Khawarizmi International College & Oxford Immune Algorithmics signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration for the further promotion and understanding of Smart Health in the UAE.
The signing of the ceremony was graced by H.E. Mr. Patrick Moody, UK Ambassador to the UAE. CEO of Khawarizmi Holding Company and President of KIC Dr. Assem Al-Hajj, and CEO of Oxford Immune Algorithmics Dr. Hector Zenil signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
The MoU aims to promote increased collaboration, cooperation, and interaction for the further promotion and understanding of Smart Health. Smart Health is value-based healthcare that encompasses better diagnostic tools, better treatment for patients, and devices that improve the quality of life of patients and medical staff.
‘This is our first MoU with an international company since the renewal of our institutional licensure last January.’ stated Dr. Al-Hajj. ‘Through this MOU I see new opportunities for sharing information and resources.’ KIC president also noted that collaboration with OIA, an award-winning Biotech company that is incubated by the University of Oxford, which builds technology to advance healthcare with a cutting-edge solution called Algocyte, is key to the further development of the UAE’s healthcare sector.
According to Dr. Zenil, OIA’s Algocyte is a demonstration of how AI-based continuous health monitoring is able to save lives, by pinpointing health-related problems even on people who seem completely healthy. Preventive medicine is key to addressing the shortage of healthcare workers, with WHO predicting a shortage of 15 Million healthcare workers by 2030, indicating the importance of freeing the world of preventable diseases.
OIA is also creating Algocyte’s Mobile Health Station, a portable AI-imaging device for rapid on-the-spot assessment of the immune system, allowing it to perform most universal medical tests on a handheld device. Eventually, astronauts will be using this device to check their health. With the help of Khawarizmi international college, Emirati astronauts will be equipped with Mobile Health Stations, to perform their first test in space.
The UAE is known for its comprehensive government-funded health service and a rapidly developing private health sector that delivers a high standard of health care to the population. In fact, the UAE’s national agenda emphasizes the importance of preventive medicine to ensure a longer, healthy life for citizens.
It is expected that such collaboration is both timely and relevant, considering global developments and the recent pandemic, will drive a new wave of world-class developments in Smart Health.