AI, VR and robotics shake up healthcare in the UAE, and the Gulf

Government regulations and initiatives are a driving force behind the growth of the UAE’s healthcare sector in general, and in the use of emerging technology in clinical settings.

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The use of AI, virtual reality and robotics for healthcare is gaining momentum in the Middle East, and in the Gulf region the UAE is taking a leadership position in putting emerging technology to use in clinics and hospitals.

Government regulations and initiatives are a driving force behind the growth of the UAE's healthcare sector, and in the use of emerging technology in clinical settings. The UAE has mandated compulsory healthcare for all residents, and healthcare is seen as a potential moneymaker: Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), launched in 2002, was intended to provide high-end healthcare services, as well as development opportunities to foreign investors.

The UAE healthcare market is expected to grow 12.7 percent, to nearly $20 billion by the end of this year, according to Alpen Capital. The UAE spends US$1,200 per person per year on healthcare, putting it in the top 20 countries in the world in terms of healthcare spending per capita.

While there are concerns about data privacy, machine error and lack of human oversight, the UAE public seems to be warming up to the idea of technology playing a big role in healthcare.

According to a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), some 38 percent of UAE respondents surveyed agreed to have their hearts monitored by AI, while 33 percent agreed to have customised advice for health and fitness, and 30 percent agreed to have blood taken and tested by a robot.

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