Daman and Microsoft collaborate to introduce Health Bot to fight COVID-19

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Abu Dhabi based leading health insurer rolls out country wide service to address the on-going pandemic related queries from public.  

September 6, 2020; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Daman, the UAE’s leading national health insurance company has collaborated with Microsoft  to deploy the Daman Health Bot, an AI powered tool that will assist patients to conduct self-assessment on COVID-19 symptoms and guide them to the appropriate level of care. The Daman Health Bot is bilingual and able to provide expertise including patient assessment for the disease, triage and symptom checking, offering general medical information, and making medical recommendations.

The health bot will ask patients a defined set of questions and follow specific protocols, and accordingly advise them to connect with Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH), UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention (MOHAP) and the Dubai Health Authority for further assistance.

“We have a very important social responsibility to play during the pandemic crisis and protect the health and safety of people.  The Daman Health Bot speaks to that effort by addressing queries and reducing person to person engagement,” says Hamad Al Mehyas, Daman’s CEO. “Partners such as Microsoft are empowering us with the right technology to better engage the public and provide the right level of guidance. The Daman Health Bot will reduce patient visits to hospitals, lessen workload on call centres, enhance patient experience and encourage them to proactively manage their health condition.”

“Technology is playing a key role in helping patients assess their situation quickly and conveniently,” said Sayed Hashish, General Manager, Microsoft UAE. “Our Healthcare Bot service empowers organisations like Daman to build and deploy AI-powered conversational healthcare experience at scale. With our mission to empower every person and organization to achieve more, Microsoft is committed to bringing its tools and innovations to support healthcare organizations provide the best possible care.”

Daman has long been investing in digitalization and already uses artificial intelligence for its claims handling as well as robotic process automation for a variety of administrative tasks. Microsoft and Daman are also planning to integrate the health bot to other customer services such as digital consultations and lifestyle related advise.

The Daman Health Bot  is available on company’s website and mobile application with the aim to reach its network of over 2.5 million members.

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