Technology and Training initiative in Dubai
Dublin, Ireland
Thursday, January 18, 2007

PRESS RELEASE

Irish Prime Minister launches Irish healthcare consortium Technology and Training initiative in Dubai

Valentia Technologies in conjunction with The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB), are pleased to announce the launch of a unique training initiative with the Emergency Medical Services Dubai Training Institute (EMS-DTI) in Dubai . This initiative was officially launched today by Irish Prime Minister, Mr Bertie Ahern TD at Sheik Rashid Hospital/Trauma Centre.

The Irish consortium will partner with EMS-DTI to deliver an end-to-end technology and training solution which will provide the software and the training required by Dubai Ambulance Service personnel to operate to international standards. This collaboration will leverage:

  • EMS-DTI’s training resources and facilities
  • Valentia Technologies health informatics expertise
  • RCSI’s international professional educational expertise
  • PHECC’s emergency care education and training standards and
  • Dublin Fire Brigade’s emergency care instructional expertise and

Mr. Khalifa Aldarrai, CEO Dubai Ambulance Service said “Our aim is to provide a high quality service that develops and improves patient care and reduces emergency response times. Our staff will be trained using international best practice standards developed by PHECC and accredited training will be provided by RCSI/DFB. The latest pre-hospital emergency care technology, developed by Valentia Technologies, will support us in doing this”.

Mr. Peter Nelson, Chief Executive Officer Valentia Technologies, said “We are delighted that our CareMonX ePCR solution will provide Dubai Ambulance Service will a capability to deliver world-class EMS services. Our solution has a unique ability to incorporate the PHECC national standards, thereby offering consistency of treatment at the point of care throughout the ambulance service. Our system also supports ongoing real-time professional experience management and continuing professional development, thereby assisting the targeted training of paramedics.

Prof. Arthur Tanner, Director of Surgical Affairs RCSI, said “Today marks a welcome development for RCSI in Dubai. We are delighted to be involved in such a unique collaboration that will allow us to provide training of the highest international standard to emergency response teams. It is our hope that this project is something that can be repeated across other countries building on RCSI's commitment to enhancing human health.”

About Dubai Ambulance Service

The Dubai Ambulance Service is a new organization which was established by His Highness Sheik Mohamed the Prime Minister and Rule of Dubai by Decree in 2006. The Dubai Ambulance Service unifies all ambulance services in Dubai city previously provided by the Dubai Police and Department of Health and Medical Services. The Service is manned by five hundred and fifty medics, has a total of eighty vehicles and is equipped with the latest equipment, telemedicine transmission system and dispatch systems.

About Valentia Technologies

Valentia Technologies is a leading developer of mobile and wireless health informatics applications. Valentia's emphasis is on directly improving health outcomes and lifestyle quality by facilitating condition monitoring, reporting, intervention, care management and data aggregation and analysis. Uses for Valentia's applications range from acute emergency management to chronic disease management. Valentia's applications are designed to be deployed within conventional public healthcare settings as well as within private/personal healthcare.

Valentia's applications can be used with various input devices, including mobile phones, PDAs, digital pens, medical devices and specialised electronic sensors. Valentia's applications can be used with various input devices, including mobile phones, PDAs, digital pens, medical devices and specialised electronic sensors. Core to all of our systems is Valentia's standards-based Electronic Communications & Applications platform, CareMonX™. Applying a person-centric focus, CareMonX™ supports multi-modal data acquisition, intelligent routing, automated message interrogation and data management, providing bi-directional transparent connectivity and communications across the full spectrum of care.

About Valentia Technologies CareMonX EMS Suite

CareMonX™ EMS Suite is an advanced Enterprise Management System designed for the demanding requirements of modern pre-hospital emergency care. It encompasses a wide range of functionality for the operation of Emergency Medical Services, including real-time patient and incident data collection and transmission, incident reporting and management of fleet inventory and staff work schedules. At the core of the CareMonX™ EMS Suite is the CareMonX™ ePCR Module, which enables mobile electronic data capture and transmission. It is one of the most sophisticated solutions currently available, offering real-time communications between emergency services, ambulances, paramedics and hospital emergency departments over standard public cellular networks and TETRA networks.

About RCSI

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), founded in 1784, is an independent, not for profit organization, a leader in health education and an innovator in research, telemedicine and distributed learning. With the St. Stephen's Green Campus, Dublin as its hub, RCSI extends its activities to a number of international bases, delivering medical education and training initiatives in Bahrain , Dubai , Jordan , and Malaysia .>

RCSI was launched in Dubai in 2005 and operates in partnership with the Royal Medical Institute, which is owned by Al Ghaith Holdings . RCSI is based in the Knowledge Village Dubai, which is an international hub for educational and training institutions in, underlining the College's commitment to the provision of high quality educational programmes for students in this region. Currently RCSI provides postgraduate training and education in management and leadership delivered by RCSI's International School of Healthcare Management. The School has been at the forefront of management education and training for the health sector in Ireland and overseas for over ten years providing MBA, MSc and Diploma programmes. The RCSI prides itself on being progressive and has developed strong links with health care providers and institutions both in Ireland and internationally and plans to expand its activity in Dubai .

RCSI Medical University of Bahrain (MUB), founded in 2004, goes from strength to strength, with a new programme in Nursing, plans for a Pharmacy programme and the new MUB building due for completion in 2008. In Bahrain , work is also progressing on the establishment of a Health Oasis; a fully integrated health district that provides diagnostic, treatment and after care-services to an international standard for patients within the Gulf region and beyond. RCSI noble purpose is: “ Building on our heritage in surgery, we will enhance human health through endeavour, innovation and collaboration in education, research and service”

About PHECC

AThe Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council is an independent statutory agency charged with the responsibility for standards, registration, education and training in the field of pre-hospital emergency care. PHECC's primary role is to protect the public and it achieves this by specifying, reviewing, maintaining and monitoring standards of excellence for the delivery of pre-hospital emergency care. PHECC's approach is an all inclusive one covering voluntary, auxiliary, private and statutory service providers and it concentrates on developing the practitioner's skills to practice. The PHECC vision of pre-hospital emergency care is that of a pre-hospital emergency care continuum from the cardiac first responder through to the advanced paramedic.

About Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) provides Fire, Rescue and Emergency Ambulance services for the Dublin area. The Brigade was founded in 1862 and is the largest full time brigade in Ireland serving a population of approximately 1.2 million people with a staff of approximately 1000. The emergency ambulance service has been in existence for over one hundred years. All DFB operational personnel are trained to Paramedic level in addition to their fire and rescue training. For this purpose the Brigade runs its own Training School, providing a comprehensive range of courses. DFB, in partnership with RCSI, is a PHECC accredited Training Institution for the provision of Paramedic training. The DFB-RCSI Partnership has also assisted with the development of pre-hospital education and training standards at national level. DFB responds to approximately 70,000 emergency ambulance and 20,000 fire and rescue incidents annually.

For further information:
Contact Peter Nelson on +353 1 493 7624 or Email: info@valentiatech.com or visit: www.valentiatech.com