Saudi health ministry to centralise records

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health is centralising its medical records for 150 clinics across the Kingdom to provide better patient care. The Ministry is implementing the Oracle 10g database to replace the clinics’ paper-based record systems.

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By  Peter Branton Published  April 16, 2006

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health is centralising its medical records for 150 clinics across the Kingdom to provide better patient care. The Ministry is implementing the Oracle 10g database to replace the clinics’ paper-based record systems. With records being stored on paper at individual clinics, data was often not immediately available to staff at other clinics, posing a risk to patient health, the Ministry said. “Our clinical staff can’t be expected to be technology exp- erts as well as medical experts, so we needed to implement a system that was easy to use from the front end, to allow them to access the relevant information online, but which offered a scaleable and consolidated back end,” said Fahad Oteibi, CIO, Ministry of Health. The Oracle 10g database met both of these requirements, as well as offering a good level of security and availability, he went on to add. “We worked closely with the Ministry to help ensure that together with their team and the partner we could provide a smooth migration and clear ROI study prior to the implementation,” said Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Oracle Saudi Arabia’s managing director. SBM in Saudi Arabia also worked on the project.

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