Saudi hospitals are soon expected to improve their activities, following an agreement signed between the Saudi Seif Development Company and the US Cerner. According to the terms of the agreement, the latter will manage the Arab Cerner Company, transfer modern technology to the Saudi hospitals, and train locals to work with the medical systems produced by Cerner. Cerner is a leading American firm specializing in medical systems and information, al Hayat daily reported.
Speaking to the daily, Mr. Muhanad Malik al Mandil, deputy president of Seif Development Company, stated that during the first quarter of 2000 Arab Cerner's sales amounted to nearly $42 million. This figure was reached via deals signed with the Saudi Aramco Hospital in Dhahran, King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh and the Kingdom Hospital in Riyadh. Through these deals, the Arab Cerner Company has become the leading player in the Saudi medical information and systems market. According to al Mandil, Arab Cerner has a 90 percent market share in this field. This strong performance, al Mandil believes, will strengthen the role of International Cerner in the region. Arab Cerner was established in Saudi Arabia in 1992.
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