UAE to open first hospital in metaverse

Private medical company Thumbay Group of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will roll out the first virtual hospital in the Gulf region. The hospital in the metaverse is expected to open in October.

The hospital will be a full-fledged virtual medical facility. Patients can use their avatars to interact with doctors. The medical staff will be trained to communicate with patients in a virtual space.

The project plans to make extensive use of artificial intelligence technology. In particular, the cameras will recognise the number plate number of the patient’s car and scan their face at the entrance to the hospital, so there will be no need for additional identification at the registration desk.

There are also plans to automate the pharmacy: the pharmacist will always know in advance what medication the patient has come for. Patients with disabilities will be served at home, using virtual and augmented reality technology. The headsets will also give seriously ill patients the illusion of being at home.

According to Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, UAE Minister of Health and Prevention, virtual reality technology will play an important role in the UAE’s future over the next 50 years, especially in light of the development of an advanced digital infrastructure that is among the best in the world.

“The UAE has been a pioneer in accelerating innovation in all vital sectors, including healthcare, and the Ministry of Health is one of the leading authorities in the adoption of fourth industrial revolution technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual and augmented reality,” Al Owais added.

Source: Khaleej Times

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