Ai as a Transformational Force in Healthcare

Ai as a Transformational Force in Healthcare

World’s first country to establish the “Ministry of Artificial Intelligence”, UAE is all geared up for Ai-assisted healthcare transformation. An estimated 62% of the people in UAE already welcome the implementation of Ai and robotics in personalized healthcare services. Healthcare is deemed to be the most influenced field by the use of Artificial Intelligence. This disruptive technology has already touched major milestones in multiple levels of healthcare services:

• Investment in Ai accelerates the achievement of innovative healthcare breakthroughs. Ai also results in huge economic outcomes and growth opportunities for the youth and young entrepreneurs

• The power of Ai to assess vast amounts of data faster, more efficiently and accurately saves valuable time. The use of Ai in analytics frees up other resources in radiology, cardiology and pathology diagnosis

• The expedited ability of Ai to determine and predict human behavioral patterns more precisely makes it ideal as preventive technology

• Ai as assistive technology makes it possible to achieve patient data on-the-go. Ai can provide personalized healthcare through wearable devices without the involvement of human attendants

• Human attendants can be replaced by Ai monitoring equipment in critical care units

• Precision medication is possible with using Ai not only preventing over-dosage errors but also introducing the possibility of custom medication

• Ai-assisted robotic surgery brings ground-breaking improvements in surgical procedures. Ai ensure increasing service efficiency and diminishing chances of miscalculation and complications

AI INNOVATION AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH

As per CB Insights, healthcare is actually the most popular area for investment within Ai. A record rate of companies are entering the field of AI healthcare every year. In the Middle East alone, the investment in Artificial Intelligence represents a magnanimous opportunity of up to $320 billion. A new report says that Artificial intelligence is set to give the UAE economy a $182 billion boost by 2035.

More fiscal allocation into Ai education and innovative start-ups means more employment opportunities and greater scope for the youth. A 2016 report from CB Insights actually shows that by 2020, 86% of healthcare provider organizations, life science companies, and technology vendors to healthcare will spend an average of $54 million dollars on Ai Projects.

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, the UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, shared his point of view at the launch of the UAE’s first-ever AI Summer Camp this year, “Artificial intelligence (Ai) is going to save the UAE billions of dirhams – and could help save lives – when it becomes fully integrated by the government.”
The future of Healthcare looks particularly Ai driven however you look at it. Google certainly sees it that way having been turning its focus to healthcare. Google plans to use Ai for the purpose of detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases including diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, and heart disease, among others.

Ai AS PREVENTIVE TECHNOLOGY – DIAGNOSTICS AND ANALYTICS

As far as diagnostics and analytics are concerned, Ai is significantly useful in the fields of radiology, cardiology, and pathology. Having the power to assess mountains worth of data at an incredible speed, there is no human comparison for Ai. In fact, the prowess of Ai in predicting disease patterns makes it the future of preventive technology. In cases where even the smallest nuance can help identify the direction of a disease, AI definitely transcends the human eye. Such as in medical imaging where it is important to drill down to the pixel level to study disease patterns.

As Jeffrey Golden, MD, Chair of the Department of Pathology at BWH and a professor of pathology at HMS, puts it, “Ai can screen through slides and direct us to the right thing to look at so we can assess what’s important and what’s not. That increases the efficiency of the use of the pathologist and increases the value of the time they spend for each case.”

ASSISTIVE AI AND VIRTUAL CLINICIANS

Another area of great interest for Artificial Intelligence is its application in clinical decision support. Ai devices can be used to regulate patient symptoms, medication, and medical advice. With smartphones having the ability to track even the heartbeats or footsteps of the user, a large amount of healthcare data is being generated all the time. Ai can use this data to extract valuable insights into patient information. These insights can further guide the patients in staying ahead of, for instance, the symptoms of a genetic disease. In the same way, Ai can also help the physicians in delivering better healthcare services.

Dr. Mariam Matar, Founder & Chairperson of UAE Genetic Diseases Association, is very hopeful about using Ai for reducing the effect and prevalence of genetic disorders, “Inherited genetic mutation does not largely decide our destiny anymore. Advances in genetics has transformed preventive medicine for the better. Technology such as next-generation sequencing has uncovered the genes responsible for more than 50 per cent of all rare diseases.”

Immunotherapy is perhaps the most promising avenues for using Ai to study the growth and behavior of cancerous tumors. AI can further help develop a system using body’s own immune system against the malignant tumors. This is vastly possible through the use of machine learning algorithms. These algorithms use insights based on individual’s unique genetic makeup and data-sets to qualify for a suitable therapy option.

