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Saudi Arabia to promote use of AI in healthcare

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In this regard, the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) and Philips signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is aiming to promote the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its healthcare sector, which is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goal, media reports said. In this regard, the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Philips, media reports said.

The MoU signed by Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman and the head of the SDAIA, Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al Ghamdi. Saudi Minister of Health, Dr. Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al Rabiah said that the agreement will expand the provision of AI services in the health field in an effort to improve the service of citizens and expatriates in various medical fields.

Recently, the Kingdom inaugurated the Artificial Intelligence Center for Energy which will promote the use of AI, its research and development efforts and also support innovation and enable entrepreneurship.

Prince Abdul Aziz told the media, “By 2024, 70 percent of the institutions will be using the AI-based infrastructure and smart cloud services, greatly easing the concerns regarding the institutions’ integration and expansion. In addition, more than 50 percent of the institutions will be resorting to AI services to expand their application portfolios by 2023.”

Earlier this month, Prince Jalawi bin Abdul Aziz bin Musaed also inaugurated the region’s 100-day health projects. According to the health minister, the project would cost around $16 million which includes the establishment and development of primary healthcare centers and the restoration and equipping of hospital units in the region.

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