‘Eye of Paramedic’ allows doctors in Dubai to ‘see and treat’ patients in ambulances remotely

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Dubai: Dubai is rolling out a high-tech gadget called the ‘Eye of Paramedic’ to allow doctors to remotely ‘see and treat’ patients in the ambulance, it was revealed on the first day of the ‘Dubai Health Forum” Wednesday.

The headset for paramedics will transmit live data from patients in the ambulance to doctors in the emergency rooms. This will allow doctors to remotely give treatment instructions for critical patient care during the “Golden Hour”, the first 60 minutes that are crucial to saving lives in an emergency.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, were briefed on the project during their visit to the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Stall (DCAS) at Dubai Health Forum.

Khalifa Hassan Abdul Karim Al Darrai, executive director of DCAS, told Gulf News that the new gadget – presented jointly by Alleanza Group and Hippo Technologies – was given the name Eye of Paramedic by Sheikh Hamdan during the opening ceremony of the Forum. .

Originally named Hippo Virtual Care Solution, the “multi-reality” platform combines the latest advances in wearable computing with purpose-built automated clinical workflows to extend the reach for specialist clinicians to connect and care for patients at distance.

Pilot phase

Al Darrai said the plan is to roll out a pilot project with three wearable headsets that will initially be connected to the emergency department at Rashid Hospital’s trauma care center.

“Once the system becomes fluid and we have achieved the desired results, it will be extended to other public and private hospitals. We have reached an agreement with 29 hospitals to eventually introduce the system,” he said.

Dr. Shamsa Abdulla Ali Hammad, director of medical and technical affairs at DCAS, told Gulf News that the device will be a game-changer by increasing treatment during the Golden Hour. She said voice-activated hands-free wearable headsets will help doctors see and hear what paramedics see, hear and say. “They [doctors] can monitor this from anywhere.

Brent Hopkins, chief of staff at Hippo Technologies, said the physician viewing the ambulance images can guide a paramedic through a procedure. “There are four directional microphones [that provide 360-degree coverage]. He picks up the [voice of the] person wearing it. In addition to taking photos and videos, you can integrate it with an inventory management system. You can integrate it with other electronic or medical equipment, devices and signals,” he added.

The device can also scan QR codes. “You can label all your medications with QR codes. When you pick it up it will scan the code and tell you how much you have in the ambulance, what the expiration date is, if you need to restock, etc.

DCAS already has a system called Care Monix through which the hospital emergency room where an ambulance taking a patient gets the patient’s personal data and vital signs in real time.

Real-time data transfer

Dr. Shamsa said the new Eye of Paramedic device will complement Care Monix. “While doctors get parameters through Care Monix in real time, they can see the patient remotely and assess physical appearance as well and give instructions to start treatment early from the ambulance itself.”

She added that this will increase the efficiency of patient care, especially in critical cases such as strokes.

Hippo CEO and co-founder Dr. Patrick Quinlan said:[The new medical solution] can support the provision of expert care in the field by supporting paramedics [emergency medical technicians] and first responders during critical Golden Hour…By simultaneously connecting the medical specialist, emergency room team, and first responders in the field with an immersive “you are there” experience, this enables advanced clinical collaboration to providing the right diagnosis and treatment the first time, every time at the scene, in transit and in the emergency room.

Eddie Henaine, CEO of Alleanza Group-MENA, added, “We are excited to bring to the region an innovative new healthcare solution that will improve healthcare supply and capabilities and positively change healthcare standards. practice.

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