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  • Writer's pictureHasan Abo-Shally

HIMSS 2018: AI & Chronic Disease Prevention

As patient demand for digital health tools and consumerism in healthcare continues to grow, one of the key themes that will be highlighted at the upcoming 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition is connecting patients to care. At Wikaya, we are addressing this need with a new AI platform designed to help patients prevent chronic diseases by changing their behavior. Our new app will connect patients to the healthcare system with access to engaging health tools and resources that improve prevention, empower healthy lifestyles and ultimately reduce healthcare costs.

The World Health Organization has stated that: “the major causes of chronic diseases are known, and if these risk factors were eliminated, at least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes would be prevented; over 40% of cancer would be prevented.”

Wikaya was created by a team of experienced founders with both medical and technical backgrounds. In addition to being a physician, prior to Wikaya I also founded WebTeb, the leading Arabic medical and health portal. My co-founder and vice president of R&D, Nada Shalabi, has worked for many years in R&D roles in the startup and high-tech industries. The technology behind Wikaya is the result of significant advancements that we have witnessed over the past few decades with regards to understanding the causes of chronic diseases, human behavior, and artificial intelligence capabilities.

It uses data algorithms to predict compliance to prevention recommendations and prioritizes them accordingly. By focusing on the modifiable risk factors, patients are given a personalized Prevention Score (similar to a “credit score for health”) to give them a clear indication of their prevention efforts as well as recommendations for lifestyle changes, advice on appropriate screening tests and educational health awareness content to bolster health literacy.

We believe this approach is unique as it focuses on the management of prevention- rather than simply coaching. If you’re attending HIMSS and would like to learn more, feel free to stop by Wikaya’s booth, #8700-50. Not attending but interested in scheduling a time to speak? Feel free to reach out to me at

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