New Dubai Telemedicine Venture Targets Faster Heart and Stroke Treatment

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and UAE-based Etisalat are partnering to implement a telemedicine program in Dubai intended to speed the start of effective treatment to stroke and heart-attack victims. Paramedics will gain access to JOIN, a system that sends patients’ ECGs to hospitals from an en-route ambulance. The program was launched as a pilot study at Rashid Hospital’s stroke unit, and may be expanded to other DHA hospitals and private hospitals with stroke units in 2018. JOIN is already in use in Japan and Brazil, but Dubai is its first application in the Middle East.

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and UAE-based Etisalat are partnering to implement a telemedicine program in Dubai intended to speed the start of effective treatment to stroke and heart-attack victims. Paramedics will gain access to JOIN, a system that sends patients’ ECGs to hospitals from an en-route ambulance. The program was launched as a pilot study at Rashid Hospital’s stroke unit, and may be expanded to other DHA hospitals and private hospitals with stroke units in 2018. JOIN is already in use in Japan and Brazil, but Dubai is its first application in the Middle East.

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