Healthcare Broadcast

  • Infrastructure, technological advancement and priority for health is UAE’s motto

    The UAE is one of the biggest stakeholders in the health industry in the region, and is a trusted destination for healthcare services. Its infrastructure in health is one of the best and modernised, as it is working on a policy of health for all. The UAE is also home to one of the world’s most sophisticated Healthcare City, which houses experts from all over the world for prompt diagnosis and treatment.


    Patient care, digital health and latest inventions form parts of the module of development in this sector, and the UAE is expanding its base. At the same time, special stress is also laid on life-style diseases such as diabeties and cardiovascular disorders, as well as cancer, in order to make the healthcare umbrella comprehensive enough to look after ailments in detail.


    Arab Health, the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region, reveals that 45 per cent of GCC residents find wearable technology, such as fitness trackers or smart watches, an effective way to monitortheir personal health.


    In a GCC-wide survey commissioned by Arab Health 2018, 50 per cent of respondents aged 18 to 24 were in favour of Smart Health Technologies and personalised healthcare options, reflecting an increasing trend of the younger health-conscious population seeking preventive care. The wearable sensors market in the UAE and Saudi Arabia is projected to increase to $3.97 million and $3.08 million by 2018, respectively, supporting this emerging trend in the two largest populated markets in the GCC.


    Manufacturers and providers of personalised healthcare products and services will showcase the latest technologies in this rapidly growing field at Arab Health 2018 in its first-ever Personal Healthcare Technology Zone.


     Commenting on the results of the survey ahead of the upcoming exhibition, Ozlem Fidanci, CEO Philips Middle East & Turkey said: “Philips understands the value of connected health and the potential these devices have to help patients and clinicians monitor chronic conditions, important vital information such as blood pressure and even sleep quality. We are continuously developing new wearable sensing technologies to offer accurate and reliable methods of monitoring of cardio, respiratory and activity metrics.”


    “In its 43rd edition, Arab Health 2018 will feature an increased focus on how innovation and technology is transforming the healthcare sector,” commented Ross Williams, Exhibition Director, Arab Health 2018.


  • The hospital will be aligned to the UAE Centennial 2071 and the National Space Programme.



    The world’s first space hospital, Emirates Space Hospital, was announced by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHP) at Arab Health 2018. This is one of the many ground-breaking projects announced by the ministry during the four-day event that began on Monday.


    The hospital will be aligned to the UAE Centennial 2071 and the National Space Programme.


    “The astronauts will be treated in space but all treatment will be controlled on earth using nanotechnology,” said Dr Kulthoom Al Belooshi, director of hospital administration at the ministry.


    She said the hospital is a great example of how telemedicine will work in future. “Telemedicine will not be confined to hospitals. It will reach space,” she said while speaking to Khaleej Times.


    Solutions and treatments for chronic diseases at the space hospital will keep pace with the latest developments in personal medicine so as to enable patients to manage their own therapeutic services and telemedicine. “All this will begin when the UAE will launch its Mars mission in 2020.”


    Thierry Karim Louesse, founder and CEO of Fractal Systems, who has been hired by the ministry to give a projection of how the Mars programme will work on earth, said the future healthcare in space has been simulated. “We have projected use of nanotechnology for treatment,” he said.


    Explaining how the technology will work, he said that surgeons will only have to inject nano-robots into the bloodstream. “This will end the need for surgical intervention as the nano-robots will seek out the sick cells and repair them internally,” he said.


    The project will be tested on earth and will be used on Mars, he added. He also said that vital stats of astronauts will be obtained just by scanning them. Another technology that is being introduced for the future is Artificial Intelligence (AI).


    Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, said that by harnessing the power of next-generation technologies, the government seeks to provide healthcare and surgical services remotely as well as round-the-clock smart medical solutions as per the country’s strategic initiatives like UAE 2071, the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the National Space Science Programme.


    He said the country’s top priorities remain combating and preventing the spread of chronic and non-communicable diseases such as cancer.


    Mohammed Salim Al Olama, undersecretary at the ministry said that new health services featured include diagnostic and treatment solutions for diabetes and cancer, stem cell diabetes treatment, a new smart device for cancer diagnosis, a new way to separate rare cancer cells using magnetic field, a new device for heart patients that sends emergency alerts when necessary among a range of other applications.


