Qatar to build all-digital medical care and research centre with investment of $8 billion

Published June 21st, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Qatar Foundation’s Education City plans to build an all-digital medical care and research centre with an endowment fund of $8 billion.  


The new centre, dubbed the Specialty Teaching Hospital, will match the highest international standards in patient care, teaching, medical research and clinical practice, and will have particular expertise in the area of women’s and children’s health and the facility will come on stream in four years time.  


According to The Peninsula newspaper, a key feature will be the harnessing of digital technologies at all levels – from basic administrative functions such as admissions, to the assembly and application of genetic coding in high-level research. Capital costs for the 350-bed hospital will total $900 million, in addition to the establishment of the $8 billionn endowment – the largest cash endowment of a hospital and research centre anywhere in the world, the report added.  


The hospital will serve as the primary teaching hospital of the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. The college will be responsible for the clinical teaching and research conducted in the hospital and will be a partner with Qatar Foundation in its governance.  


The third partner is the Hamad Medical Corporation, soon to become an academic affiliate of Weill Cornell. (

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