Over the weekend, Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Al Wakra Hospital (AWH) successfully replaced its existing paper patient clinical records system with a new electronic Clinical Information System (CIS).

AWH is the fifth HMC hospital, and third this year, to go-live with CIS with this comprehensive system designed in collaboration with clinicians. CEO of AWH, Wilson Ross, explained that his team and the hospital staff are looking forward to working with the new system and are excited about the implementation. He said:

The CIS programme will ensure that all clinical information on patients is available at the point of care. This will result in high-quality care and reduce clinical risk. CIS will streamline patient care and contribute to better overall outcomes, as such we are very excited for this important roll out.’

The transition from paper to electronic records will require staff to gather and enter additional information from patients and this may mean appointments could take a little longer than usual in the early stages of implementation.

However, to ensure patients’ experiences are as smooth as possible the Al Wakra CIS team has put a number of processes in place, but asked for patients’ understanding and co-operation during this transition period.

AWH is one of the eight hospitals HMC manages, incorporating five specialist hospitals and three community hospitals. HMC has been the principal public healthcare provider in Qatar for over three decades. HMC also manages the National Ambulance Service as well as home and residential care, all accredited by Joint Commission International. HMC is leading the development of the region’s first academic health system and is committed to building a legacy of healthcare expertise in Qatar. HMC collaborates with partners who are key experts in Qatar and beyond, including Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Partners Healthcare, Boston.