HCT to operate the inaugural Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp. This programme has showcased the immense talent and innovative capacity of the HCT students, and we are excited to support the winning team on their entrepreneurial journey.”
The experiential four-day Bootcamp in Abu Dhabi saw selected students from HCT’s Abu Dhabi and Al Ain campuses creatively develop and design innovative solutions to society’s real-world challenges within the healthcare sector in specific medical fields, covering primary care (comprehensive, continuous services for all patients), precision medicine (personalised patient plans for optimised outcomes), and smart hospitals (advanced technologies for improved, high-quality in-patient services).