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Siemens to operate on Saudi hospital

Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) in Saudi Arabia is deploying a healthcare system from Siemens.

The system will be used to connect the hospital's clinical-administrative workflow with the diagnostic-therapeutic processes in its radiology department.

With 800 beds, DSFH is the largest private hospital in KSA. The hospital said this week it would implement Siemens' Soarian MedSuite Hospital Information System (HIS), as well as its Radiology Information System/Picture Archiving and Communication System (RIS/PACS) syngo suite. Siemens said it would also provide services for the systems.

The announcement was one of the technology highlights at this year's Arab Health conference, held in Dubai this week. A number of leading technology firms attended the event, including Siemens, IBM and Kodak.

Matej Adam, solutions manager for healthcare at IBM, said healthcare providers could benefit from better use of IT in areas such as business optimisation.

Singapore-based firm Healthstats International was also in attendance following its winning of a Technology Pioneer award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, earlier in the week. The award has previously been won by companies such as Google and Napster.

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