• 5/7/2024

    Doha, 6 May 2024: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is proud to announce the launch of its Precision Rehabilitation Initiative, a groundbreaking program ascribing to Qatar’s Third National Development Strategy that is set to transform the delivery of rehabilitation care in Qatar and beyond. As one of the first programs of this type in the MENA region and spearheaded by HMC’s Rehabilitation Therapy Services Department, precision rehabilitation aims to tailor treatments for patients recovering from injuries or surgeries or those managing chronic conditions. By considering factors like medical history, physical condition, ability, lifestyle and goals as well as leveraging AI-powered systems, physicians can address the unique needs of each individual and empower patients to achieve their rehabilitation goals.

    HMC's Precision Rehabilitation Initiative supports integrates state-of-the-art technology including robotics, exoskeletons, wearable devices, voice-activated technology, virtual and augmented reality applications and smart homes to provide tailored interventions.

    Dr. Hanadi Al-Hamad, Deputy Chief of Long-Term Care, Rehabilitation, and Geriatrics at HMC, explained that "with Precision Rehabilitation, we are not just administering treatment, we are tailoring our strategies based on detailed real-time measurements of each patient’s functional abilities. This method allows us to significantly enhance the effectiveness of our interventions and elevate patient care to new heights. The integration of innovative technology and scientifically proven methods empowers our patients to excel in daily activities and helps them reintegrate into their communities with confidence and increased physical capabilities.”

    "Precision Rehabilitation leverages cutting-edge treatment and technology to deliver the highest level of care to our patients. Our commitment to advanced technology and utilization of data management solutions supports our focus on setting a standard of excellence in rehabilitation,” said Mr. Richard Storey, Acting Chief of Health Information and Communications Technology at HMC.

    Precision Rehabilitation with AI, Wearable Sensors, Tele-rehab and recovery tracking (“PRAIWeST”) is the model at the heart of this new initiative developed by Dr. Ajimsha Sharafudeen, Director of Rehabilitation at the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, with the assistance of Professor Uvais Qidwai from the Department of Computer Science Engineering at Qatar University as well as HMC’s Rehabilitation Therapy Services Department and the Health Information and Communications Technology Department. Dr. Ajimsha Sharafudeen expressed his enthusiasm for the model stating “The PRAIWeST model represents a significant advancement in rehabilitation practices, offering a predictive and intelligent approach that leverages cutting-edge technology to deliver personalized care. Developed collaboratively with experts from HMC and Qatar University, this model ensures precision, consistency and effectiveness in patient care, setting a new standard for rehabilitation programs globally.”