Hospital is not always the most pleasant place to be. For most (if not all) patients, going for an MRI or CT scan is a daunting prospect, as sitting in a claustrophobic space is not most people’s idea of a fun afternoon. Time and again, research has shown that the environment patients are treated in can have a big impact on their health.
Synergy is defined as an entity greater than the sum of its parts. That is what the convergence of technology, design and medical expertise has produced in the Suleiman Al-Habib hospital in Dubai, making it the only hospital of its kind in the region.
The hospital uses the latest hardware and software making it one of the most advanced healthcare facilities in the region, combining the best medical technology to create not only a better facility but also a better environment for patients. The vision of the hospital of the future is now a reality, with all elements working in harmony for the benefit of clinicians and patients alike.
The cutting-edge medical equipment being used there makes for a more immersive, engaging and stimulating experience, rather than the isolating, claustrophobic and oppressive experience imaging can sometimes be. Patients can listen to music streamed from their own device when undergoing a scan, and can choose from a range of visual themes, designed for men, women and children, to change the appearance of the room to their taste.
Harnessing the power of the Industrial Internet, which we report on regularly on the Pulse, the integration of medical equipment, medical data and IT systems gives doctors powerful tools to improve outcomes for patients and improve their stay in hospital. Doctors can share medical imaging results and other diagnostic data with experts located elsewhere for a second opinion, in order to determine the most accurate diagnosis and the best treatment possible. This ‘digital hospital’ is also a place where patient records, tests, treatment plans and other information is secure, but always at hand for caregivers across the facility.
Suleiman Al-Habib Hospital is the Habib Medical Group’s flagship facility, located in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). DHCC is a growing regional hub for healthcare that also serves the large and growing population of citizens and residents living in the UAE.
“As a leading provider of medical healthcare in the region, Dr. Suleiman Al-Habib Medical Group is proud to operate this cutting-edge Digital Hospital that is home to some of the most innovative digital technology and comprehensive patient centered solutions available in the world,” said Nasser Al Huqbani, President and CEO of the Suleiman Al-Habib Medical Group. “Our technology partner, GE, has once again demonstrated their commitment to supporting us in our ongoing endeavors to offer superior healthcare services to the community.”
Many hope this is a sign of things to come for the wider Middle East and North Africa Region, as well as for the rest of the world.