Bahrain launches e-health project

The Bahrain Ministry of Health (MoE) has launched its King Hamad e-Health Governorates Project, which is designed to enhance the healthcare provision in the Kingdom by driving efficiency through IT solutions.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  December 8, 2003

The Bahrain Ministry of Health (MoE) has launched its King Hamad e-Health Governorates Project, which is designed to enhance the healthcare provision in the Kingdom by driving efficiency through IT solutions.

The primary objective of the project is to connect all governates health service providers to a single e-health network.

The project will also promote health tourism and educate the public about changes in educational health and pharmaceutical industries that are part of a series of comprehensive healthcare reforms.

The project will stress on the positive contribution of health sector in the development of the national economy. Between 5% and 10% of the ministry’s annual budget will be allocated to it.

The 18-month initial stage of the project will start early next year and will be followed by another three stages. A group of major international information technology companies will soon be selected to become partners.

“Our vision for an integrated health service system and the journey we are taking to achieve it is based on our belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” says Bahrain’s health minister Dr Khalil Ebrahim Hassan. “Looking beyond the walls of our facilities and blending services with the community and the education system will change the way we perceive our health service. As we reach out to our partners in building this network of care, we create a force that will enable us to have an impact on our communities and our quality of life,” he adds.

The main information centre will be set up in Manama, most likely in the Salmaniya area, while the other centres will be information driven.

The project will contribute in achieving related objectives such as the establishment of a database and information systems in the governorates, and compilation of statistics on health problems, widespread diseases and environmental conditions.

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