May 17, 2020

Dubai Health Authority signs four new MOU’s to accelerate healthcare innovation

Middle East
Digital health
Middle East
Digital health
Catherine Sturman
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In a bid to utilise the latest medical technologies in artificial intelligence to provide quality health services, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has...

In a bid to utilise the latest medical technologies in artificial intelligence to provide quality health services, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has signed an MoU with four cutting-edge international companies to adopt their inventive healthcare innovations, as part of its Future Accelerator’s Programme. Over 600 applications were considered within the programme.

The DHA is making a quantum leap that will strengthen the authority’s medical system and its human cadres by equipping them with the latest technologies in the world of artificial intelligence used in diagnosis and treatment.

The four companies include:

  1. Babylon health mobile app

This app uses cutting-edge AI technology and best available medical expertise to deliver 24/7 video consultations with doctors across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. The consultation is provided through an AI chatbot and a live question-and-answer session with the user.

The user can discuss their symptoms, where the app then guides the patient to the right doctor. Introduced in 2014 in the UK, the app has over 2.2mn users worldwide, has been Arabised and tweaked in line with the cultural requirements of the region, and in all likelihood, will be available in Dubai in a couple of months.

  1. Neuro Head Band:  detects stroke for high-risk patients

The innovative device by the Health Care and Innovative New Technology (HINT), is designed to detect a patient undergoing a stroke within minutes. Harnessing mobile technology, the band will alert the caregiver, the ambulance and emergency services within minutes.

  1. Health pods from Bodyo

The health AI pod is a fully body scanner, where residents can step in and be screened for body temperature, blood sugar, blood pressure, body composition such as height, weight and other such vital parameters, free of charge. It is part of Dubai’s vision to support population health and could become a key icon in retail spaces and health facilities.

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The AI-assisted pod can instantly give the user an idea of his state of health where he can go in for a preventive health check-up. The procedure is simple and takes no longer than 15 minutes the first time.

“We want to change the mindset of doctors and patients, in which this technology is non-invasive and it is a self-service interaction, without feeling like a medical process – to encourage people to want to return to improve their own health,” explained Tariq Hussain, Bodyo’s Chief Executive.

The technology will aim to counteract a growing shortage of medical professionals in the region, and lower healthcare costs for patients.

  1. Flow cell sensors by Admetsys

The flow cell sensors will detect sudden drops in vitals in ICU patients through an algorithm that measures these vitals constantly and it can be read by a nurse on the monitor at a glance. Any drop or rise is alerted by an alarm system. This saves vital time for the nurse and makes constant monitoring possible.

Following the signing of the agreements, HE Humaid Al Qatami said that the Authority is keen to be at the forefront of the transformation, which aims to establish an integrated global platform for the future of the strategic sectors and to create economic value based on embracing and adopting future businesses and technological solutions. 

He added that the authority has concluded the fourth session of the Dubai Future Accelerators Programme successfully by signing four agreements following a round of negotiations and discussions aimed at acquiring sophisticated medical technologies.


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Jul 27, 2021

 NHS care homes are better than private, report finds

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 NHS care homes are better than private, report finds
NHS residential care homes provide better quality care than the private sector, a new report by Kepler Vision Technologies has found

A new survey has found that 60% of people with parents in NHS care homes believe the quality of care has improved, compared to just 49% of respondents with parents in private care facilities. 

The survey was conducted by Kepler Vision Technologies, an AI-driven company formed at the University of Amsterdam. It was carried out among UK adults with parents over the age of 75. 

Respondents cited more capable care staff and better monitoring systems as being the main reasons for improvement. 

However those who do not have parents in assisted living facilities had a different viewpoint - in this case only 35% of respondents believe that NHS facilities are improving, compared to 32% who believe it is only improving in the private sector. 

Only 18% of people whose parents live with them or independently believe care home staff are able to look after residents to a good standard.

Kepler Vision say this difference in opinion is due to perceived budget cuts and financial pressures, with 67% of people commenting that a lack of funding has had a negative effect on care in both NHS and private care facilities. 

Other key findings of the survey include: 
 * Out of those who say quality has declined in care homes, 69% say the NHS is dealing with budget cuts and increased financial pressure, while 65% also said that the private system is dealing with these pressures too
 * 55% said that they or their parent have money saved specifically to pay for their future care
 * 35% said the idea of their parent in a care home makes them feel frightened, although 32% say it makes them feel secure
 * 52% are worried about their parent catching COVID
 * 47%  are worried about their parent being lonely
 * 46% are concerned they could fall over alone

The announcement of this research follows the UK government's decision to delay presenting its social care budget till the autumn

Commenting on the research, Dr Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “While it is good to see that people recognise the importance of staff and face-to-face interaction in elderly care, the huge gap in opinion between those with parents in care and those without shows that there are unfair negative perceptions around the residential care space. 

"More can and should be done by care homes to give people the confidence that their relatives will receive the very best care - by highlighting the excellent work of staff and how well they are able to monitor resident’s needs with easy-to-use technology.”

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