Six enterprising Emirati students, who have proved that talent and innovativeness can transcend age, have developed innovations that have the potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry. These innovations would prove beneficial not only for the UAE but also holds significance from a global perspective. A UAE-based billionaire doctor and managing director of VPS Healthcare, Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, has come forward to fund and encourage the young Emirati students.
The boys emerged winners in a competition which was spearheaded in coordination with Abu Dhabi’s Al Bayt Mitwahid Association and led to the opportunity that will see the boys’ projects being funded.
A groundbreaking project that was developed by one of the students, 15-year old Ahmed Al Romaithi, is an App that detects and anticipates the onset of a seizure in Epilepsy patients, thus proving timely recourse. The young student said that it was the plight of his younger brother who is afflicted with epilepsy, that inspired him to come up with the concept. This bright young student is now pursuing an internship at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as part of The Global Young Leaders Academy (GYLA).The App also has an additional benefit of allowing doctors to gather data by examining the patient’s brainwaves. This provision of important data could also signify the finding of a cure in the near future.
Another student, Hamel Al Qubaisi, 18, was instrumental in developing the ‘Medics Data’ that is designed to avoid wrong medical usage in hospitals, an initiative that will go a long way in determining allergies. In the UAE this invention holds even more importance since many people suffer from seasonal allergies.