Ayman Abdullah Al Fallaj, CEO, THIQAH

Saudi Arabia digitalising health services and boosting local content

15 May 2019

In an interview with Global Platform, Ayman Abdullah Al Fallaj, CEO of Saudi digital solutions firm THIQAH, discusses how digitalisation and the incorporation of local content is key to Vision 2030, the country’s long-term development plan. THIQAH created an e-health app called Saha that allows patients to speak directly to their doctor and is part of a wider initiative by the government to boost local content and empower the youth. 

Transcript:

THIQAH was started in 2012. The purpose of THIQAH was to be a technical arm for the Ministry of Commerce and Investment. Digitalisation is playing an important role in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Digitalisation is a very important aspect of Vision 2030. We make sure every single person has access to doctors through their cell phone and through an application called Saha. We built Saha together with the private sector. Now you can see your doctor, talk to them, tell them what you feel and everything. It feels like you are visiting your doctor. When we talk about AIs in health, you need scientists, you need physicians. So we had two options here: either we invest in data or partner with a large company that has been doing this for a period of time. 

Ayman Abdullah Al Fallaj, CEO, THIQAH

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