babylon and THIQAH in deal to provide first AI health services to Saudis

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BABYLON, the innovative British healthcare technology company, announced an agreement between themselves and THIQAH to provide AI health services to the citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in association with the KSA Ministry of Health. The signing of the partnership, which took place on the Healthcare UK stand at Arab Health, marks the start of the introduction of AI health services to the region on this scale.

The agreement will mean that babylon will make its digital health AI functionality available within KSA, including the advanced symptom checker and other unique digital health tools. These will be integrated into the current Saudi healthcare system to provide cost-effective, accurate, on-demand health information and will help the population better triage, monitor and manage their health.

Ayman Abdullah Alfallaj, CEO, THIQAH, said: “After extensive global research into AI health services, we were in no doubt that babylon has developed the most sophisticated health artificial intelligence and has invested an enormous amount of effort in making their technology world leading. Because of this we knew that babylon were the right partners to bring AI health services to Saudi and we are delighted to be working with them. We thank the team at Healthcare UK as well as the Saudi Ministry of Health and the British Embassy team in Riyadh, for their respective roles in bringing the partnership together so successfully”.

Dr Ali Parsa, Founder & CEO, babylon: “babylon’s purpose is to put healthcare into the hands of everyone on earth and we are delighted to be working with THIQAH and the KSA Ministry of Health to extend our AI technology and health services to the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who are leading the way in making innovative healthcare services available and accessible for everyone”.

Shadi Abu-Hayyeh, Assistant Director, Healthcare UK, Department for International Trade: “Healthcare UK is delighted to have played a role in this very exciting contract win, working jointly with the British Embassy team in Riyadh to help facilitate the agreement between babylon and the Saudi Ministry of Health. It’s a great example of what Healthcare UK was set up to do, connecting UK healthcare suppliers with significant commercial opportunities around the world”. — SG


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