Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health and GE deliver the first phase of its digital health MOU
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health and GE have delivered the first phase of its landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) focused on digital transformation in healthcare.
Driving positive change in the Kingdom’s healthcare sector, it will aim to implement innovative digital solutions to support the country’s National Transformation Plan and the aims of Saudi Vision 2030.
One of the country’s key technological solutions is the launch of cloud-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR), a to store an entire healthcare journey through a digital platform.
GE’s comprehensive and secure Predix platform for Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications enables the ability to store large volumes of patient data, and is optimised for high volume, low latency, and integration-intensive data management and analytics to drive positive patient outcomes and high quality of care.
The EMR platform is currently utilised in three main MOH hospitals in the Kingdom: Al Kharj Maternity & Children’s Hospital, Al Bukayriyah General Hospital, and Yanbu General Hospital.
Through Predix, healthcare providers and patients will gain increased access towards diagnosis and treatment, where a user’s profile will detail all touch points with different departments and facilities.
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This will therefore enable health professionals to look at the process of certain medical conditions and identify when patients need to be seen. It will also seek to reduce the number of manual based errors, such as incorrectly inputting data, as well as turnaround times. The technology will therefore provide a holistic view of patients’ visits, results, and conditions.
Through the partnership, the Ministry of Health and GE have co-created a bespoke tool that encourages fast adoption through ease-of-use. While some hospitals have as many as 200 disparate systems, EMR has integrated the clinical, laboratory, nursing, pharmacy, radiology, finance, and pathology departments into a single platform.
A training programme has also been established for both users and vendors within hospital networks through this flexible, scalable platform.
“This is a significant step in the transformation of the Kingdom’s healthcare sector in line with the goals of our leadership to enhance patient care and deliver the highest quality of service,” explained H.E. Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health.
“The welfare and well-being of our people is a fundamental priority of the leadership, and we see significant opportunity in leveraging digital solutions for boosting healthcare delivery. GE’s partnership with MOH is a pioneering example of how Saudi Arabia is redefining our healthcare landscape through best-in-class solutions.”
John Flannery, Chairman and CEO of GE, said, “This new innovative technology will deliver tangible, game-changing results for healthcare providers and patients across the Kingdom. The more relevant information that healthcare providers have about their patients, the better positioned they are to serve their needs.”
NHS care homes are better than private, report finds
A new survey has found that 60% of people with parents in NHS care homes believe the quality of care has improved, compared to just 49% of respondents with parents in private care facilities.
The survey was conducted by Kepler Vision Technologies, an AI-driven company formed at the University of Amsterdam. It was carried out among UK adults with parents over the age of 75.
Respondents cited more capable care staff and better monitoring systems as being the main reasons for improvement.
However those who do not have parents in assisted living facilities had a different viewpoint - in this case only 35% of respondents believe that NHS facilities are improving, compared to 32% who believe it is only improving in the private sector.
Only 18% of people whose parents live with them or independently believe care home staff are able to look after residents to a good standard.
Kepler Vision say this difference in opinion is due to perceived budget cuts and financial pressures, with 67% of people commenting that a lack of funding has had a negative effect on care in both NHS and private care facilities.
Other key findings of the survey include:
* Out of those who say quality has declined in care homes, 69% say the NHS is dealing with budget cuts and increased financial pressure, while 65% also said that the private system is dealing with these pressures too
* 55% said that they or their parent have money saved specifically to pay for their future care
* 35% said the idea of their parent in a care home makes them feel frightened, although 32% say it makes them feel secure
* 52% are worried about their parent catching COVID
* 47% are worried about their parent being lonely
* 46% are concerned they could fall over alone
The announcement of this research follows the UK government's decision to delay presenting its social care budget till the autumn.
Commenting on the research, Dr Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “While it is good to see that people recognise the importance of staff and face-to-face interaction in elderly care, the huge gap in opinion between those with parents in care and those without shows that there are unfair negative perceptions around the residential care space.
"More can and should be done by care homes to give people the confidence that their relatives will receive the very best care - by highlighting the excellent work of staff and how well they are able to monitor resident’s needs with easy-to-use technology.”