Dubai Innovates with Smart Chairs

Dubai Innovates with Smart Chairs

11th Oct 2017

Dubai’s Health Authority is to install new ‘smart chairs’ at healthcare facilities across the Emirate, with these being capable of screening many aspects of a patient’s health, non-invasively, in just seven minutes.

 

The implementation, which was publically announced on Sunday October 8th, will see the first chairs rolled out in primary health centres in the Emirate later this month, with hopes high that they will be available in all facilities by early next year.

 

Speaking at the official launch of the pioneering scheme, Amani Al Jasemi, the DHA’s Head of IT, outlined the range of tests that the chairs are able to carry out: “This non-invasive screening facility measures the vital parameters such as temperature, blood circulation, blood pressure, stress levels, fatigue index, and peripheral blood flow that gives a warning of plaque formation along with Basal Metabolic Rate and fat composition through infrared technology.”

 

Dubai Innovation Centre chief, Manoj Menon, has also managed to secure a patent on the chair, which will be able to detect hormone imbalances soon - making it technology that is truly exclusive to the Emirate.

 

Also speaking at the press conference, he outlined what the future held for the scheme: “From November onwards we are making this screening tool more interactive. The app will be made available for individuals undergoing screening on the chair, and it will track behavioural changes in a person; such as impact of either smoking or alcohol consumption or the starting of a diet and exercise programme. It will also make provision for entering laboratory results; so based on these additional parameters, we will be able to give out the top three health concerns of the particular individual.”

 

Despite the oil price slowdown, Dubai remains at the forefront of medical technology - with the healthcare sector set to play a key role in the transition from an oil-centric economy.

 

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