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    Health beyond earth


    Sky is the limit for men and women who have a vision and the will to succeed. The UAE might be a young player in space exploration, but it sure plans to catch up fast and awe-inspire the world with its preparations. Hopes to cure astronauts through telemedicine might sound a far fetched idea now, but could well be a reality way before 2071.


  • Arab Health begins with futuristic products on display



    With a focus on personal healthcare technology, Arab Health 2018, the healthcare exhibition for medical and trade professionals started off on Monday.


    The four-day event was inaugurated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry.


    Sheikh Hamdan toured the exhibition along with local and regional dignitaries, including Humaid Al Qatami, director-general and chairman of the board of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dr Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Minister of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Saeedi, Minister of Health of Oman.


    Exhibitors displayed ground-breaking products, including the real-time, image-guided surgical robot from Johns Hopkins University that was recently used to insert screws into a patient’s spine.


    Other highlights such as the augmented reality system developed by Novarad, the world’s first robotic 3,600 breast thermography system from Cura, and the artificial intelligence enabled Somatom Edge Plus CT scanner by Siemens Healthineers, highlighted recent cutting edge solutions in the sector.


    “With the demand for healthcare products and services continuing to increase within the region, the Arab Health is a must-visit exhibition for anyone associated with the industry, not only in the Middle East but across the globe,” commented Ross Williams, exhibition director of Arab Health.


    “At Siemens Healthineers we aim to lead healthcare innovation that enables providers to achieve better outcomes at lower costs. This is why we are continuously developing our products and service portfolio, as well as our training courses that help medical professional develop skills needed for the future. The products we’ve launched here at the Arab Health 2018, including the Cios Spin mobile C-arm and the Mammomat Revelation, are redefining the biopsy workflow in mammography and are pushing the boundaries of precision medicine and patient comfort,” commented Ole Per Maloy, managing director of Siemens Healthineers, Middle East and South East Africa.


    Manufacturers and providers of personalised healthcare products and services showcased pioneering technologies in the first-ever Personal Healthcare Technology Zone.


    Taking up an area of more than 800sqm, the zone featured smart watches, health monitors, telemedicine technologies, and mobile device accessories.


    As part of the Personal Healthcare Technology Zone, the recently introduced Product Demo Zone also featured the latest smart healthcare products, from a healthcare concierge app which helps you connect to pharmacies and doctors, to the first smartphone electrocardiograph that enables remote reporting, to glucose monitoring devices.


    David Mezher, general manager of GE Healthcare Middle East said: “Digital technology is transforming the way healthcare is delivered across the region. Healthcare providers are increasingly looking at building innovative, outcome-based care systems that are efficient, cost-effective and offer the best quality of patient care possible.


    “This transformation is directly in line with the vision of Ministries of Health across the Middle East, particularly the Gulf, where we see a rising incidence of lifestyle and non-communicable diseases that require earlier, more accurate diagnosis.”


    The 3D Medical Printing Zone returns for a second year in partnership with the DHA, displaying the most innovative technologies that are revolutionising the healthcare sector and the limitless clinical applications of 3D printing.


    Accompanying the exhibition this year are 19 business and Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences as part of the Arab Health Congress. The event is hosting more than 4,200 exhibiting companies and 8,000 delegates from across the globe; from 29 January to 1 February at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

  • UAE’s first online pharmacy launched



    Dubai: A new pharmacy app will enable patient’s medication delivered home in under an hour at no extra service charge, it was announced at Arab Health 2018 on Wednesday.


    Elaborating on how the system works, Dr Azad Moopen, chairman and founder of Aster DM Healthcare group, told Gulf News: “The way it will work is that when a doctor gives a prescription, the patient can upload the picture of the prescription and other verification documents like Emirates ID and health insurance (card). Our call centre will process it, get approvals, get your location so the nearest Aster pharmacy to your home is able to deliver it within 60 minutes.”
    The online pharmacy which is a pilot project is already functioning in Dubai and residents can download the app. The Ministry of Health and Prevention is likely to approve it for application throughout pharmacies in the UAE soon.


    The pharmacy will be able to process online requests for over the counter (OTC) and prescription medicines only. The facility is not available for controlled medicines as of now,


    The patient can pay online or pay cash on delivery.


    “In case of the insurance not approving the medication or only communication channels are open, we send message on the app to know if they want the medication despite the part or full approval or rejection. This saves precious waiting time at an actual pharmacy which can be stressful in times of indisposition,” Dr Moopen added.