29 Jan, 2015
Abu Dhabi, 28 January 2015 – Etisalat, the UAE’s leading telecommunication company and Enayati; a UAE based Canadian Home Healthcare Center, signed a memorandum of understanding today for the pilot launch of an innovative patient home monitoring system. The system, developed and manufactured by British health technology company - Equivital, includes body worn sensors which measure multiple physiological parameters in real time.
The development of wearable and mobile healthcare technologies is reducing the burden of healthcare cost and frequent, inconvenient visits to the clinic, thereby enriching people’s quality of life. Etisalat’s nationwide 3G, 4G mobile and fibre-optic broadband networks are opening doors to many such innovative solutions in the field of e-health and mobile health, helping healthcare systems in the UAE evolve.
Salvador Anglada, Chief Business Officer at Etisalat, said, “At Etisalat, we believe that 'Digital Health' offers a great opportunity to improve health care services in the UAE. Our partnership in this instance brings together the best of breed solutions for the “In-home care" marketplace. We see this as a major step that will prove efficacy in clinical outcomes and is in line with Etisalat’s vision to bring state-of the-art healthcare ICT solutions to the region.
During the pilot, Enayati will be able to efficiently manage high volumes of variable, real time and retrospective data for its patients while they are in the comfort of their homes.
“This will be the first time that such an innovative patient monitoring system is used in the home environment in the Region, and Enayati is taking the lead on this”, said Mariam Hasan, the Founding Director of Enayati Home Healthcare Center. “Enayati has positioned itself as a leader in homecare, with a focus on Patient Safety. Using the Equivital platform, including the body worn LifeMonitor sensor, Enayati’s home care nurse will be able to monitor changes in patient condition and alert Enayati’s clinical team and the most responsible physician instantly, therefore allowing for any adjustments in the care plan to occur with no delays. “Doctors don’t know what happens to patients when they leave the hospital.” Mariam added, “But with our new capability, we will relieve the doctor of such unknowns and create a culture of patient safety.” The new system will also provide family members with a dedicated portal to monitor the health status of their loved ones while they are away.
“We are thrilled about the opportunity to work closely with Etisalat on piloting the Equivital system. It is critical to have accurate and immediately available data when delivering care to complex patient cases. Because we strongly believe in value and safety driven homecare; having such insights, will position us to deliver precisely that to our patients”, added Mariam Hasan.
“We are excited that this unique collaboration with Enayati & Etisalat will highlight the importance of using real time clinical data alongside longitudinal data to improve patient outcomes, whilst providing further efficiencies in delivering that care,” said Anmol Sood, CEO of Equivital Ltd.