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Collaborative innovation: Qatar’s Remote Health Monitoring Innovation to be Rolled-Out in Italy’s Clinics

Qatar’s technology for remote health monitoring, called ‘RASAD will be rolled-out in 2,000 clinics in Italy, under a new collaboration agreement signed last month (15 April), according to SciDevNet.

Collaborative innovation
The Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) will collaborate on innovations in preventative medicine with the Italian insurance company, Fondo di Assistenza Sanitaria Integrativa. The technology uses sensors that measure physiological features, such as heart rate. These sensors link up wirelessly to software that analyses physiological data and alerts doctors to emerging health problems in individual patients.
QSTP’s executive chairman, Tidu Maini, said to SciDev.Net:
“Using RASAD to monitor [for example] physical activity or a patients’ heart behaviour will help health authorities prevent diseases, make treatments more effective, and define new health policies.”
Prevention
Abdul Aziz Al Khulaifi, chair of cardiology at Al Ahli Hospital in Doha — which uses RASAD technology, said to SciDev.Net:
“Prevention is far more effective, and more economical, than treating an illness after it has taken hold of the individual. With RASAD we can monitor larger groups of people, constantly and more effectively with minimum disruption to their daily routine and at a much lower cost.”
Faster, better, cheaper
This is a great example how (collaborative) innovation adds value to create better, cheaper or faster solutions. Prevention being the next big business opportunity, collaborative innovation can accelerate the creation of (market-driven) solutions, serving both patients and businesses.

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