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More hospitals prescribe IT

Al Jazeira Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in UAE<br>implements a new HealthCare Information Systems (HIS) project in compliance with Ministry of Health's objectives.

ITQAN Al Bawardi, a UAE-based system integrator recently completed the second phase of the Healthcare Information System (HIS) project at Al Jazeira Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in UAE. It is also the main referral hospital for other hospitals and primary healthcare centres in Abu Dhabi.

Previously ITQAN completed the first phase of the project covering the administrative tasks of Master Patient Index (MPI) and outpatient management. The second phase was for streamlining information and resources. It incorporated key clinical functionalities namely unification of patient identification number, electronic patient records, laboratory results routing between the various laboratories in the hospital and the in-patient wards and the outpatient clinics.

The system, based on Medicom HIS, caters for information from over 16 outpatient clinics, 400 visits per day and 339 beds. The new HIS project would encompass 200,000 registered patient files, with an average of 75 daily new patients, 315 daily appointments, 465 out-patient visits, 350 out-patient prescriptions, 170 in-patients, 20 daily admissions, 55 in-patient prescriptions and 322 daily registered specimens from the various departments.

"IT has become an integral part of the hospital's resources in almost all departments. We wanted clinical information and hospital performance reports to be at the fingertips of our medical staff and management to enable them to maximize their efficiency while making critical decisions," says Mohammed Abdulalla Al-Dhahiri, hospital director, Al Jazeira Hospital.

The hospital also wanted to minimise manual data entry in its laboratories in order to speed up the work and increase accuracy. Test results are now transferred directly from the respective analysers into the HIS system, to be distributed towards and clinics instantly. The hospital claims that electronic prescriptions have enabled doctors to check availability of drugs before prescribing, and have enabled the pharmacy to control inventory seamlessly.

"We have achieved a substantial degree of interdepartmental integration within the hospital. Forthcoming projects will involve implementation of additional HIS modules (such as radiology, picture archiving, operating theatre management, order entry and billing) and using the internet to interface with other hospitals, health centres for integrated healthcare service," says Dr. Ihsan Al-Maliki, IT manager at Al Jazeira hospital.

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