Published on : 29 November 2018

The partnership ensures a coordinated and seamless continuum of care for patients through a comprehensive test menu, an efficient logistics network and best practice connectivity solutions

National Reference Laboratory (NRL), a Mubadala Healthcare network provider and NMC Group, one of the largest private healthcare companies in the UAE today announced that they have signed a Laboratory Services Agreement making NRL the exclusive provider of best-in-class laboratory testing to patients at 31 NMC healthcare facilities across the UAE .

NMC patients will now have direct access to NRL’s comprehensive, specialist test menu of more than 4,700 tests, which is one of the largest laboratory test menus globally thanks to NRL’s partnership with LabCorp, the world’s leading diagnostics company.

Eng. Abdulla Al Shamsi, Head of Mubadala Healthcare said: “Through our world-class network of healthcare providers, we are very pleased to work alongside private healthcare companies to provide laboratory tests and services that have a transformative impact on patients, allowing us to collaborate in improving patient outcomes and positively impacting the healthcare sector across the United Arab Emirates.”

Chief Executive Officer at National Reference Laboratory, Abdul Hamid Oubeisi added: “We are pleased to have been selected by NMC Group as their trusted partner in the provision of high-quality laboratory diagnostic services. As one of the most experienced providers of laboratory solutions in the country and the region, we are looking forward to bringing our proven track record of testing and world-class logistics to the patients of NMC Group to ensure their treatment journey is optimized through swift and accurate laboratory testing.”

As a result of the agreement, patient samples collected from 10 of NMC’s largest hospitals and medical centers, including both NMC Royal Hospitals and NMC Specialty Hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, will be exclusively handled by NRL, the largest network of CAP-accredited laboratories in the Middle East.

Commenting on the collaboration, Prasanth Manghat, the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of NMC Health Plc. said: “As the largest private-sector healthcare provider in the region and one of the leading fertility service providers globally, we work closely with the government and its various bodies collaboratively. This step will further help to serve the UAE’s healthcare goals as we endeavor to consistently invest in new innovative technologies and partnerships. It is our mission to lead the healthcare sector and provide best in class services to the residents of the UAE.

NRL’s robust logistics network will guarantee uncompromised sample integrity and timely sample collection from NMC Group’s country–wide network, ensuring reliable and fast test results. Additionally, best practice connectivity solutions, including a web-portal and a two-way real-time interface between NRL’s Laboratory Information System and the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) of the NMC Group, will ensure test ordering and results delivery are as efficient and accurate as possible. This paper-less system will help reduce the risk of human error and work duplication, and enhance quality and patient outcomes. Via the interface connection, physicians will be able to access and order from NRL’s comprehensive test menu 24/7, and laboratory results will be reported in real-time and automatically stored in each patient’s unique EMR.