An Xpress check-in clinic by the Emirates Health Services (EHS) drew a lot of attention from the attendees of Arab Health 2023 on Monday.
The UAE health authorities have launched several innovative health projects at this year’s edition of the health conference, which began on Monday at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Explaining the smart way to check in patients at the Xpress check-in clinic, Fatma Al Ahmed, IT specialist digital health department, EHS, said: “So, this is the digital clinic capsule for the check-in facilities. It is a smart way to get patients in the hospital. In the first phase, it is done for general physicians and family doctors. To start, one has to insert the Emirates ID card in the machine (like an ATM). The machine will accept the ID and immediately assign the patient with a doctor by way of appointment. It will tell you if your visit is covered by insurance or not, failing which the patient will have to pay. After you finish up this, then you insert the ID again, this time to enter the digital clinic.”
Supporting the UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031, the smart clinics that look like a capsule are fitted with easy-to-use medical devices.
These clinics will be available at government hospitals in Sharjah in its first phase, following which it will witness a national roll out, even in private hospitals later.
“Then the patients see the doctor on the other side of the screen, like video consultation… depending on the availability of the doctor. The walls of the room will be blurred for privacy purposes. Then the doctor guides the patients to use the various equipment attached to the chair on which the patient is seated. The patient can assess himself/herself using those devices like a BP monitor, thermometer and other basic tools that can be used easily. After this self-assessment, the statics are automatically uploaded to a screen in front. After this, the doctors give the prescription and the patient can then head to the pharmacy,” Ahmed added.
News Source: Khaleej Times