Saudi Health Ministry and GE deliver first phase of digital health MoU

16 March 2018 (Last Updated March 16th, 2018 10:44)

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Saudi Arabia and GE have completed the first phase of their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2017 to deliver digital transformation across the country’s healthcare sector.

Saudi Health Ministry and GE deliver first phase of digital health MoU
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health and GE delivering digital solutions to bring transformative change to Kingdom’s healthcare sector. Credit: General Electric.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Saudi Arabia and GE have completed the first phase of their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2017 to deliver digital transformation across the country’s healthcare sector.

Under the deal, the organisations hope to leverage digital solutions to support Saudi’s National Transformation Plan and Vision 2030 by bringing positive changes in the sector.

In the first phase, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) has been deployed to replace the manual, handwritten charts of a patient’s healthcare journey with digital records.

The cloud-based solution will be available on GE’s Predix platform, which is designed to analyse huge volumes of sensitive data to realise improved outcomes.

“Under the deal, the organisations hope to leverage digital solutions to support Saudi’s National Transformation Plan and Vision 2030 by bringing positive changes in the sector.”

Saudi Arabia health minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah said: “This is a significant step in the transformation of the Kingdom’s healthcare sector in line with the goals of our leadership to enhance patient care and deliver the highest quality of service.

“GE’s partnership with MOH is a pioneering example of how Saudi Arabia is redefining our healthcare landscape through best-in-class solutions.”

According to GE, EMR is providing healthcare professionals and patients with enhanced, continuous access to diagnosis and treatment information as it can record all of a patients touch points with various departments and facilities.

The digital solution will also aid in tracking of disease progression over time, identify timings of preventative visits or screenings, and minimise transcription errors and report turnaround times.

GE chairman and CEO John Flannery said: “EMRS was built to drive quantitative and qualitative improvements to the Kingdom’s healthcare sector through digital transformation.

“This new innovative technology will deliver tangible, game-changing results for healthcare providers and patients across the Kingdom.”

Currently, EMR is available at three MOH hospitals – Al Kharj Maternity & Children’s Hospital, Al Bukayriyah General Hospital and Yanbu General Hospital.