The Medical Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), a revolutionary robot treatment device for spinal injuries, has been approved for use in Saudi Arabia. The launch follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Abdul Latif Jameel and Japanese company Cyberdyne Inc, during King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s visit to Japan last year, to bring the state-of-the-art technology to Saudi Arabia.
Medical HAL is a form of robotic technology that can regenerate, improve, support and expand patients’ brain-neuro-physical functions. The device is available at Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital in Jeddah, which specializes in medical rehabilitation, with plans to roll-out the technology across the country.
Last year Saudi Arabia and Japan agreed to boost cooperation and joint projects between the two countries, including in healthcare. Healthcare is also one of the main focus areas of Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to improve the quality of care and services provided to patients. Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital, founded in 1995, is the first of its kind in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia that specializes in medical rehabilitation. More than 13,000 people suffered traumatic spinal injuries in Saudi Arabia in 2015, according to official Saudi government statistics.