Cairo hospital pilots IT partner scheme

Egypt’s Cairo University Kasr El Eini Hospital is undertaking a pilot scheme in partnership with IT vendors including Intel and Toshiba to digitalise hospital data such as x-rays and patient records.

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By  Dylan Bowman Published  June 4, 2006

Egypt’s Cairo University Kasr El Eini Hospital is undertaking a pilot scheme in partnership with IT vendors including Intel and Toshiba to digitalise hospital data such as x-rays and patient records. Professor of urology at the hospital, Dr Amr Abdel Hakim, announced the project at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Cairo last month. The hospital is currently implementing a scheme to automate its admission, treatment and administrative processes, combining back office systems, wireless access points and mobile tablet PCs, Hakim told delegates at the event. “Instead of going through the paperwork and having to treat the patients and then go back and report everything, they do it right at the bedside,” Hakim explained. “We hope in the future that the system is wirelessly connected to the radiology department and the lab department so they can get the data back quicker right to their bedside. This will save time and money too as we do not have to print lots of x-rays and go through the paperwork,” he added. The ‘proof of concept’ scheme, which has been up and running for a couple of months, involves using Intel back office servers, wireless tablet PCs donated by Toshiba and the Al-Madar hospital information system donated by Egyptian software vendor Shadi Systems, as well as Linkdotnet wireless access points. In the next few months the hospital will begin the tendering process for a comprehensive IT system installed throughout the organisation. Hakim did not reveal how much the organisation was looking to spend on implementing such a system, but said his “dream” was to have a paperless hospital. He said that he would also like to have an e-finance application and a system with a degree of intelligence that could help doctors. “If a doctor is prescribing certain drugs and it is a little bit high then the system will warn him of that. This is a dream and I think this will come true,” he added.

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