UAE’s Ministry of Health Wants Candidates to Take Medical Exams in the Metaverse

The professionals and consultants will use artificial intelligence to monitor the movement of the face and eyes to determine if candidates are getting outside help.
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Quick take:

  • The UAE’s ministry of health has launched a metaverse experience for specialists and consultants.
  • The program will be used to facilitate medical exams and tests remotely.
  • Professionals and examiners will use AI to track the movement of the face and eyes of the candidates to detect any unauthorised support.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is ramping up its metaverse campaign with an immersive experience for health professionals and consultants. The Gulf country’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched a metaverse-based program that will be used to give exams and interviews remotely.

According to the announcement, examiners will use artificial intelligence to monitor the movement of the face and the eyes of the candidates while undertaking their exams to determine if they are getting outside help.

The program is specifically designed to allow international candidates to take the exams while in their own countries.

Commenting on the program on Wednesday, Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary for the Health Regulation Sector at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said the program will be useful in supporting medical examinations of healthcare professionals and consultants.

“For example, if the doctor is in Australia or any other country and we have three examiners in different locations in UAE, they all will log in to metaverse and start the exam. The three doctors in the UAE will be in their own healthcare facilities, but they will be together as panellists in the metaverse,” he said.

This eliminates the challenging process of obtaining travel documents to the UAE to take take the exams. The Gulf nation has been giving healthcare examinations to international candidates for more than eight years. Although some of them have been able to take the exams remotely, other professionals and consultants have been forced to attend the interviews in person in the UAE.

This program follows the ministry’s earlier launch of a metaverse-based customer service, dubbed Metahealth. According to Amiri, Metahealth, launched in January 2022 has achieved tremendous success. The ministry is now looking to build on that success with an immersive experience for conducting healthcare exams.

“We saw a need to expand metaverse to help healthcare professionals and decided to use it for exams and interviews,” he said, adding that this new technology will be implemented next Monday.


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