SEHA implements new Electronic Medical Records System - Tawam Hospital in Al Ain is SEHA’s first hospital to go live with the new system in Abu Dhabi

Published July 20th, 2008 - 07:35 GMT

SEHA announced today the successful implementation of a new state-of-the- art Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution at Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Tawam Hospital, in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), is a 468-bed tertiary care hospital owned and operated by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company. In addition to Tawam Hospital, five additional hospitals and 12 clinics throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will implement the new EMR system in the 2008-2009 timeframe. The new system will eventually link all 11 SEHA hospitals and more than 39 clinics in Abu Dhabi. 

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Mazrouei, Chairman of SEHA said, “I congratulate all the members of the project team of SEHA and Tawam.  I also salute our partners who have helped bring this system live so successfully.  This milestone is the first in a series of steps to automate medical recordkeeping and other patient systems.  We are harnessing technology to improve efficiency and safety in our hospitals and building on the Emirate’s e-government initiative.” 
Saif Al Qubaisi, Managing Director, SEHA added, “By the end of 2009 the system will be completely implemented in all SEHA facilities.  By creating a unified electronic medical record (EMR) for our hospitals and clinics, a patient can utilize the services of any SEHA facility. The new EMR system will help ensure patient information is available when- and wherever a SEHA provider needs it. This system will noticeably accelerate the creation and management of patient records. It will always be up to date and complete.  It is state-of-the-art.”
The project is part of a series of programs that SEHA is implementing to enhance the overall healthcare environment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. SEHA’s new programs are meant to help improve patient safety and quality of care when using SEHA healthcare facilities. SEHA is implementing the Cerner Millennium® healthcare information technology (HIT) computing platform.  Perot Systems functions as Project Manager.  Gulf Business Machines (GBM) provided the hardware while CERNER and Etisalat provided the secure network and data center.
Carl V. Stanifer, CEO of SEHA, stated: "At SEHA, our goal is to provide all our patients with the best healthcare available. We are continually reviewing opportunities to develop ways to improve the patient experience. The implementation of the EMR technology is a great success at Tawam Hospital and it is already showing results, facilitating information access for physicians and consequently improving the quality of patient care. As these systems are introduced across the SEHA system, this successful technological advancement will benefit all our patients in the future."
Commenting on the new system, Michael Heindel, CEO of Tawam Hospital, in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, added, "This project quite simply reflects the government's initiatives in making our healthcare system better and safer by using the latest technology. We are truly proud of the successful launch of this system, and are delighted to see this project implemented after months of studies, planning and hard work."
SEHA is committed to implementing a system-wide EMR for all of its hospitals and clinics as part of its vision to create a connected healthcare system and to improve the quality of care in Abu Dhabi. SEHA chose Cerner® as its HIT supplier because of Cerner’s flexible platform, significant presence in and commitment to the UAE, and ability to support large scale implementations.
The Cerner Millennium solutions implemented at Tawam Hospital automate processes in the radiology, pathology, pharmacy, surgery, emergency, and scheduling and registration departments. Clinicians at Tawam Hospital are using this new healthcare computing platform to document care and submit orders in the EMR. The hospital is also implementing solutions to create a closed-loop medication administration process, which helps avoid harmful medication errors and improve patient safety.


About SEHA
SEHA is health in Arabic.  The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company – whose corporate identity is SEHA – is an independent, public joint stock company created to manage and develop the curative activities of the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  SEHA is committed to providing quality, cost effective healthcare on par with international standards measured through accessibility, affordability, choice and satisfaction.  SEHA owns and operates 11 hospital facilities, 2,472 licensed beds, more than 39 Primary Health Clinics and 14,350 employees. 
About Tawam Hospital
Tawam Hospital operates under the management of John Hopkins Medicine (JHM). For more than a century, Johns Hopkins Medicine has built a reputation for excellence unsurpassed by any health care institution in the world. Johns Hopkins has been involved in a number of international medical projects that have included academic and clinical advisement, including projects in Turkey, Singapore, China and Panama, among others. However, with the Tawam agreement, Johns Hopkins will contribute additional services to include hospital management and operational resources for a hospital outside of the United States. One of the first initiatives by the Hopkins team will be assisting in the establishment of an oncology center of excellence. The center will treat the most common types of cancer, as well as those prevalent in the Middle East, such as lung, prostate and breast cancer. A wide range of treatments will be offered, and the latest information will be available to physicians and patients from the Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, U.S.A. 
About Cerner
Cerner is taking the paper chart out of healthcare, eliminating error, variance and waste in the care process. With more than 6,000 clients worldwide, Cerner is the leading supplier of healthcare information technology. The following are trademarks of Cerner: Cerner, Cerner’s logo and Cerner Millennium. NASDAQ: CERN. www.cerner.com.

About Perot Systems
Perot Systems is a worldwide provider of information technology services and business solutions. Through its flexible and collaborative approach, Perot Systems integrates expertise from across the company to deliver custom solutions that enable clients to accelerate growth, streamline operations and create new levels of customer value. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Perot Systems reported 2007 revenue of $2.6 billion. The company has more than 23,000 associates located in North America, Europe, MENA and Asia. Additional information on Perot Systems is available at http://www.perotsystems.com/.

About Gulf Business Machines
With roots stretching back more than 17 years, the Gulf Business Machines’ companies (GBM) are IBM’s Sole Distributors, excluding selected IBM products and services, in the GCC with the exception of Saudi Arabia.  A branch in Karachi, Pakistan opened in January 2007 with IBM Premier Partner status, and branches in Lahore and Islamabad followed. Gulf Business Machines BSC provides services and support to IBM distributors. As the largest locally situated IT solutions and service provider GBM satisfies the technology requirements of local, regional and international businesses and governments in the region. The company's comprehensive portfolio of IT solutions and services also includes the offerings of a range of international business partners, including Cisco Systems with whom GBM has enjoyed since 2003 Gold Partner status throughout the region. The company offers award winning, globally acclaimed solutions and the security of a strong regional presence, extensive reach and unrivalled market knowledge. GBM is the recipient of the prestigious Dubai Quality Appreciation Award from the Government of Dubai, and has won Best System Integrator at the Network Middle East awards for the past three years.  Further information is available at www.gbm4ibm.com

 


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