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UAE Ministry of Health unveils AI-based heart monitor

The device - produced in conjunction with Pure Health - is aimed at monitoring and measuring the electrical signals of the heart's electrocardiogram

UAE Ministry of Health unveils AI-based heart monitor

For the first time in the region, the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has unveiled an AI-based device designed to help with irregular heartbeat and help curb heart diseases before they occur.

The device – produced in conjunction with Pure Health – is aimed at monitoring and measuring the electrical signals of the heart’s electrocardiogram.

According to the MoHAP, the light, 8 gram weight of the device makes it simple for patients with heart problems to carry it, and makes it possible to check the results through an associated smart app which can be installed on smartphones, desktops and smartwatches.

The manufacturing company has a dedicated a website portal and cloud platform for doctors, where they can download and analyse patient’s records.

“The employment of AI technologies within health services comes as part of the directives of the wise government to integrate this technology by 100 percent into health services,” said Dr. Youssif Al Serkal, assistant undersecretary for the Ministry’s hospitals sector.

According to Dr. Al Serkal, the MoHAP is also working to implement a national database for cardiovascular diseases.

“MoHAP was keen to launch this device and integrate it into the ambulance service system, in addition to harnessing the AI technologies in monitoring the heart,” said Dr. Kalthoum Al Baloushi, director of MoHAP’s hospitals administration.

“Through this device, the patient will feel more comfortable, where they can monitor the irregular heartbeat through their smartphones and dispatch information recorded to their clinicians for further evaluation,” she added.

“This device cannot replace the traditional methods and systems for heart planning and monitoring. However, it will help prevent heart problems before they occur through the AI technologies.”

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