The Kuwait Ministry of Health has adopted cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for diagnosis and treatment across various medical disciplines. The ministry has initiated comprehensive training programs to equip its workforce with proficiency in this emerging technology.
AI applications are now in full swing within Kuwait's healthcare landscape, encompassing clinical care, research, pharmaceutical production and administrative enhancements. Dr. Suleiman Al-Mazidi, chief surgeon at Jaber Hospital, highlighted the remarkable utility of AI in diverse medical fields, particularly radioactive diagnosis, surgical procedures and scientific research.
Dr. Al-Mazidi emphasized that AI integration has led to a reduction in medical errors, streamlined surgical procedures and shortened operation durations. Jaber Hospital has embraced the latest technological advancements, employing AI in surgeries, endoscopic procedures, indocyanine green enhanced fluorescence (ICG) tools and the use of assisting robots.
One milestone achievement at Jaber Hospital was the utilization of the Olympus device for surgery, marking the first instance in the Gulf region. Surgeons now benefit from 3D devices for detailed visualization of patients' internal organs during procedures.
Furthermore, the hospital successfully conducted its maiden endoscopic operation employing AI technology to pinpoint tumors within the colon and stomach — another first in Kuwait. This groundbreaking technology enables the detection of tumors that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.
Dr. Al-Mazidi announced the upcoming inauguration of an AI training division at the hospital, scheduled for October. Additionally, the hospital already boasts a specialized department known as the "virtual division," where medical professionals receive training in state-of-the-art AI techniques.
Kuwait's healthcare system is undergoing a transformative shift with the integration of AI, promising enhanced patient care, improved accuracy and innovation in medical practices.