The summit will create a promising investing environment for leading Information Technology Companies and a number of health facilities, all of which coincide with the increasing investments of the health care sector in both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is ranked as the country with the highest spending rate in the healthcare sector, illustrating the fact that the Saudi Ministry of Health had revelled earlier this year the signed contracts for enormous planned healthcare projects in the Kingdom.
In this regard, Dr.Omar Al Ghamdi, Associate Executive Director of Information Technology Services in King Fahad Specialist Hospital Dammam, stated, “The hospital participation in this year summit under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah, and with the attendance of a large number of both local and international technology industry and health sector pioneers, marks an important step marched by the hospital which coincide with both preparing King Khalid Medical City infrastructure and preparing it Saudi cadres and the medical city planning stages, all of which coincide with the rapid development of the Kingdom healthcare sector which witness continuous support from our government and the Ministry of Health to enhance the quality of this sector healthcare services, in addition to fully utilize the latest technologies to better serve the patients in compliance with the Ministry of Health slogan (Patient first) which was adopted by the hospital through the application of the latest developed technologies developed that are beneficial to the patients, such as providing the patient’s medical information’s on portable storage units, the patients electronic medical records, and reserving the patients appointments electronically.”
Al Ghamdi also illustrated the significance of this year forum, being the first forum in Saudi Arabia to discuss the concept of interoperability: which can be defined as a system to electronically link all of the medical software’s to the electronic health personal computers in all parts of the Kingdom, which provides an ease of use and facilitate the exchange of shared medical information among all of the health institutors in the Kingdom, which enhances both the efficiency and quality of the health system for all citizens of the Kingdom.
Al Ghamdi also added, “The functioning of this system allows you to link to the medical records of the patients to wherever he went to receive health care across the kingdom by sharing a national wide identification system, and the results of both the laboratory tests and X-rays.”
Al Ghamdi also pointed out, “The participation of KFSHD Information Technology Services Administration with it five departments including Health Informatics Department in this year summit, presents an investment opportunity in the kingdom healthcare technology for leading Information Technology companies, especially with the steps taken by ITS administration to create the IT infrastructure for King Khalid Medical City project, and it investment in the experience Saudi Cadres whom will apply the best technology to create the technical infrastructure for this project.”
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