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His Excellency Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, met with His Excellency Sung Yun-mo, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea to discuss ways of enhancing strategic cooperation between the two countries in the fields of industry and advanced technology. Read more
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As part of its active participation in GITEX Technology Week 2020, which is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 6 to 10 December 2020, the Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, showcased the recent updates of its world-class telemedicine and health monitoring services, which aim to provide innovative digital health solutions and services, deliver specialized care and medical advice remotely, and to cut down the number of visitors to hospitals.
MoHAP’s upgraded telemedicine service includes all medical consultation services and constant follow-up, based on the audio and visual communication between patients and their attending doctors without the need to leave their homes.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the ministry has been keen to boost its telemedicine system to ensure the safety of community members, reduce health risks, and mitigate the burden of commuting between hospitals and outpatient clinics. MoHAP has developed more than one way to enable patients to communicate with doctors, whether by sending an electronic link to patients' phones reminding them of the appointment or by directly contacting MoHAP’s hotline number. This has contributed to ensuring the continuity of providing patients with top-notch health services.
At present, telemedicine services include cardiology, pediatrics, internal medicine and nutrition, and remote mental health services, such as psycho-social support, rehabilitation programs for drug-addicted patients, and other psychiatric departments and community psychiatry of different age groups, such as adults, the elderly, children, and adolescents.
The service is also featuring motherhood, childhood, public health, and disease prevention educational programs, with the availability of video calling services to connect patients with abroad consultants to get remote 2nd opinion consultations in critical conditions, as part of the Visiting Doctors Program. At the end of the second quarter, the number of virtual visits has amounted to 44,529, while it jumped to 49,599 visits at the end of the third quarter.
Leveraging digital solutions in treatment services
His Excellency Dr. Youssif Al Serkal, Director-General of the Emirates Health Services Corporation, said: “MoHAP is committed to developing innovative tools and smart services befitting all circumstances, as well as providing high-quality health and treatment advisory services, by leveraging smart technologies in digitizing health services according to the most sophisticated global practices.”
“In line with the directions of the UAE government to improve the quality of life and the sustainability of health care, we provide smart preventive home services to patients, senior citizens and people of determination, using the AI technology and telemedicine devices, virtual and augmented reality, and home care tools and devices,” he added.
In this regard, the Ministry was keen to make the most of the latest technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to meet the needs of patients, support future medical decisions, and cut down health care costs.
Al Serkal went on to say: “Over the years, MoHAP’s telemedicine and health consultation services have constituted a key pillar in supporting the UAE strategy for artificial intelligence to invest in and apply the latest technology tools and in the health sector.”
Concluding his remarks, Al-Serkal affirmed that MoHAP has state-of-the-art technological infrastructure the presence of a highly competent medical and technical staff who are capable of dealing with telemedicine services, at a time when global health facilities are facing formidable challenges to prepare for the Covid-19 pandemic.Top-notch health services
Dr. Kalthoum Al Baloushi, Director of MoHAP’s Hospitals Administration, said: “To provide patients with top-notch health services, we have applied the latest technology in our telemedicine services. This has helped us provide 24/7 medical consultations since the Covid-19 outbreak, in addition to increasing our outreach activities via media outlets and SMS, as well as MoHAP’s website and social media platforms.”
“Such efforts have contributed to strengthening MoHAP’s efforts to spread the telemedicine culture and figuring out solutions to tackle the technical challenges faced by the elderly in cooperation with family members to facilitate communication and provide comprehensive and integrated health care to them,” she added. Read more
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With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe over the past few months, prominent stakeholders in various industries have had to adjust their strategy with the rapidly evolving situation. The healthcare industry in the Middle East will have to undergo crucial reforms once the crisis takes a back seat. Technological advancements, cost control, and greater access will be indispensable part of these reforms. Read more
Action provides stronger telehealth technology to benefit
hearing providers and their patients
As the world continues to address the challenges presented
by the COVID-19 pandemic, one trend emerging across industries is the rapid
acceleration and adoption of services enabled by cloud technologies. The hearing
industry is among those increasingly using telehealth technologies to respond
to the changing needs of our consumers. Recently, Starkey worked with Google
Cloud to launch the expansion of Hearing Care Anywhere. This cloud-based
approach allows hearing healthcare providers to now meet the needs of all
patients across all technology tiers of Starkey’s groundbreaking Livio hearing
aids without the need for an in-office visit.
Giscard Bechara, Director, Starkey MEA FZCO, Dubai, UAE
stated that, “Close to 16 million people in the Middle East suffer from
disabling hearing loss. The newest generation of this remote programming
capability for hearing healthcare practitioners means that more patients
worldwide who use Starkey’s Thrive mobile app will be able to receive care from
their homes. This gives hearing professionals the ability to continue their
care with patients who remain at home during the current public health crisis,”
Starkey connects hearing providers and their patients using
a number of Google Cloud products. When a patient makes a remote programming
request from the Thrive Hearing Control App on their smartphone, the request,
along with a snapshot of the settings from their hearing aids, are uploaded to
Google Cloud Storage and Firestore. From the Hearing Care Anywhere dashboard,
the hearing provider can then manage and service the patient’s request,
uploading the modifications through Google Cloud Functions. The uploaded
modifications are then run through algorithms hosted on App Engine to prepare
them for the patient’s review in Thrive.
“In a public health emergency, hearing is critical,” said
Archelle Georgiou, M.D., Starkey’s Chief Health Officer. “Consider how much
important information is being shared in the news and in public service messages.
It can be difficult for any of us to keep up. Imagine how vulnerable those with
hearing loss are feeling.”
“The safety of providers and patients is of the utmost
importance,” said Starkey’s Chief Innovation Officer Dave Fabry, Ph.D. “Hearing
during this time is critical, but so is practicing social distancing. We
believe patients should not have to choose.”
“We are proud of our work with Google Cloud and our ongoing
dedication to staying on the cutting-edge of hearing technology,” said
Starkey’s Chief Technology Officer Achin Bhowmik, Ph.D. “While the immediate
benefits of this partnership pertain to Hearing Care Anywhere and telehealth
during the COVID-19 crisis, the long-term significance of providing secure and
robust cloud solutions will revolutionize hearing aid outcomes by leveraging
the combined benefits of artificial intelligence and human professional expertise.”
“Our focus at Google Cloud right now is helping healthcare providers, medical device makers, and other companies navigate through the impact of COVID-19, while at the same time providing a technology foundation for the future,” said Philip Moyer, Vice President of Industry Sales at Google Cloud. “We’re excited to partner with Starkey to bring game-changing benefits to hearing healthcare providers and their patients around the world.”
Sky News Arabia (SNA) has announced the launch of a new daily interactive Live news show, dedicated to examining the facts surrounding the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The new interactive show is the result of a partnership between Sky News Arabia and Facebook, which enables audiences to submit questions on Sky News Arabia’s Facebook and Instagram Live streams so that expert guests can address the questions with credible and accurate information in real-time. Read more
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