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.”
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
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DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”