American Hospital Dubai, part of the Mohamed & Obaid Al Mulla Group is teaming up with global healthcare technology company Cerner to open the health system’s first artificial intelligence research center.
The hospital expects to launch the center over the next three to six months, Serif Beshara, CEO of Mohamed & Obaid Al Mulla Group, said in a news release. The research center will use Cerner’s EHR data and clinical AI and data analytics tools to create Centers of Excellence for oncology, infectious disease, and bariatric medicine.
The AI research center is set to use big data analytics and machine learning capabilities to support data-based clinical research activities and data-driven operational improvement projects. Moreover, the AI research center will focus on two key projects: enabling home health experiences and enhancing care management related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are expected to launch the center over the next three to six months,” Beshara said. “Cerner has a wealth of experience in healthcare information technology and data analytics worldwide, and the timing of the center could not have been better given the challenging times we are all experiencing during this global pandemic.”
As part of enabling new and improved home health experiences, the virtual medicine concept will provide smart and convenient services to patients, such as telemedicine, video, and phone visits, from anywhere. Remote patient monitoring using connected devices that are integrated with the patient’s health portal and accessible by caregivers will further enhance this experience.
“We are privileged to partner with the American Hospital Dubai,” said Alaa Adel, Managing Director, Cerner Middle East, and Africa. “This AI research centre initiative will not only further enhance American Hospital Dubai’s response to the Covid-19 crisis but, more importantly, equip the hospital with cutting-edge technologies to redefine health and care in the new post-COVID-19 pandemic era.”
American Hospital Dubai is a 252-bed hospital and the inaugural member of Mayo Clinic Care Network, which connects independent health systems with access to the Rochester, Minn.-based health system’s medical experts.
Cerner is using AI for predictions of outpatient populations, readmission predictions, and heart failure predictions. It is the only vendor with coding and documentation assistance.
The vendor’s AI applications within EHR include charge assist for accurate coding, chart assistant for documentation improvement, chart search for natural language-driven search engine spanning, virtual scribe to decipher clinician/patient conversations, and voice assist for proof-of-concept phase.
Through Cerner and American Hospital Dubai’s AI center, patients will be able to use smart and convenient services including telemedicine, video, and phone visits, from anywhere.
Sherif Beshara further detailed, “We are proud to collaborate with Cerner on this new landmark initiative for the region. Together, we share the vision and strategy of the UAE Government and rulers to use the power of AI to help minimize the burden of chronic diseases, ultimately for the welfare of our citizens and residents. We also relate closely to the Government’s mission to fully integrate AI into medical and security services. This initiative takes us one step closer to our objective: to continue to redefine a patient-centric healthcare delivery system, thereby empowering individuals to proactively manage their health.”
Innovative use of data through AI is a promising approach for making significant progress in the areas of virtual medicine, population health management, data analytics, and visualization as well as advanced clinical decision support. These developments may have significant positive influences on the individual’s health journey.
“We also relate closely to the Government’s mission to fully integrate AI into medical and security services. This initiative takes us one step closer to our objective: to continue to redefine a patient-centric health care delivery system, thereby empowering individuals to proactively manage their health,” said Beshara.