Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), in collaboration with Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), hosted the inaugural HIMSS Qatar Educational Conference and Health IT Exhibition from 7 to 9 December 2017.
Organised under the umbrella of the Ministry of Public Health and in partnership with Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) and Sidra Medicine, the conference was inaugurated by Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, and attended by Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, and hundreds of healthcare professionals.
In her speech during the opening ceremony, Dr Al Kuwari highlighted the significance of successfully implementing the Clinical Information System (CIS), which provides a personal electronic medical record for each patient at HMC and PHCC.
I am proud of our achievements in implementing a common Clinical Information System across all HMC hospitals and primary health centres. In doing so, Qatar has become the first country in the world to utilise this system across its entire public health sector.
Qatar’s public health system has grown exponentially in recent decades and it has never been more important to connect the system and share patient medical information between providers. For our patients, it is important that they see all the services at HMC, PHCC, and Sidra Medicine as one connected system, and receive the same high-quality care regardless of where they are treated. The CIS helps bring the public health system closer together through shared patient information.’
Local and international speakers presented on a range of topics highlighting the enormous clinical IT transformation that is underway across Qatar’s healthcare system. The programme was structured around Clinical Informatics, Diagnostic Informatics, Nursing Informatics and Health Information Management, and featured keynote speakers, industry leaders, cutting-edge health IT products, and a full scientific educational programme.
Dr AbdulWahab Al Musleh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of CIS at HMC said that the conference provided a wonderful opportunity for healthcare professionals to share and discuss the latest and most relevant information technology news and updates.
It puts the spotlight on the success of our CIS programme in Qatar. Our programme is benefitting patients through improving safety, boosting our clinicians’ ability to diagnose conditions effectively and quickly, increasing efficiency, and allowing clinicians to spend more time with each patient and less time on paperwork.’
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Jeremy Bonfini, Executive Vice President for Global Services of HIMSS said they are proud to have partnered with HMC on the conference. He said that what HMC and PHCC have achieved with the CIS programme is remarkable.
For more information about the HIMSS conference visit the HMC website at hamad.qa.