UAE: Abu Dhabi Department of Health signs MoU with AI company

From the left: Vikraman Poduval, chief executive officer of Saal.ai; Saleh Al Hashemi, managing director of Saal.ai; Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohamed Al Hamed, chair of the Department of Health and Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, undersecretary of the Department of Health

The Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH) has signed an MoU with Saal.ai to work together in developing advanced AI solutions for the healthcare sector.

The agreement will allow the use AI solutions and products offered by Saal.ai to assist in improving the department’s internal functions and ecosystem, as well as advancing the services offered by healthcare providers for patients and people in the region.

‘We at the Department of Health Abu Dhabi have our eyes set on the future, working today to develop future strategic plans that shed light on embedding AI to further enhance the healthcare sector,’ said Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, undersecretary of the DoH. ‘We are honoured to join forces with Saal.ai, as it will help us in accelerating the adoption of AI solutions in the Emirate’s healthcare sector, without compromising the quality of healthcare services provided to the Abu Dhabi community.’

Saleh Al Hashemi, managing director of Saal.ai, said: ‘This strategic partnership with the Department of Health is a monumental step in advancing our contributions towards the healthcare sector, and it reflects our commitment in heightening the Emirate’s standing globally, in line with Abu Dhabi government’s Ghadan 21.

‘Artificial intelligence holds the potential to transform the healthcare sector by making use of scattered data, enabling nurses and doctors to be more efficient, and enhancing the services delivered by healthcare providers,’ he continued. ‘This agreement reflects our efforts in augmenting clinical resources and while AI remains in its budding steps within the sector, we aim to assist DoH’s vision in fusing AI applications within healthcare to optimise the sector’s services.’

The Ghadan 21 is a three-year AED57bn development plan with the aim of improving the competitiveness of the business environment, supporting and enabling SMEs, strengthening the private sector, and increasing transparency and engaging with Abu Dhabi businesses.

The first phase includes over 50 initiatives that reflect the priorities of residents and investors.