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    Dubai’s Hospital of the Future

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    Courtesy of Drsulaiman Alhabib

    Presented at ArabHealth in Dubai in late January, the newly opened  Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Digital Hospital in the United Arab Emirates biggest city is fully equipped with the latest technology, making it a real hospital of the future.

    Smart App

    It starts with the hospital’s app through which a patient can find the most suitable doctor and make an appointment online. In a second, the patient receives a confirmation SMS and, within 24 hours, a call to confirm, cancel or postpone the appointment.

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    Courtesy of GE Healthcare

    Paperless Hospital

    On the first visit, the hospital scans a patient’s ID and records his or her biometrics. Even the consent form is digitized. On subsequent visits, only a fingerprint scan is necessary for immediate access to the patient’s digital records. Another benefit of a paperless hospital is that patients can have access to their own medical records via their phone; doctors also can examine their patients’ records anytime, even from home, and prescribe medication as needed.

    State-Of-The-Art Equipment

    In partnership with GE Healthcare, the hospital is equipped with a state-of-the-art radiology department. For example, patients can choose and manage an enhanced audiovisual experience during their MRI or CT scans. Designed for adults and children alike, a range of 11 “themes” can be selected on an iPad before entering the examination room. During the scan, patients see images representing the chosen theme on a large ceiling-mounted screen, while ambient lighting and music help put them at ease. They can even choose music from their own media library.

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    Courtesy of GE Healthcare

    Ambulance with Google Glass

    The hospital has one emergency ambulance equipped with Google Glass. The unit is worn like a pair of glasses by the emergency medical technician, enabling en-route communication with the hospital doctor. The technician also can send pictures and videos.

    Modern Connected Rooms

    Rooms are specially designed to help patients relax, providing them with WiFi access, a smart bedside tablet to view prescription and medical records, talk to family, watch movies or control room lights, curtains, AC, etc. The hospital also likes to keep a watchful eye on its patients. For example, a camera atop each nursery crib enables a new mother to watch her newborn from her own room.


    About the Author

    Celia Sampol is a journalist with 13 years of experience in Paris, Brussels and Washington. She's now the editor-in-chief of MedicalExpo e-magazine.

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