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Paper cuts could save UAE hospitals $640m, HIMSS study shows

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, March 28 - 2012 @ 13:46

John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President, Organisational Services, HIMMS Analytics USA, who will present global case histories and data on the financial and clinical return on investments of healthcare IT systems at the two-day conference, commented, “A case study in 2010, showed that six hospitals in the United States saved a total of $48.5m per annum by adopting EMR techology. If a similar performance was achieved in the UAE, it would result in a total saving of at least $640m for the more-than-eighty federal, local government and private hospitals,” said Hoyt.

According to HIMSS an increasing number of hospitals in the UAE and the wider Gulf region are now actively adopting Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology, a fully implemented paperless medical record system, as they look to improve patient safety, quality and efficiency, as well as save on their costs.

Effective EMR systems benefit hospitals with staff exceeding 150,000 down to the single physician family practice. No matter what scale of healthcare organisation, EMR increases efficiency and reduces operating costs.

To assess the EMR technology, HIMSS Analytics developed the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database.

The EMRAM system uses a eight stage assessment (0-7) that measures the extent of EMR technology adoption in hospitals with 7 representing an advanced electronic patient environment.

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSH&RC) in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will be honored this year with their Stage 6 award on EMRAM, the first hospital in the Middle East to achieve global recognition for its healthcare information technology.

“Putting this achievement into perspective, as of Q4 2011, just 5.2% of more than 5,300 hospitals in the United States tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its EMRAM,” said Hoyt.

Key speakers at this year’s HIMSS Middle East conference include H.E. Eng. Zaid Daoud Al Siksek, CEO, Health Authority Abu Dhabi who will deliver the opening address at the conference and Dr Mohammed R Al Yemeni, Advisor to the Minister of Health and Supervisor of ICT, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who will outline the Kingdom’s healthcare information technology programme.

Other prominent speakers at the event include Khaled Lootah, CEO Support Services at Ministry of Health Dubai; Hamad Al-Daig, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Affairs from King King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh; Robert Pickton, Chief Information Officer of SEHA, Dr Zafar Chaudry; Dr Zafar Chaudry, Chief Information Officer Liverpool Womens NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom.

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