Oman wins WSIS Prize in Electronic Healthcare Applications

Oman wins WSIS Prize in Electronic Healthcare Applications

July 22, 2020

Oman won World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prize for the Ministry of Health project Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the category electronic applications in healthcare sector. The winners will be awarded in a ceremony in September.

The Sultanate is participating in the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2020 (WSIS) which represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. This year the forum activities are held virtually starting from 20 July until the first week of September. On the WSIS Prizes,

The 2020 forum’s theme is “Fostering digital transformation and global partnerships: WSIS Action Lines for achieving SDGs” and it witnesses the participation of world tech officials from various countries to share expertise and initiatives in this fast developing field.

H.E. Eng. Azza bint Sulaiman Al Ismaili, Minister of Technology and Communications, and Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO at the ministry, represents the Sultanate in a high level sessions with other officials from different countries. Her Excellency participated in a panel discussion that was held on Tuesday 21 July 2020, highlighting ICT Applications & eServices, in which she addressed the Sultanate initiatives in using the new technologies’ trends to achieve more inclusive economies, saying “Oman is adopting the new innovation trends in some of our new citizen/ business centric eservices. In the beginning of this year, we established a center for 4th Industrial Revolution which aim to provide a robust environment that is supportive for research and development in 4IR technologies.”

H.E. Al Ismaili added, “In 2019, the Ministry of Health utilized Artificial Intelligence technology in breast cancer diagnosis and currently it’s used in 3 hospitals in Oman with good results, which proves the feasibility of the technology in reducing time, effort and money spent in this area. The project was extended to using the same technology to classify Chest X-Ray which will have a great impact in the Sultanate healthcare system and the economy in general.”

Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO at the Ministry, also participated in a discussion session on Building Confidence & Security in the Use of ICT. Al Ruzaiqi addressed the Sultanate role in managing and operating the regional ITU cybersecurity center since 2013. On the center services, Dr. Salim said, “ITU Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center provides cybersecurity strategies and governance, cybersecurity Technical and assurance services, cybersecurity Incident management services and cybersecurity capacity Building.