DHA staff will be able to assess patients before they arrive at the hospital Image Credit: Getty

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has signed a MoU with Avanza Solutions, as part of which Avanza’s Smart City Medical Management Platform, Acuity, will be rolled out in the city. Acuity is a smart application that gives DHA an idea of what is happening across Dubai. The MoU was signed by H.E. Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of DHA, and Waqas Mirza, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Avanza Solutions, at the Dubai Future Accelators programme. 

The system will be invaluable for Expo 2020 when the population of Dubai will grow from 3 million to 25 million over a six-month period. For clinical emergencies such as a heart attack, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. It is in these situations that the application can make timely evidence-based decisions.

Introducing AI

Using artificial intelligence the system carries out complex commands that get activated once the patient is in the ambulance. This includes looking for the closest hospital with available beds, alerting relevant hospital teams and reserving beds.

By using Acuity, a heart-attack victim would not be transferred to the emergency department but be sent straight to the cardiac suite, saving valuable time.

Avanza has merged its knowledge of blockchain and artificial intelligence with the expertise of clinicians and emergency care specialists. In collaboration with internationally trained healthcare professionals, the project aims to link the right patient to the right location, with the right clinician. 

“Innovation is at the heart of everything DHA is doing to make Dubai one of the best healthcare providers in the world,” says Al Qutami. “We are confident that Avanza’s technology and platform in conjunction with its team of medical experts will deliver a highly advanced medical nerve centre for Dubai. This will result in faster and highly efficient handling of emergency and trauma patients, thereby saving many more lives.”

Waqas Mirza, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Avanza Solutions, says, “Acuity is a platform that enables a city to respond to its residents in times of need. Avanza is proud to be associated with the leadership, which continues on its path to build an efficient and smart city.”

The aim of Acuity is to match supply of critical medical facilities and equipment with real-time demand in emergency cases. In future, Acuity will be able to predict healthcare demand, allowing DHA to plan accordingly. This would ensure healthcare delivery is optimised and demand never outstrips supply.