Khaleej Times - - HEALTH MATTERS - Staff Re­porter as­maal­izain@khalee­j­

DUBAI — The Dubai Health Au­thor­ity (DHA) is work­ing with pri­vate com­pa­nies from across the world to im­ple­ment new tech­nolo­gies and pro­vide pa­tients with the best stan­dards of care.

The ini­tia­tive is part of the Dubai Fu­ture Foun­da­tion’s Dubai Ac­cel­er­a­tors pro­gramme.

Re­cently, Hu­maid Al Qu­tami, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the DHA, met the four com­pa­nies that are part of the DHA’s fifth Dubai Fu­ture Ac­cel­er­a­tors cy­cle. Some of the ideas will be im­ple­mented over the next nine weeks, when these com­pa­nies will be pre­sent­ing proofs of con­cept and pilot projects at DHA hos­pi­tals to see how their tech­nolo­gies can be in­cor­po­rated in Dubai’s health­care sys­tem.

Blue­tooth de­vice for self-check

Scanbo Tech­nolo­gies has in­vented a tiny de­vice that can be con­nected to a mo­bile phone via Blue­tooth. The pa­tient sim­ply needs to place his fin­gers on the de­vice; and in less than two min­utes, the de­vice pro­vides ac­cu­rate de­tails of six vi­tals, in­clud­ing blood pres­sure, tem­per­a­ture, heart rate, ECG, blood sugar, and oxy­gen lev­els. The de­tails are provided through an app, which can also save pre­vi­ous re­ports.

Rohini Kaul, co-founder of Scanbo Tech­nolo­gies, said: “The idea is to em­power the pa­tient to self-check reg­u­larly. Doc­tors will also be able to ac­cess the app, al­low­ing both the pa­tient and the physi­cian to fore­see any minute de­vi­a­tion for early in­ter­ven­tion and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

re­mote doc­tors for spe­cialised surgeries

An­other tech­nol­ogy be­ing as­sessed is Prox­imie, a cloud-based aug­mented re­al­ity plat­form that al­lows doc­tors to vir­tu­ally trans­port them­selves into any op­er­at­ing room or clinic to col­lab­o­rate, guide and sup­port sur­geons and health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

The tech­nol­ogy is be­ing used in sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing those across South Amer­ica, for com­pli­cated surgeries on chil­dren with cleft lips. It is also be­ing used in dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals around the world, as well as in med­i­cal de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies and teach­ing hos­pi­tals and in­sti­tu­tions.

Tariq El Titi, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor of Prox­imie Gulf, said: “The tech­nol­ogy al­lows doc­tors to vir­tu­ally scrub in, with­out be­ing in the op­er­at­ing the­atre. The tech­nol­ogy lit­er­ally aug­ments the trans­mis­sion of the real phys­i­cal world on screen with ad­di­tional, dig­i­tally gen­er­ated con­tent. It al­lows re­mote, hands-on vir­tual as­sis­tance and pro­vides spe­cialised care and in­put at af­ford­able costs.”

Pre- and post­na­tal screen­ing

P4ML is an Ir­ish com­pany that has de­signed a (CE-IVD) non-in­va­sive pre­na­tal test (NIPT). P.J. Moloney, manag­ing di­rec­tor of P4ML, said the test, called Eo­las Plus, helps de­tect spe­cific chro­mo­so­mal dis­or­ders as early as 10 weeks into the preg­nancy and pro­vides valu­able in­for­ma­tion on its man­age­ment.

Moloney said: “Pre-eclamp­sia and FGR are dis­or­ders that cause short-term com­pli­ca­tions for the in­fant and have been as­so­ci­ated with a range of dis­eases in adult life, such as is­chemic heart dis­ease, stroke, Type 2 di­a­betes, and long-term neuro-de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders. Both pre-eclamp­sia and FGR are as­so­ci­ated with ab­nor­mal pla­cen­tal func­tion and me­tab­o­lism. We pick up biomark­ers for fe­tal growth dis­or­der or pre-eclamp­sia.”

“Nor­mally, in cases of preeclamp­sia, the only solution is a C-sec­tion at week 28 or at 32. The baby is born pre-term and needs ad­mis­sion in an in­ten­sive care unit. How­ever, early de­tec­tion at 10 weeks al­lows the doc­tor to put the pa­tient on as­pirin so that they can bring the mum and baby to full term at 38 to 40 weeks.”

ro­botic as­sis­tant for surgeries

Amer Khayel from

Amico ex­plains how his com­pany sup­plies a ro­bot as­sis­tant known as Rosa, which has a ro­botic arm.

“Rosa au­to­mat­i­cally po­si­tions a guide ac­cord­ing to the planned screw tra­jec­tory and al­lows pre­cise ad­just­ment of the guide’s po­si­tion. The ro­bot arm fol­lows the pa­tient’s move­ment in real time, a fea­ture that mimics real life and re­sponds to one of the com­monly un­met clin­i­cal needs.”

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