Sunday 27, September 2015

Dubai – MENA Herald: Aster DM Foundation and du, the Middle East’s fastest growing telecommunications service providers, today announced signing of a strategic memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a home monitoring system for their diabetic and hypertension patients to easily keep track of their own glucose and blood pressure levels called Aster – My Health.

The commercial agreement allows Aster DM access to du’s novel technology which will enable patients to monitor and track their daily glucose and blood pressure levels, and for doctors to receive this information instantaneously and remotely. Once commercially rolled out, the du platform will enable customers to track their health information which will be sent to Aster’s facilities. This enables both doctors and patients remotely monitor and track vital readings and ease the burden on managing the information.

As du’s services extend throughout the UAE, this home monitoring system will benefit everyone, even those with hectic schedules or who usually need to travel long distances to visit Aster facilities. A joint team consisting of doctors, nurses and customer service executives will be formed specifically for this purpose. Aster will be identifying selected patients from its existing base, who are suffering from these conditions to provide this service in the initial phase. Their progress will be monitored on a daily basis and regular updates will be provided to the patients. Following the first launch phase the service will then be extended as an offering to more patients.  

“We are very pleased to work with du to create and launch this innovative and valuable solution that will help Aster’s patients manage their health. This home monitoring system will be very simple to understand and operate, will facilitate doctor-patient communication and improve the quality of healthcare we are delivering to our patients,” said Dr Azad Moopen, Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare.

“Diabetes is one of the most prevalent, threatening and expensive endemics in the UAE and today we have the solution that can effectively monitor and mitigate risks related to this disease. By joining hands with Aster we have an opportunity to bring about positive change in lives of people in the UAE,” said Carlos Domingo, Senior Executive Officer, New Businesses & Innovation, du.

The International Diabetes Federation currently lists the Emirates as tenth in terms of prevalence and estimates the nation will be third by 2030. More than half of the nation’s youth are clinically obese and said to be in danger of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affects 19% of the UAE population, according to the International Diabetes Federation* and 40.8% of UAE adults are suffered by hypertension, and requires frequent monitoring, exercise and often maintaining a strict diet.