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Dubai introduces AI-enabled smart device for home patient monitoring

Leveraging the use of artificial intelligence technology for remote patient monitoring, The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced that it would collaborate with Enpy, a local start-up, for the non-invasive medical device. The announcement came during the ongoing UAE Innovation Month 2021.

According to DHA, "Enpy's all-in-one non-invasive medical device is paired with a smartphone/tablet application. It measures vital signs.” It also added that the machine was a "healthcare companion" at home that combined integrated medical sensors, embedded electronics, and a unique user interface.

The authority plans to implement such technologies across its primary healthcare centres to foster remote patient monitoring initiatives. This will help "empower patients" and aid in early detection of health complications.

“It will also help healthcare professionals by providing them with vital patient data to ensure regular follow-up and better patient compliance,” said the DHA.

According to a statement, DHA is also expanding and adding newer specialisations to its Doctor for Every Citizen telemedicine service.

Commenting on the development, Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of the Primary Healthcare Sector at the DHA, said, “Over the last few years, we have focused on home patient monitoring , especially for elderly patients. We have also swiftly forayed into telemedicine.”

“The use of technology for remote patient monitoring is of particular importance in the current healthcare landscape of the world."

Meanwhile, Awadh Al Ketbi, Director-General of the DHA, said the authority will continue to focus on research, innovation and implementation of smart technologies "across all aspects of healthcare delivery and management".

The UAE Innovation Month, one of the largest initiative of its kind that seeks to celebrate the best in ideas on innovation from the government and private sectors as well as from the public, is organised under the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.