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AHS deploys digital health solution for schools

Cerner electronic health records solution rolled out for Abu Dhabi public schools

AHS deploys digital health solution for schools
(l-r): Mohamed Al Hameli, Chief Information Officer, AHS; Mohamed Hawas Kinaan Al Sadid, Acting Chief Executive Officer, AHS; Humaid Abdullah, ADEC's Student Affairs Division Manager and Dr Najah Saad Mustapha, School Health Director, AHS.

Abu Dhabi's Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS), a part of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), has completed the first stage in the roll out of electronic health records for public schools.

AHS has completed the first phase in a migration of health records to a system from Cerner, in Abu Dhabi and the central region of the emirate. The solution is intended to streamline processes and reduce administration costs, while increasing patient safety by reducing human error. The system is also compliant with the legal, regulatory and accreditation requirements of Abu Dhabi.

At present over 360 school nurses are undergoing training in the system, and 123 schools have been connected since September. Overall, 256 public schools will be moved to the system.

Mohamed Hawas Al Sadeed, acting chief executive officer, AHS, said: "The implementation of the electronic data system in school health services will bring us up-to-date with the advanced technology systems in the AHS-SEHA network. Bringing the students' data online will offer easy access to the child's healthcare records from birth including vaccination dates and vital medical information that is crucial to providing timely and effective healthcare services. It will additionally enable seamless transfer of data across schools and clinics, raising the efficiency of our healthcare services."

The system is intended to create a single electronic record for each student, so that records can easily be transferred among institutions as required. Manual processing of forms will also be reduced, and SEHA will be able to more easily create statistical reports and analyse data.

Dr Najah, School Health Service Director, AHS said: "As a healthcare service provider for public schools, we realize the importance of the school nurse and her role in maintaining the medical records of students. The information proves crucial while providing first aid for accidents, chronic diseases management and during surveillance for communicable diseases. We are delighted that the nurses have welcomed the initiative that will reduce their time spent in manually filling the same data on various forms."

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