Zero.1 targets healthcare sector with LiFi solution
UAE healthcare market currently growing at more than 10 percent
UAE-based LiFi Company, Zero.1 is in the final development stages for HEALTHCARE4U, a management system for the healthcare sector.
The UAE healthcare market is projected to reach $19.5 billion (Dh71.56 billion) by 2020, achieving an annual average growth of 12.7 per cent, marginally higher than the GCC growth average.
Light Fidelity (LiFi) is a wireless optical networking technology that uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for data transmission, using a beacon installed in an LED light the LiFi chip modulates light (imperceptibly) for optical data transmission, in a similar way to Wi-Fi, but with much faster speeds.
Marc Fleschen, Zero.1 CEO says “LiFi, is particularly suitable for sensitive environments such as clinics and hospitals. Other Wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth rely on Radio Frequency whereas LiFi does not. In such environments, LiFi provides a safer, faster and more efficient solution for many aspects of hospital management. Those involved in hospital development must consider the role LiFi will play in tomorrow’s health care centres. ”
Recent reports suggest that UAE will build more than 20 hospitals to care for the half a million medical tourists that are expected by 2020, with medical revenues to hit $300 million by 2016. In the broader GCC close to 70 mega-hospital projects, each valued at over $100 million are under construction, alongside 280 smaller hospital projects.
LiFi Technology outsmarts Wi-Fi on a number of criteria; it offers faster downloads, more secure data transmission and is free from electromagnetic smog created by radio frequency technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Marc continues, “LiFi is a cleaner solution that does not interfere with sensitive equipment or patient well-being. The HEALTHCARE4U also offers practical solutions for Hospital Managers.”
HEALTHCARE4U provides solutions for the management of patient and staff secure access, through Fingerprint ID or QR codes, patient queue management. The solution offers better geolocalisation capabilities, which will mean faster response time for security and emergency teams. Its asset management capability allows for the instant location of equipment, and secure storage and retrieval for patient and staff records.
The patient experience is also a key consideration in developing the HEALTHCARE4U solution, Zero.1 says. When patients download the APP they will have access to mapping and visitor communications, and parking assistance and payment. They will be able to participate in specific network and feedback channels, and even pre-order food and beverage and other retail.
“The HEALTHCARE4U solution is in the final development stages. We expect to be able to demonstrate its capabilities in the last quarter of 2016,” Marc concludes.