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India-based Aster DM Healthcare has announced the setting up of Aster Innovation and Research Centre in GCC and India, as part of its plan to boost health outcomes for patients and overall experience at all its hospitals.

Aster DM Healthcare claimed that the setting up of innovation and research centre is in line with the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE National Innovation Strategy, under which health is a top priority.

During the next three years, the healthcare firm expects that the research centre will achieve key milestones such as innovative solutions for home healthcare with a focus on digital primary care.

The centre is also expected to set up an eco-system of digital health partners from start-ups to academia besides commencing informatics, digital health and medicine as a stream for healthcare workers in the future.

Dr. Satish Prasad Rath, will lead the innovation projects as the chief of innovation.

The centre aims to leverage digital health research such as AI, cognitive psychology, blockchain, IOT and behavioral economics.

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The centre will also team up with academia, startups and industry partners to work on applied research.

Aster DM Healthcare founder chairman and managing director Dr Azad Moopen said: “Our main objective as an organization has been to ensure that quality and affordable healthcare is easily available at the doorsteps of our patients. With evolving patient needs, it is essential to focus on digital transformation of healthcare because of advances being made in various areas like AI, genomics and molecular biology which is likely to produce a quantum leap.

“We are confident that under the leadership of Dr. Satish, Aster Innovation and Research Centre will play a major role in introducing the most advanced and unique patient care solutions and enable our organisation to become one of the most technologically progressive healthcare providers in the world.”

Meanwhile, Aster DM Healthcare also plans to add more than 2,000 beds at an investment of over Rs100bn during the next two to three years in India, reported The Economic Times.

It will add one more hospital each in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai and two more in Andhra Pradesh.

Currently, the hospital chain currently operates six facilities in India and has around 4,500 beds. It also operates 1,000 beds across six hospitals in the Gulf.