Saudi Hospitals Look to the Cloud to Improve Patient Care
For new mothers at the Al Kharj Maternity & Children’s Hospital southeast of Riyadh, their focus is on the infant in their arms. But there’s another miracle of sorts happening all around them. Their health information is no longer being monitored and recorded on paper. It’s being stored safely in the cloud.
As a result, doctors, nurses and other medical staff can better understand and track each patient’s past and current medical conditions and needs. GE Digital and the Saudi Ministry of Health developed this Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution to unify a patient’s entire healthcare journey.
This digital record replaces manual, handwritten paper charts and other records kept in a variety of different locations within the hospital.
Built on Predix, GE’s platform for Industrial Internet of Things applications, EMR not only holds, but also has the capability to analyze large amounts of data, with the goal of realizing improved outcomes, even in complex environments like healthcare facilities.
The electronic records system has been rolled out in three ministry hospitals so far, including Al Kharj, Al Bukayriyah General Hospital, and Yanbu General Hospital.
The digital system provides an easy-to-access profile that extends from doctor visits and hospital stays, to diagnostic results and health conditions across different hospital departments and medical facilities. It makes records easy to view, but also ensures secure and confidential access to care-givers from across departments, including clinical, laboratory, nursing, pharmacy, radiology, finance, and pathology.
With EMR, hospitals can quickly identify when patients are due for visits or screenings; they can reduce transcription errors, more quickly prepare and distribute medical reports.
Part of what makes the solution so powerful is its ability to bring together medical records that previously were isolated from each other and perhaps hard to access. In fact, some hospitals have as many as 200 distinct systems with their own patient data.
Alongside the solution, GE and the Saudi Health Ministry have developed a complete training program for users, including for vendors working within the hospital networks. The system is also flexible, allowing for change and growth as the needs of the facility, patients, and healthcare providers evolve.
The digital records solution is the one outcome of a memorandum of understanding that GE and the Ministry of Health signed last year to promote positive change in the Kingdom’s healthcare sector through digital solutions, directly supporting the National Transformation Plan and the aims of Saudi Vision 2030.
Read more stories here about GE’s contribution to healthcare in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.