Tuesday 20 August 2019

Mai Al Dossari

DHA displays cognitive early warning/response system

DUBAI, February 25, 2019

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) showcased its Cognitive Early Warning and Response System (Cognitive EWARS) during UAE Innovation Month in a bid to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks in Dubai, UAE.

The month-long event aims to contribute to strengthening the country's position as a global hub for innovation and enhancing the development of innovative ideas and capabilities, to name a few.

During Innovation Month, the authority is displaying a number of innovative projects and initiatives at City Walk from February 22 to 28.

Among them is Cognitive EWARS, which is designed to alert the population and relevant authorities’ in advance about possible adverse conditions that could lead to a disease outbreak and to implement effective measures to reduce adverse health outcomes.

Mai Al Dossari, head of DHA’s Innovation Centre explained that through Cognitive EWARS, DHA can view aggregated real-time data from multiple government and non-government sources to help predict, simulate and act on potential communicable disease outbreaks to maintain the highest standards in public health across Dubai.

Cognitive EWARS is part of Dubai 10X 2.0 and the authority is partnering with Dubai Municipality, Dubai Airports and Port, Customs and Free Zone Cooperation as well as other stakeholders to implement the project.

“In addition to preventing and reducing the occurrence of epidemics or potential harm and ensuring rapid response to prevent outbreaks of communicable diseases among community members, Cognitive EWARS will also provide stakeholders with sufficient information to enable technical decisions to be taken and improve the response of all stakeholders at a national level,” added Al Dossari.

She said that among the outcomes expected from implementing Cognitive EWARS is minimizing the direct financial impact of epidemics on Dubai’s economy through early detection. It will also increase the efficiency of DHA’s Preventive services by redirecting the current capacity and human capital towards planning and prediction while automating data collection.

“The Cognitive EWARS will be powered by AI, which will help stimulate and provide response management scenarios such as identifying potential animal and food borne risks, using weather data to predict behaviour of certain diseases and monitor social media and news to identify risks, to name a few,” she added.

Al Dossari concluded by adding that Cognitive EWARS will connect DHA in real time to the rest of Dubai’s government agencies and points of entry to create an iron shield for detection prevention and intervention against the threat of communicable diseases and improve coordination and response across all entities at a national level.

In addition to Cognitive EWARS the DHA will be showcasing other innovations during Innovation Month, among them are:  

Medical Emergency Management System

The Medical Emergency Management System is a live platform, which aims to assist the country during any emergency or disease. The platform gives a citywide view of all hospitals in Dubai, revealing the bed occupancy level of each hospital, specialties available, proximity etc

IMS Doctor

Is a full functioning mobile clinic, which offers consultation and prescription services via telemedicine. Medical examination such as ultrasound and blood test, to name a few, can also be conducted in the travelling clinic, which can be assembled within an hour.


Masaaed is an AI Robot that works 24/7 to process invoices submitted by suppliers through the I-Supplier system and audits them. Masaaed reduces the auditing process time as regular employees take 15 to 20 minutes to finish the process, while the AI Robot takes two minutes. – TradeArabia News Service


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