PRECISION MEDICINE AND Ai ASSISTED SURGERY

According to a study, dosing errors make up 37% of all preventable medical errors. Approximately, 100 undetected dispensing errors can occur each day as a result of the significant volume of medications dispensed. Leveraging AI to determine and administer correct dosage of medication can benefit both patients and doctors. This is especially true for events where the correct dose is critical to ensuring success in a surgery such as in organ transplant.

Done the right way, the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare could literally translate into massively improving healthcare industry practices. Dr. Mazin A. Gadir, Senior Specialist at The Executive Office for Organizational Transformation, currently responsible for Dubai Health Authority’s Artificial Intelligence Program, says that in the UAE all healthcare facilities are working alongside the authorities towards putting together plans and finding partners for AI integration while “the challenge is on how to operationalise AI into healthcare.”

Artificial Intelligence based healthcare system offers major breakthroughs towards dramatically improving clinical productivity. The future, as we see it, will reveal a huge transformation in healthcare landscape within the next decade.

Standalone Virtual Reality Headsets: Inside The Parallel World of Immersive Technologies

Standalone Virtual Reality Headsets: Inside The Parallel World of Immersive Technologies

The notion of existence of parallel worlds or universes has intrigued mankind for a long time and we keep trying to find a passageway into those mysterious worlds. While those efforts are still underway and have yet to see any success, we already have the virtual world in our access with increasing control through the use of immersive technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality or both, 

 

This virtual world gives us complete control in a simulated environment and lets us be more creative and experimental with what is possible. This ability to control, experiment, learn and apply, is transforming the classroom experience all around the world. There is nothing better to make a child become more focused and learn better than by transporting them to a wonder world. As of now, this is the impact that these immersive virtual experiences are having on young minds where the two worlds of imagination and knowledge meet together.

 

What’s more exciting is that the technical and hardware limitations are also being progressively overcome by premium tech companies such as HTC, and we are able to do more within these virtual environments without breaking contact with the outside world. Dr. Sana Farid, the ARVR & Ai Strategist and Co-founder & CEO of VRXOne, has been taking HTC VIVE to classrooms all over Middle East, and has talked about her experience saying, “We have found HTC to be a game-changing experience in VR education. It has been a great experience exploring the potential of experiential learning and bringing classroom lessons to life with VIVE and the highly immersive platform of Lifeliqe, and we are hoping that the VR education will become still more enhanced in future.” Making school lessons fun and exciting, Lifeliqe is a visual learning platform that offers an extensive range of digital curriculum including highly interactive 3D as well as AR, VR and MR models designed for STEM learning.

Going back to the hardware, HTC VIVE FOCUS, the world’s first standalone virtual reality headset, actually packs some great updates to that end including smartphone integration which enables us to receive calls, messages and even view social media notifications within the FOCUS VR interface without having to take off the headset. Additionally, we have more control via FOCUS with the inclusion of gesture recognition, greater Depth of Field (6DoF) and better battery life as well as the Passenger and Surroundings modes. The ‘Passengers’ mode lets us enjoy a seated VR experience without tracking constraints whereas ‘Surrounding’ mode lets us view our surrounding real world through the Focus camera which means we don’t have to remove the headset every time we need to do something outside of the virtual world.

Alvin Wang Graylin, the China President of Vive at HTC, certainly has a bright vision for the VR future, “Standalone is a trend that will become the mass market product”, adding further he said, “I believe that VR can change the world.”

Indeed, standalone devices will have a big impact on the VR market increasing the overall accessibility and usability of the technology. As per the Technovio’s Market Research Report the global virtual reality market in education sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 59% until 2022 whereas the VR gear in education market is expected to reach $1,060.87 million in 2021. These are huge statistics for VR market and we certainly can’t wait for VR technology to become mainstream in education.

Immersive Learning – Creating A Nexus for Knowledge Based Economy

Immersive Learning – Creating A Nexus for Knowledge Based Economy

Change is probably one of the most powerful and inevitable phenomena in the world. Someone once said – teachers change the world one child at a time. This statement really sheds light on the influential role of teachers in the life of nations. But today, in this particular time, teachers have added responsibility beyond their traditional role as instructors, mentors, and resource providers. Today they also have to assume the role as leading facilitators for pioneering and affecting modern ed-tech practices and immersive learning in the classrooms.

