Cerner recognises ME healthcare technology adoptions

Cerner Middle East & Africa creates five new award categories to reflect changing dynamics in healthcare

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Cerner recognises ME healthcare technology adoptions
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 19, 2016

Cerner Middle East and Africa launched its fifth edition of its Achievement and Innovation Awards by honouring its clients across the region for their healthcare technology adoptions.

To reflect the changing dynamics in the healthcare industry, Cerner created five new award categories covering clinical and end user experiences to acknowledge their clients' innovative use of technology over the past 12 months for further advancing the quality of healthcare information technology systems.

Michael Pomerance, vice president and managing director, Cerner Middle East and Africa said: "The variety of projects and expertise showcased in this year's nominations highlights the progress our clients are accomplishing to transform healthcare and connect everything that matters to the patient."

The Abu Dhabi Health Services company (SEHA) received two awards; the Achievement and Innovation in Patient Experience award for SEHA automated the operating room booking process and eliminating 85% of the time required to get an operation scheduled.  This eliminated over 2,000 hours in patient waiting time.

The other award, "Achievement and Innovation in Support Services" was due to SEHA created a process whereby they can now effectively engage with their 6,000 nurses to receive enhancement requests for their Malaffi system which allowed SEHA nurses to spend 10,000 additional hours with patients instead of with computers.

The "Achievement and Innovation in Population Health Management" was awarded to SEHA Ambulatory Health Services for improving the yearly retina scan compliance percentage for their diabetic population. 

Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar was recognised with the "Achievement and Innovation in Clinical Decision Support" award for leveraging the Clinical Information Systems platform to create an advanced alert which monitors their patients 24 hours identifying patients with deteriorating conditions and alerting clinicians to take action. This alert has stopped over 200 cardiac arrests based upon baseline data and an estimated 50 lives.  This is the second alert implemented at HMC.  The sepsis alert was implemented in 2015 and has saved 65 lives.

The "Achievement and Innovation in User Experience" award was granted to King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Saudi Arabia. KFSH&RC's family medicine clinic has achieved HIMSS 7 Ambulatory certification by the HIMSS organisation and is the first facility outside of North America to earn this accreditation.  The paperless and data intensive environment has allowed them to increase early colon cancer detection by over 300% in addition to many other improvements.

Pomerance added: "We would like to thank our clients for their nominations and for giving us the opportunity to share their success stories, which help encourage other initiatives, and to foster more knowledge exchange among healthcare professionals. We are honoured to play our part in facilitating the exchange of ideas and showcasing the achievements being made in defining the next era of healthcare."

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