‘Make Dubai a medical tourism hub’

DUBAI — Turning Dubai into one of the most advanced health care cities in the world is what Smarter Technology International aims to do, the company’s president, Dr Siegfried Holz, told Khaleej Times in an exclusive interview.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Mon 9 Jul 2007, 8:54 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:03 AM

The company, said Dr Holz, was determined to provide cost-effective and quality medical software products to Dubai residents. In fact, the Dubai-based branch will be the centre from where the company will launch its operations in the Middle East, he added.

Dr Holz said that promoting Dubai as a hub of medical tourism was one of the targets set by Smarter Technology. Part of the plan is to put together a consortium of schools for advanced education and research in medicine, engineering, architecture and business, he revealed.

“If we introduce this advance technology in the UAE, scientists from all over the world, including the US, would come to the UAE to impart training in computers and research applications. When we put this data base to use, with experts coming from all over the world, you can imagine to what extent the sharing of knowledge and information will reach. It’s (medical tourism) going to be a business bigger than oil,” said Dr Holz.

He noted: “The supercomputers we are producing will help the hospitals handle the research work and experiments in silica which entails conducting tests using computers instead of humans. The other emphasis will be on communication and storage of patient’s information on a daily basis. We are in the process of developing an integrated health care network where the system will store all such data like the results of laboratory and X-ray tests.”

Dr Holz pointed out: “What we are aspiring to do is to deliver better medical care. Smarter Technology International has software for genomic analysis, pharmaceutical applications, pharmacy development, applications in physics, chemistry and biochemistry.”

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