Rachel McArthur

Credit: Dr. Answer

By Rachel McArthur 08:28 am July 20, 2020
A South Korean artificial intelligence (AI) medical software solution is making its way to Saudi Arabia, it has been confirmed. Dr. Answer – a government-supported tool designed to “offer doctors accurate medical diagnosis by identifying abnormalities in body fluids and tissues” – will undergo clinical trials in the Kingdom. According to a Korean government spokesperson, it is the first time Dr....

Credit: ViroMasks

By Rachel McArthur 02:13 am July 13, 2020
United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based ViroMasks has launched a reusable face mask that it claims is able to eliminate the COVID-19 virus within half an hour of contact.  ViroMasks’ fabric is embedded with HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an “intelligent textile technology” designed to eliminate a range of bacteria and viruses that come into contact with its surface. Owned by HeiQ Group, which is part of the...

Credit: Group 42 and Oxford Nanopore Technologies

By Rachel McArthur 07:07 am June 10, 2020
A UAE-based artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing company has unveiled “population-scale technology” that is said to rapidly and accurately detect SARS-CoV-2, with an end-to-end solution expected to be launched “within weeks,” it announced in a statement. Abu Dhabi’s Group 42 (G42) has been working in partnership with the UK’s Oxford Nanopore Technologies, which specialises in advanced...

Credit: UVLicht

By Rachel McArthur 11:44 am June 9, 2020
A UAE expatriate has just launched the country’s first homegrown portable steriliser brand, with versions available for healthcare professionals and everyday consumers.  The hospital grade UVLicht Sterilizer can reportedly disinfect personal items, such as mobile phones, keys, and bank cards. Available in Pro and Lite editions, the Pro device can also be used to disinfect small medical tools....

Credit: Fine Hygienic Holding

By Rachel McArthur 01:35 am June 4, 2020
The Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region’s leading manufacturer of hygienic products has released promising results that its medical masks can protect against pathogens, including the coronavirus causing COVID-19. Now, its Swiss technology partner is hoping to expand on its distribution, with a focus to launch in the US. In collaboration with the University of Arizona, Fine Hygienic...

Credit: Helium Health

By Rachel McArthur 02:08 pm May 7, 2020
The Nigerian startup offers a comprehensive suite of technology solutions, including electronic medical records and telemedicine, as well as administration and financial management. Helium Health, a leading healthcare technology provider in West Africa, has just secured $10 million in investment from a Series A funding round, co-led by the UAE’s Global Ventures. The investment round was also co-...

Credit: Okadoc

By Rachel McArthur 09:22 am May 7, 2020
A UAE-based doctor appointment booking platform has fast-tracked the launch of its telemedicine solution to facilitate healthcare services for patients across the country. Okadoc’s new telemedicine offering — available in both Arabic and English — enables virtual consultations with over 400 doctors from over 35 healthcare providers, with the ability to settle fees online. More than 40...

Credit: Insignia

By Rachel McArthur 01:13 am May 6, 2020
An antibacterial and antiviral payment card, considered the first of its kind in the world, has been launched by a member-only luxury lifestyle management group. Insignia’s “clean payment” card consists of a special layered metal coating that prevents pathogens from living on its surface. Tests on the materials used demonstrated that the coating reportedly killed up to 99.9% of germs, with the “...

Credit: Kingdom of Bahrain Ministry of Health

By Rachel McArthur 02:23 am April 8, 2020
The Kingdom of Bahrain is keeping track of its active cases of COVID-19 via electronic bracelets. Launched earlier this week, the wristbands – which are compatible with the country’s coronavirus contact tracing app, called “BeAware” – have been designed to alert a governmental monitoring station of any suspicious activity. Affected individuals wearing the electronic bracelet must be connected to...