NEW WAVE OF HEALTH TECH COMING UP IN DUBAI
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.”