MOHAP expands electronic health records project with Cerner
The Ministry of Health and Prevention continues its efforts to provide digital health care services for its patients
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has renewed and expanded its alignment with Cerner, a provider in health care technology, for the continued implementation of its enterprise wide health IT system, dubbed the Wareed project.
The Wareed project is designed to establish an electronic health record (EHR) between UAE health facilities and MOHAP patients through the use of an integrated health care IT system. Each patient will be assigned a record number to access facilities and consult physicians, this will help facilitate patient transfer and provide the exchange of medical record data between public hospitals and private clinics.
Furthermore, it will also give providers access to health information, including scheduling, registration, emergency, pharmacy, radiology, surgery and other health data.
Mubaraka Ibrahim, director, Health Information Systems Department, MOHAP, explained: "Cerner will provide the Ministry with the essential solutions and services needed to develop and manage Wareed, including licenses, software and technical support. Cerner will also implement its CareAware connectivity architecture - a comprehensive system wide approach for device connectivity, alarm management and care team communication - across key facilities.
"We are also excited to open four smart maternity rooms that will be supported by Cerner's technology and infrastructure. Through these expanded services and technologies, the Ministry hopes to realise reduced hospital costs and expenses, and also further the development, enhancement and improvement of health care services in the UAE."
Michael Pomerance, vice president and managing director, Cerner Middle East and Africa, added: "Through this alignment, we will leverage the talent and resources of both organisations to help tackle the significant health challenges of the next decade and beyond. Cerner's health care management platform is positioned to help the Ministry realise its vision of providing more proactive care. This next chapter will enable us to better transform the delivery of health and care across the UAE."
Also under the agreement, Cerner will work with the Ministry to implement an anesthesia management program and family encoding license system (meds barcoding) for Al Baraha Hospital. These advanced functionalities will support achievement of Stage 6 on the ambulatory Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model by HIMSS Analytics, an international organisation that measures the level of clinical IT system adoption.
Cerner's solutions and services will support 17 UAE health facilities and 86 primary care clinics, including more than 2,200 beds.