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Advanced Digital Technology at the New HMC Hospitals

Patients at the three new hospitals of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) are benefitting from some of the most technologically advanced digital healthcare environments in the Middle East.

The Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, the Women’s Wellness and Research Centre and the Ambulatory Care Centre, all located in  Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City, were designed and built with an integrated information and computer technology infrastructure capable of advancing the delivery of safe and effective care for patients.

Hamad Al Khalifa, HMC Chief of Healthcare Facilities said that the staff in the new hospitals carry customised wireless phones. This is a huge benefit for managers as they can quickly contact the staff no matter where they are in the hospitals. Managers have the option to call individual staff or call a pre-determined group or team via one phone call. This means multiple members of a team can be contacted at the same time, improving the speed at which they can respond.

The wireless network across the three facilities has been specifically designed to provide consistent, high quality coverage and to enable Real Time Location System (RTLS) tracking that can monitor the exact locations of patients, equipment and staff.

This functionality will be utilised to benefit the delivery units within the Women’s Wellness and Research Centre, explained Al Khalifa

The delivery units will implement a state-of-the-art baby and mother tracking system. Through the use of digital wristbands, babies and their mothers can be securely matched, eliminating any potential confusion as to which baby belongs to which mother.’

The Clinical Information System (CIS), which has been introduced to all nine of the other HMC hospitals, has been fully integrated in the three new hospitals. CIS provides each patient with a personal electronic health record which can be accessed by medical teams within any HMC facility or Primary Health Care Centre facility, regardless of where the patient was initially treated. The benefits of the Clinical Information System within the new hospitals are vast, according to Al Khalifa.

By implementing CIS, clinicians can spend more time with each patient and less time on paperwork, reducing also the possible errors in transcription.

We have utilised the advanced network to enable data from patient monitors – blood pressure, heart rate etc. – to be automatically sent to CIS and uploaded to the patients’ electronic records. This has the joint benefit of saving time and reducing the chances of errors, by avoiding the need for clinical staff to manually input patient data.’

For more information about the digital system of HMC, visit their website at hamad.qa

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