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3rd Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 24-26, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA

GAB 2021

Rehabilitation Smart Watch

Speaker at Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry 2021 - Sara Alzarooni
Private Drug Rehabilitation Center, United Arab Emirates
Title : Rehabilitation Smart Watch


The adoption of technology-driven interventions for following up on the patients suffering from drug addiction in the UAE is a major requirement for the improvement of the quality and effectiveness of services. The main challenge faced by organizations and entities associated with patients rehabilitation is the lack of appropriate follow-up after an individual has been released from the rehabilitation center. Smartwatches can play a critical role in monitoring the behaviors of recovering addicts and is an essential technology in saving lives. Without an appropriate follow-up, most addicts fall back into drug use and they end up becoming trapped into using even harder drugs. The technology would enable rehabilitation centers to collect data pertaining to the movement of individuals and thus enables the effective management of various cases since the authorities will have access to information pertaining to the recovering patients. Additionally, smartwatches provide the capability to monitor critical symptoms of individuals such as heart rate also contain of a GPS tracking system that enables rapid SOS calls. The main goal of deploying technology is to foster patients safety and to promote the collection of data that could be deployed to enhance safety in the future. The project will also enable policymakers to develop recommendations for future enhancement of smartwatch features.

This project proposes an intervention that will enhance the effectiveness of UAE rehabilitation centers in improving patients’ outcomes. Notably, the rehabilitation centers would be operated by police officers to ensure patients who are addicted to drugs are accorded the necessary follow-up services on their health and drug usage.


Sara Alzarooni is a lieutenant pharmacist in Drug rehabilitation center in UAE, graduated from Higher Colleges of pharmacy in UAE as a pharmacist in 2013. Then she completed her Msc in leadership and innovation in healthcare from Royal Colleges Of Surgeons in Ireland.

She has been working in Drug Rehabilitation Center since 2014 until present.  She came with an innovative idea about a smart watch that will help patients to be followed up remotely.

Sara was a winner of an award called 40 leaders under 40 years from IACP.