Dubai to use AI to develop remote 24/7 GP services

Dubai Health Authority says it is also discussing the use of headgear to detect strokes
By Staff writer
Fri 30 Mar 2018 01:03 AM

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is planning to use artificial intelligence to develop 24/7 remote general practitioner consultations.

DHA said it has selected four firms for the fourth cohort of the Dubai Future Accelerators initiative.

The authority said the app syncs with 400 devices, including Apple and Android products so information about the patient’s sleep pattern, exercise routine, number of calories burned and daily activity is recorded.

This information is available to the GP along with the patient history at the time of consultations.

It added that the app will soon have emotional analysis so when you use it for virtual video calling your GP prevents you from answering health-related questions dishonestly.

The DHA Dubai Future Accelerator team is working with the app creator, to see how this technology can be implemented in Dubai, adding that they are also working on an Arabic version.

They are also discussing the use of headgear to detect stroke, and are working with a firm that is researching the use of an artificial pancreas for diabetic patients and an AI clinic.

Dr Mohammed Al Redha, director of the Executive Office for Organisational Transformation in DHA, said: "The aim of the DHA as part of the Dubai Future Accelerators initiative is to explore the latest in technology.

"We aim to revolutionise the way healthcare is delivered while focusing on patient-centric care. We are looking for ways to improve the lives of patients and on ensuring patients lead a high quality of life to the best extent possible. Technology also has the power to improve efficiencies of the overall health sector, improve healthcare management and bring down the cost of care."

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Last Updated: Fri 30 Mar 2018 01:05 AM GST

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