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Companies develop interest in technology-health care intersection

More companies are focusing on the intersection between technology and health care. Here is what some of them are pitching to the medical community.

More companies are focusing on the intersection between technology and health care. Here is what some of them are pitching to the medical community.

Nokia

The smartphone manufacturer is pushing mobile health technology by funding the creation of health-related apps.

While its Nokia Data Gathering program has helped patients to register births in Kenya and Sierra Leone, Nokia Life Tools has been used in the Middle East to provide easy access to mobile data such as fitness tips, maternity care and information about locally prevalent diseases, including diabetes.

Alcatel-Lucent

The Middle East and Africa office for this global communications company is in talks with hospitals in the Gulf to roll out so-called "safe campus technology", which could alert nurses and medical specialists to patient and safety emergencies - such as a fire - via smartphones and other mobile gadgets.

Sony Professional

At Arab Health this week, the TV maker is showcasing a US$10,000 (Dh36,730) high-definition surgery monitor.

It is also displaying 3-D screens designed for surgeons in complicated procedures, who can wear polarized glasses for uninterrupted views of multiple monitors.

Qualcomm

The chip maker has a mobile baby app that helps doctors to contact pregnant women in remote areas of Egypt.

In the UAE, as well as Saudi Arabia, the program has been used by mothers-to-be to share 3-D ultrasound images and videos with friends and family.

* Neil Parmar