FVC, a value added distributor in the MENA region, in association with UAE telco Du is showcasing the capabilities of telemedicine at this year’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.
FVC demonstrates at Du’s stand how telemedicine could be used to diagnose and examine patients in remote locations with an out of town expert or specialist.
KS Parag, MD at FVC, said: “Following our agreement with Du last year, we are very pleased to be part of an innovative initiative to leverage new technologies in unified communications to benefit the healthcare community.” “With on-the-ground support from us, medical institutions in remote areas can now access specialists in big city hospitals in the Emirates or globally,” he added.
The demonstration equipment includes a specialised telemedicine cart powered by Polycom video conferencing and speciality software and hardware from GlobalMedia. This also covers remote diagnostics tools including an ophthalmoscope to enable retina scan, an otoscope for an in-depth ear scan, a stethoscope, a vital signs patient monitor and a general examination camera for dermatology and other applications.
Dr Mansoor Anwar, director of medical and occupational health services, Du, said: “We are constantly developing innovative ways to bring mobility to healthcare. Telemedicine as a concept has been around for a while. However, with the availability of high speed broadband networks, it is increasingly gaining traction. We believe it will facilitate easier and timely intervention and diagnoses in medically under-served places, and enable more informed decision making in providing quality health care.”
Du has already launched a portfolio of healthcare services branded as Smart Health. This portfolio from Du includes the announcement of a 24x7 physician call centre, a strategic partnership with Mobile Doctors 24x7 International; health text, a bouquet of SMS-based content services to encourage people to stay healthy including quit smoke, lose weight and live well.