Health experts reveal life-saving technology is transforming emergency care in the UAE and around the world

  • Technology is already helping emergency providers save more lives, with endless possibilities for the future
  • Insights discussed on the first day of Arab Health 2023, which runs from January 30 to February 2, 2023.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Advances in digital healthcare are enabling emergency care providers to treat patients more quickly and efficiently, significantly improving health outcomes for patients around the world, according to experts at Arab Health.

Speaking on the opening day of Arab Health 2023, Dr. Rasha Buhumaid, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, shared insights into the latest innovations that bring the hospital to the patient. Key areas highlighted by Dr Buhumaid include artificial intelligence (AI), healthcare applications, video games, portable point-of-care diagnostic devices and medical drones, all of which reduce the time it takes to reach patients as well as provide greater access to health data and information.

Dr Buhumaid said: “In emergency medicine, time is of the essence. We have that golden hour – but sometimes seconds or minutes when our response to the patient is vital. New technologies are likely to have a greater transformative effect in the emergency care sector than in other areas of healthcare.

In the field of artificial intelligence, patient care technologies like Hexagon use digital maps to allocate where a patient’s prehospital care should be, increasing accuracy and healthcare delivery. Other areas where AI is proving invaluable include cardiology, with an AI tool that detects heart disease in 20 seconds – a process that would normally take 13 minutes – unveiled by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) on Arab Health 2023. In addition, portable on-site diagnostic devices such as EKGs mean patients can send data to their doctor before entering the Emergency Department.

Speaking of the role of technology in emergency care, Ross WilliamsExhibition Director for Informa Markets, said: “Innovation is in the spotlight at Arab Health 2023 and new technologies are changing the game for delivering life-saving treatment to patients in emergency situations. The event brings together visionaries from around the world who are at the forefront of these life-saving technologies.

“The fastest growing and most accessible area for health technology is in applications that provide invaluable and increasingly accurate patient data. Apps also play an important role in education, with the Air Fx app for medical care, for example, providing information and guidance for doctors, regardless of their area of ​​expertise, on how to respond to in-flight medical emergencies.”

Other important areas include transport and logistics, which can often present significant challenges to emergency care, and the latest innovations in health technology also offer major solutions in this area. During the Covid-19 pandemic, when social distancing was an important consideration, governments deployed drones to deliver medicine, PPE and blood products. Drones have also been used to deliver automated external defibrillator (AED) devices more quickly, saving more lives to people suffering cardiac arrest.

Technology also allows emergency providers to be better equipped for emergencies before they happen, with video games that allow them to practice rare procedures. Dr. Buhumaid concluded, “There will always be a place for the physical ER space, but technology is taking emergency medicine out of the hospital in due course, and we’re excited to see where that leads.”

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About Arab Health

Arab Health is the largest health event in the Middle East and is organized by Informa Markets. Established 48 years ago, Arab Health provides a platform for the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to meet the medical and scientific community in the Middle East and Subcontinent.

The Arab Health Congress is known for providing the highest quality continuing medical education (CME) conferences to medical professionals in the region.

Arab Health 2023 will be held from 30 January to 2 February 2023 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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