UAE’s IRIS Health Services shortlisted for three Etisalat SMB Awards

UAE-based IRIS Health Services has been shortlisted for three 2019 Etisalat SMB Awards for its innovation, technological disruption and digital transformation of the health insurance sector.

The third-party health insurance administrator, which serves more than 350,000 insured members in the UAE alone in addition to its operations in Oman and the Far East, was behind the launch of Emirates IDs as universal health insurance cards in 2015. IRIS was also named ‘Most Innovative Service Provider’ at the 2018 MENA Insurance Awards and received the ‘Most Innovative Insurance Claims Software 2018’ award from business magazine International Finance in January.

The Etisalat SMB Awards singled out IRIS’ leadership in two key areas: its proprietary, cutting-edge software platform Ezyclaim and its free IRIS Health mobile app. Ezyclaim is considered a game changer for the health insurance claims sector, reducing fraud and misuse, improving real-time capabilities for physicians, hospitals and other providers, and boosting efficiency and transparency for insurance companies and regulators.

The IRIS mobile app is focused on individuals, providing ready access to their medical history, policy benefits, network and empowering them to better manage their own health. Non-members also receive access to most of the app’s functionality, including maintaining health records, set medicine alerts and receive rewards.

IRIS is also the only health insurance service provider in the Gulf region to maintain the US CORE standard for patient confidentiality and data security in health data exchange.

Anil Nair, CEO of IRIS Health Services, said: “At Iris Health Services, we care about a healthier UAE, and we innovate continually to make that happen so that the individuals under our care, our clients, providers and partners have access to the best information on time and for free.

“These and other innovations help us deliver efficient, considered and effective medical care and contribute to the national and regional health ecosystem. Better health is an outcome we are invested in, and happy to invest in,” he added.

The Etisalat SMB Awards were launched in 2018 to recognize and facilitate outstanding achievements among small and medium business (SMB) start-ups in the UAE, and to highlight the role SMBs play in economic growth, innovation and job creation in the country.

The Awards recognize individual and group performance across seven categories, including SMB of the Year, Positive Social Impact Award and Young Entrepreneur Award. The 2019 Etisalat SMB Awards ceremony will be held tonight.

About EzyClaim

IRIS developed EzyClaim, its comprehensive online claims knowledge management suite, following in-depth research into the insurance industry and continues to update it based on changing market and regulatory feedback and needs. The software provides clients and end users alike with total transparency, real-time updates and performance analytics and reduces administrative expense and claims handling time.

About the IRIS Health mobile app

The free app is focused on the individual, providing instant access to his or her electronic health record and policy benefits. IRIS members can use it to find nearby physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and other providers in their network, set reminders and medicine alerts and track reimbursements. Non-members also receive access to most of its functionality. The IRIS Health app is available for Android and Apple devices.