 

In view of which, the Ministry of Education, UAE, is presenting various programmes across the year for teachers’ training in Ajman Teachers’ Training Institute, focusing on STREAM education approach and state-of-the-art learning facilitation practices in schools. The objective of such platforms is to instill a culture of innovation and a sense of entrepreneurship in the Emirati teachers in addition to promoting STREAM based education and community partnership.

Speakers and trainers would deliver invaluable exercises and discussions in practices and methodologies to boost research and creative competencies of teachers expanding upon their central role in preparing a generation that can nourish the growth and expanse of knowledge based economy in the Middle East by way laying the groundwork for integration of STREAM approach as well as linking STREAM schools with universities and ultimately labor markers.

 

Considered a key to sustainable leadership and innovative practices in a changing world, STREAM education is perceived as a crucial catalyst for accelerated socio-economic and ecological growth and development in the age of 4th industrial revolution. In that regard, the UAE teachers are exposed to exclusive opportunities to receive substantial training in implementing the ways to promote student learning, participation and entrepreneurial aptitudes through creative practices – from employing innovative STREAM education approaches to immersive ed-tech technologies in the classroom.

 

One of the highly acknowledged trainers in the Ministry of Education, UAE, coming from Bahrain, is Dr. Sana Farid, a pioneer ARVR & Ai Strategist, Research Analyst, Coach and Entrepreneur. Contributing to conduct training session in implementation of innovation and technology in learning practices in view of STREAM approach to education. Previously receiving the Award of Appreciation from the UAE Ministry of Education, in appreciation to train large scale of nearly 10,000 teachers for immersive technologies in the classroom, Dr. Sana is the President & Ambassador Women of Wearables MENA, Co-Chair VRAR Association MENA and one of the World Top 101 Women in ARVR.

Bearing in mind, how the training in STREAM approach and experience in immersive technologies is expected to raise a self-motivated and highly skilled generation for optimum attainment of a knowledge based economy, His Excellency Dr. Hussain Al Hammadi, the UAE for Minister of Education, commented, “To instill a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the students of primary education schools and to provide a specialized environment that embraces students’ initiatives in innovative aspects is one of the most important requirements of STREAM education.” [link] For this reason, the fourth session of the Forum was dedicated to encouraging and promoting practical applications driving the management of innovative practices and projects based on STREAM education which could then further attract the interest of local and international sponsors for forging relations, potential partnerships and accreditations within educational communities.

Bridging the Gap for Teachers to Improve Innovation in the Classroom

Bridging the Gap for Teachers to Improve Innovation in the Classroom

With the recent developments in the Middle East, it isn’t difficult to see what the future looks like for the region. And the reason for this foresight is the way immersive and innovative technologies are being channeled into the very fabric of the society. To quote the words of the driving force behind the shining bright face of UAE, the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, “Our goal in the UAE is to shape the future… We have a ministry, future accelerators, national plan and passion to succeed.” And certainly, His Highness is determinedly connecting all the dots and filling all the voids in the process.

 

Since the modern education technology is based on experience-based learning and real time performance assessment, this not only requires retraining of teachers but also their active involvement more than ever before. Luckily, the government of UAE is well-aware of this challenge and the Ministry of Education has taken many initiatives to address this issue. With the Qudwa – Global Teachers’ Forum, Teachers Forum, and the Arab Gulf Teachers Forum at Ajman Teachers’ Training Institute.

 

The Arab Teachers’ Training forum is another cog in the chain of projects to help introduce modern educational and teaching strategies and the mechanisms for their successful implementation within the current schooling system. The objective of the event is to communicate ways to help build a competitive and comprehensive learning environment and specifically, redefining the role of teachers and develop and improve their performance and contribution in order to garner the desired positive outcomes from schooling systems in the UAE.

 

Innovation in education has become a global phenomenon today where new approaches to classroom learning are fundamentally transforming the long-standing learning methodologies in the teaching profession. The new slant will not only transfigure the way students are taught in classroom but also introduce advanced techniques for the way teachers prepare for the new curriculum.

 

As Virtual Reality technology is being introduced in schools in the Middle East, such  event provide a great opportunity for the teachers to experience VR technology. Whereas, the leading VR education program – VRXOne is bringing the technology to classrooms through 1 million Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions, [News]. Educating teachers about integrating edtech tools in the classroom empowers them to upgrade the conventional learning system.

Google Expeditions has a “Guide” mode that teachers can use to prepare their lessons and to enhance their understanding of how best to go about a virtual tour prior to a classroom lesson. The acclaimed VR/AR/Ai Strategist, Speaker and Entrepreneur, Dr. Sana Farid, is conducting training session in VR-based education and implementation of VR technology in classrooms and empowering thousands of teachers across the region.

