Making Smart Dubai Smarter

Seconds can be the difference between living, complications & death. Add to this clinical complexity, possibly a disease outbreak or a tower-block fire; any health-care system would be stretched to its limit. We strongly believe that the Acuity technology platform, with our globally trained medical experts, can facilitate clinicians to save lives”

Having arrived in Dubai in 2016, I realised the potential was immense to develop a health care system based on some neat IT infrastructure. Like in most advanced health care systems, I noted the issue of how best to to share healthcare assets share in a timeless and seamless way.

Reaching out to a Alumni at London Business School we started to work on a solution that could utilise Artificial Intelligence in decision making. Mr Waqas Mirza of Avanza and my London Business School colleague was willing to lend a hand.

For clinical emergencies, such as a heart attack, stroke or road traffic accident; seconds can be the difference between life and death. This is where Avanza’s Smart City Medical Management Platform “Acuity” will help to saves lives. Acuity is a Smart application for Smart Dubai, which will give the DHA perspective of what is happening across the city. Invaluable for Expo 2020 when the population of Dubai will burgeon from 3 million to 25 million over a 6-month period.

Lets take the emergency scenario once again. An urgent call is made to ambulance control and the ambulance is dispatched. As the ambulance is in on it’s way, Acuity, using Artificial Intelligence activates a series of complex decisions and messages to the medical network in the virtual nerve centre. This then leads to hospital activation, a hospital bed being reserved and even the appropriate medical team readied for imminent arrival of the patient. Acuity, then takes things a step further. Recognizing specific scenarios Acuity will be able to activate clinical teams. As such, the heart-attack victim would not waste time in the Emergency department and instead be whisked seamlessly into the cardiac suite to receive that life-saving stent.

Deploying such solutions that require multiple government agencies to work together would always be a challenge. Add to the mix of key private hospital partnerships, complexity just increased.

That is where the Dubai Future Accelerator program steps in … DFA is type of incubator allowing individuals and companies to bring great ideas and the ideas be sanctioned from the leadership down.

Avanza knew, to make Acuity Super-Smart, they needed to merge their knowledge of Block-Chain and Artificial Intelligence with the expertise of clinicians and emergency care specialists. In a unique collaboration with internationally trained health care professionals, Avanza is aiming to achieve the holy-grail – right patient at the right location with the right clinician. To make Acuity smarter and capable of responding to the regional nuisances, Acuity will store data and use it to design better algorithms based on concepts of machine learning. Additionally, Acuity allows the DHA and hospital-based healthcare professionals to be able to view data pertaining to specific patients, as the data is being entered by the Ambulance crew. Thereby, vital observations are shared on the Acuity platform so that any number of doctors can discuss the case, with chat being possible within Acuity in real-time.

The ultimate aim for Acuity is to match supply of critical medical facilities and equipment with real-time demand of emergency cases. In the future, Acuity could even predict health-care demand and in-doing so, the DHA could fore plan using Dubai’s network of private and public hospital’s. This would ensure healthcare delivery is optimized and demand never outstrips supply. Further as Acuity gains traction smart IOT architecture can further provide vital synergies allowing the Acuity nerve centre to react and respond in ways one could never fathom. For example, knowing at the exact time a bed is vacated by a patient or when a specifically trained doctor enters the building and is required for an emergency for a patient that is en-route.

Globally, large-scale events, be it natural or man-made, have stretched medical systems and placed undue strain on cities and their citizens. In this regard, Acuity has a central preparatory role, allowing Dubai to be protected under a shroud of technological efficiency. Avanza, through Acuity, facilitates healthcare professionals, allowing the Dubai Health Authority to delivery on its mandate to preserve and protect the people of Dubai.

Lets make Smart Dubai ….. Smarter