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It enables a patient to interact digitally with a healthcare professional in order to conduct guided medical exams.

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Dubai launches first Kiosk-sized “smart” clinic featuring virtual doctors

Patients are greeted digitally by a receptionist, a doctor, and an on-site nurse for a virtual consultation at the UAE’s first smart clinic, which opened in Dubai.

The first-of-its-kind clinic, which is the size of a smart kiosk and is located in Dubai Festival City, allows people to stroll in and have a virtual consultation with a doctor.

Many common diseases, such as chronic respiratory difficulties, ear infections, sore throats, fever, colds and flu, allergies, pink eye, nausea, constipation, asthma, bronchitis, and common skin conditions like as contact dermatitis, rash, diaper rash, can all be diagnosed and treated.

People with chronic conditions are treated at Smart Clinic, which saves time and relieves patients of long lines. However, if the patient requires immediate medical attention, the doctor can summon an ambulance to transport the patient to a hospital for further evaluation.

Smart clinics, according to Dr. Haidar Saeed Al Yousuf, managing director of Al-Futtaim Health, aims to answer the real-world problem of patients who require immediate medical remedies from diagnosis and drugs by putting the solution in their hands. He added that in the size of a modest kiosk, it’s the next dramatic step in the growth of self-enabled medical technology.

The Dubai Health Authority’s CEO, Dr Marwan Al Mulla, stated that the authority constantly promotes healthcare innovation with its private sector partners, and Dubai aspires to be the best in everything it does, including healthcare.

Dr. Haidar explained that a doctor who can treat patients in multiple locations can listen to the patient’s heartbeat and check the chest, ear, eye, and skin, among other things, because they have many gadgets and tools to evaluate the patient and prescribe medicine that can be delivered to the patient wherever he or she desires.

“Today, you just need a repeat prescription. You don’t want to take half a day from your busy day and wait in line just to see the doctor. Almost 60 to 70 percent of the reasons that people see the doctor can be fully managed at the smart clinic,” he then added.

By the end of next year, Al-HealthHub Futtaim’s wants to open 50 smart clinics around the UAE, including at prominent companies’ headquarters, shopping malls, and supermarkets.

Dr Haidar went on to say that they are now implementing approximately 10 smart clinics, with the goal of having 20 smart clinics operating by the end of the year and that they already have one significant employer group on board, which plans to construct a smart clinic at its corporate headquarters and three other locations where it employs a substantial number of people.

He also mentioned that they had discussions with a grocery conglomerate about establishing smart clinics. The goal is to reach out to as many individuals as possible with high-quality healthcare. KMB/Expat Media


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