Dubai Health Forum 2022: The future is now

Dubai Health Forum 2022: The future is now


Ernest Montañà Ortiz, the TMC Unilabs AI Project Manager was invited to attend the 2022 Dubai Health Forum (DHF) in its fourth edition, sponsored by Unilabs Middle East and explains:

“Since its launch in 2017, the Dubai Health Forum has become an annual gathering for healthcare leaders, professionals, and the community. It gathers many international and local decision makers, healthcare leaders, industry experts, innovators, health institutions and organizations representing the wide spectrum of healthcare.

With a 2-day program, the forum holds several workshops, seminars, and discussion panels, where the participants will trace on a wide range of subjects like Dubai Care Model, Digital Health, Space Medicine, Value -based care and Health Economics.

Landing in Dubai feels like landing 100 years further in time, instead of 5000 km away from Barcelona. On March 2nd I had the chance to present the AI Centre of Excellence, our projects, and our approach to AI in front of the health authorities and professionals of Dubai. I decided to focus on real examples from our projects to bring the following message to the audience: AI is not just potential anymore, is a reality and is happening now in front of our eyes.

This idea was present at other health talks as well where other speakers, mostly doctors that use AI in their daily practice, spoke. It was reassuring that when they were discussing some of their cases, they were using several tools that we have already deployed, or we are planning to use soon.

On March 3rd we discussed how the landscape of the Health Sector is going to look like in 50 years. It is expected that by then, the fertility rates will go down significantly, people will massively move to the cities… Dubai has a very agile and hands-on approach to these changes: Let’s get there before the future catches up with us. AI is a crucial part of their strategy, and they are ready to start testing and deploying different solutions.

My stay here has been an amazing experience. I wish the days had lasted 50 hours, so much to do, so much to learn. Thanks a lot, to our Unilabs Middle East colleagues for inviting me and for making this work trip, a life experience.”

TMC secure even higher radiology quality with now 4 implemented AI solutions

Delivering quality healthcare in the 21st century requires state-of-the-art diagnostic solutions to ensure patients get access to the best treatment possible. TMC is proud of having implemented 4 AI solutions within the last year that augment the skill and experience of our radiologists and help to detect hard-to-find pathologies and thereby making the diagnoses even more reliable.

In the TMC Emergency section, Aidoc’s radiology AI solution sifts through CT images, automatically identifying potential critical findings, such as acute intracranial haemorrhages or acute/incidental pulmonary emboli. The solution has shown high accuracy and ease of use which leads to more accurate reports, increased reader confidence and potentially fewer missed pathologies. This is especially valuable as it can help to point to very subtle and critical findings that could be overlooked. Once the case has been processed by AI, the cases with findings are flagged in the reporting platform (Optemis) and the status of the exam is raised so that the case will be picked up sooner.

The industry-leading artificial intelligence from Aidence is supporting the TMC lung cancer screening service. Around three-quarters of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage in the UK and 10-year survival is poor (10%), but 79% is preventable (according to The  AI tool from Aidence, Veye Lung Nodules, helps identify any suspected lung nodules (even nodules as small as 3mm). This AI solution facilitates early lung cancer detection and can thus help save patients’ lives.  Approximately 10,000 cases will be analysed by Aidence’s AI solution this year. It can be expected that about 10% of the patients will have a positive finding. (According to Gareth Davies, TMC UK Medical Director).

Aidence is marking a lung nodule in the images on the right (CT Thorax)


Aidoc highlightings a subdural haematoma (red color).




The Quest for Innovation: Addressing the Latest Trends in Imaging and Radiotherapy

Faithful to its goal to make TMC as human— as creative, inventive, caring, purpose-driven —as the wonderful human beings who work inside it, TMC is sponsoring a British Institute of Radiology cutting edge publication on the latest innovations in imaging and radiotherapy.

The British Institute of Radiology is the international membership organisation for everyone working in imaging, radiation oncology and the underlying sciences. Its vision is aligned with TMC. They support the work of their members and their colleagues to achieve professional excellence, they provide continuing professional development for their multidisciplinary community, they influence and connect with the wider professional sector, and they published research for their authors and readers across the world.

In their last publication, “Global Innovations in imaging and radiotherapy”, radiologists, radiographers, scientists, and other healthcare specialists across the world share their insights on how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed their way of working. They also elaborate on the role teleradiology will play in their countries in the coming years.

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Innovations in imaging and radiotherapy - a more connected world

News from the Emergency Section: Australia celebrates the all-time high of 988 cases in one day

Fausto Labruto, the Director of Emergency Radiology of TMC remembers as if it were yesterday when the Emergency Section celebrated the milestone of 500 radiology cases in one day. He states:

This month we have been over 900 cases three times, including our all-time high of 988 cases in one day, just shy of the historical four digits figure. Most of our growth is due to the end of COVID-related restrictions in our client countries, however, since the beginning of the year, we have also started with new client hospitals in Denmark and UK, and increased coverage hours for several client hospitals.

Growth comes with challenges, first balancing demand with capacity and keeping up medical excellence in the face of increasing pressure. As volumes are increasing, we have managed to keep our turn-around-times, averaging over target (97% within one hour) for integrated clients and just shy of target (92% within one hour) for non-integrated clients. I wish to praise the work of Head of Section Marielle Kuijper and Emily Clewett Dahl and Supply Chain and Operations Manager Zane Laurent who are responsible for obtaining this.

With increasing volumes, we have found it more challenging to turn around hundreds of phone calls per day. Starting from this month, the Scandinavian Operations team has implemented a new system called “Critical Calls“, which has obtained excellent results in answering calls in a timely manner. We have already received praise from some of our largest clients on how effective this project has been: a true game-changer.

Our clients are also very impressed by our early adoption of AI tools in Emergency Radiology. We have now established AI-assistance for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism and intracranial bleedings, and more applications are being evaluated. I wish to thank the AI Centre of Excellence for putting us at the cutting edge of technology.

Speaking of technology in radiology, I am excited to announce that in two weeks the Swedish Emergency Radiology Team will start reporting emergency CT Perfusion performed on stroke patients at a University Hospital in Sweden. This is the first time we offer this special service, which places us in a special class among providers of Emergency Teleradiology.

New ISO 27701 certificate proves: TMC is on top of the GDPR requirements


TMC cares about data protection and privacy. Especially nowadays, with the rise of cyber-attacks, data breaches, and the legal requirements to meet legislation, this topic cannot be left behind. Since the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, a lot has happened. As TMC wants to make sure personal data is protected and privacy information is managed most adequately (especially considering that we process patient data) we are proud to announce that we got the ISO 27701 certificate in March 2021. TMC is the first company in Unilabs to be certified in this ISO and hopes to be only the first great example but not the last.

The ISO 27701 standard will help us to stay on top of privacy within the organisation. This new ISO specifies the requirements and guides establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving a PIMS (privacy information management system). It demonstrates compliance with our contractual and regulatory obligations and improves internal competence and processes to avoid breaches. Furthermore, this ISO will help us improve customer and business partner confidence.

The implementation of the standard was managed by the ISMS (Information Security Management system) manager Javier Castillo, and the Data Protection Coordinator Ida Anderman. Rosie Nunn, The Quality Manager, is responsible for the continuous review and audits of the ISO. While it is great news that we achieved this ISO, it was not a surprise as we have a well-implemented ISMS system in place (ISO 27001) since 2011 and excellent GDPR policies and procedures, which were rolled out by our Unilabs DPO Miroslava Greštiaková.

As TMC wants to make sure personal data is protected, the implementation of the ISO 27701 is a great milestone to assure individuals (patients and others) that their data is duly protected.