 

Thanks to VR edtech, the teachers and students can be trained pretty much simultaneously, saving valuable transition time as well as redefine classroom experience and create an innovative learning environment that will bridge that technology-inspired communication gap between student-teacher relationship.

Middle East Through the Lens of Full Scale Immersive Technologies

Middle East Through the Lens of Full Scale Immersive Technologies

I still remember being hit by a wave of fantasy and wonder the first time I saw Tom Cruise’s character John Anderton in ‘Minority Report’, tapping into the holographic overlays of his family memories in life-sized images that seem to just spring to life magnificently in the middle of the room. And then the 3D depiction of the character’s wife was something else too. It was not the first movie I saw that made use of such technological innovation but it was certainly one of the most powerful ones.

Today, however, we are seeing the realization of much more amazing and far more advanced immersive technologies being unfolded in the real world that are well poised to take the entire world by storm. As a matter of fact, they already have. Just a few years back what we could only read about in the pages of the books or experience by way of sci-fi movies, is all within grasp today. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are indeed changing the dynamics of the world around us. Many industries have already been experimenting with these technologies mainly using them for training purposes but now these disruptive technologies are all set to go mainstream.

As the world continues to embrace these remarkable technologies, Middle East has become one of the fastest growing AR/VR emerging markets. Not only that, the region is also attracting entrepreneurs, experts and businesses from all over the world in attempts to be in the middle of the action. UAE has been hosting many consecutive events where the professionals, startups and technologists have just been pouring in experiencing and taking part in the technological transformation of the region. The government has a set socio-economic agenda where the future is led by these innovative technologies of VR, AR and Ai (artificial intelligence).

Following suit, many industries have made heavy investments into implementing AR/VR into their business models. The idea is to improve processes, methods and consumer engagement by connecting operational data and human experience. Both, virtual and augmented realities leverage much the similar technology, mainly tracking to follow the head movements of the user and create realistic virtual imaging accordingly. And while the potential is visibly obvious for virtually any type of business, healthcare is one of the most influenced and most rapidly transformed by these technologies. As the research findings by the Lumus Vision point out, the healthcare industry will have reached a whopping $5.1 billion by 2025, followed by engineering close behind with $4.7 billion. According to the International Data Corporation, the Middle East and Africa market is expected to achieve a huge growth soaring to a massive $6 billion by 2020 for augmented and virtual reality.

But other sectors are fast catching up. For example, food industry is beginning to adopt the AR/VR technology in order to create creative and innovative pre-purchase customer experiences. One such example is of the startup Kabaq, intending to lead the immersive experiences for restaurants by introducing the first ever augmented reality menu. Using the Custom Snapchat World Lenses, Bareburger is one of the first restaurants to offer the AR menu for their consumers at locations in the U.S. as well as Dubai – where customers are able to view their meals from every angle before placing an order.

However, this disruptive transformation is much more monumental in education sector where the students, teachers, educationists and institutes are experiencing a whole new world of possibilities set in motion for creative learning techniques and educational opportunities. Following Emirati school-going students, students at Sharjah University have started to learn in depth about the applications in ARVR, by the distinguished ARVR Strategist and Simulation Expert, Dr. Sana Farid.

The Women of Wearables President MENA, Co-Chair VRAR Association UAE, and one of the top women in VRAR Worldwide Ranking – was hosted by the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center – Sheraa,  to speak about Virtual Reality, its applications in the corporate sector, related prospective growth sectors and emerging market trends as well as the utilization of the most impressive and engaging technologies aimed at reshaping the business policies in the light of future trends.

Likewise, other B2B and consumer-oriented businesses see the potential for growth in adopting AR/VR technologies aiming to contribute to successful customer engagement strategies including multi-sensory engagement, intellectual engagement and emotional connections. Grand examples are Abu Dhabi’s flag carrier Etihad Airways and Dubai’s real estate giant Jumeirah Group, two of the major Gulf brands adopting VR technology in order to create immersive customer experiences and promote their products and services. [Article]

As the awareness of these technologies grows among the public, this is not just what the businesses want to delve into, but also what the customers expect to see now. And while we may only just be beginning to see the tip of the iceberg by way of the potential that these technologies exhibit for future, AR and VR are already changing the face of the industries from entertainment to healthcare, from engineering to education, and from combat training to corporate world. And the important thing now is to join this evolution devising ways to build more holistic applications for AR and VR into the new business models and strategies.

 

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