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Eye of Riyadh
Eye of Riyadh
Healthcare | Wednesday 3 June, 2020 2:47 pm |


American Hospital Dubai, part of Mohamed & Obaid Al Mulla Group, has announced the launch of the first artificial intelligence (AI) research center in the region in partnership with global health care technology company Cerner. The AI research center aims to leverage Cerner’s electronic health records (EHR) data along with its clinical AI and advanced data analytics tools to ultimately create centers of excellence for oncology, infectious diseases, 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.

Sherif Beshara, chief executive officer, Mohamed & Obaid Al Mulla Group, said, “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 health care 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, innovative use of 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 are privileged to partner with the American Hospital Dubai. This AI research center initiative will not only further enhance AHD’s response to the COVID-19 crisis but, more importantly, equip AHD with cutting-edge technologies to redefine health and care in the new post COVID-19 pandemic era,” said Alaa Adel, managing director, Cerner Middle East and Africa.

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. 

The AI research center will also allow American Hospital Dubai to leverage big data analytics to better understand the healthcare needs of the UAE population. This will empower American Hospital Dubai to create personalized care plans, predict disease courses and intervene earlier using risk assessment models incorporated into the EHR. 

“We are expected to launch the Center over the next three to six months. Cerner has a wealth of experience in health care 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,” Beshara said.


About American Hospital Dubai


A premier private healthcare provider in the Middle East, American Hospital Dubai was established in 1996 with the goal of providing world-class medical service to the community. The 252-bed, acute care, general medical/surgical private hospital has state-of-the-art facilities and an experienced team of healthcare professionals specialised in more than 40 medical and surgical specialties assuring comprehensive care. All physicians at American Hospital Dubai are American Board Certified or equivalent ensuring that patients receive international standard of care in the UAE.


American Hospital Dubai is the first hospital in the Middle East to be awarded the JCI while its laboratory is the first in the private sector in the region to be accredited by the College of American Pathologists. The hospital is also the inaugural member of the prestigious Mayo Care Network. Further, American Hospital Dubai’s cancer programme was the first to offer comprehensive one-stop care in Dubai. The Life Support Training Centre at American Hospital Dubai is the first in a private hospital in the UAE to be an American Heart Association (AHA) International Training Center.


To ensure the highest standards of care, American Hospital Dubai has implemented the Service Excellence Programme while its Clinical Education Department offers multidisciplinary education programmes for clinical staff.


American Hospital Dubai also operates two dedicated clinics – in Dubai Media City and Al Barsha – serving the community by being closer to them.

About Cerner

Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems in thousands of contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit Cerner.comThe Cerner Blog or connect on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, Twitter or The Cerner Podcast. Nasdaq: CERN. Health care is too important to stay the same.


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