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Seha to simplify care for expectant mothers

Abu Dhabi, July 12, 2011

Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) has joined hands with Cerner to implement its women's health maternity solutions at six acute care hospitals across the emirate.

The move comes as part of Seha's commitment to transform health care in Abu Dhabi, said the company in a statement.

A leading provider of healthcare solutions, Cerner said this investment in women’s health care technology is part of the its expanded agreement with Seha announced last year.

The hospitals which have implemented the Cerner solutions are Al Corniche Hospital and Sheikh Khalifa Medical City on the main island, Al Ain Hospital and Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, Mafraq Hospital in Mafraq and Al Rahba Hospital in Al Rahba.

These hospitals in the Seha system are the first facilities in the Middle East to digitize care processes for expectant mothers using Cerner's women's health maternity solution, said a senior official.

“The solution is called PowerChart Maternity. Our Seha IT team, led by Sarah Thomson, clinical applications specialist, George Yacoub, chief information officer at Corniche, and Donna McCormick, ENT manager at Seha home office, worked closely with the physicians and nurses at the six hospitals impacted to make the implementation a success."

"It rolled it out last week and already, employees are telling us they see the benefits accruing for our patients,” said Robert Pickton, chief information officer for Seha.

"The module allows Seha caregivers to monitor and integrate information on both the baby and mother and all the changes pregnancy brings to a mother from her first outpatient visit right up to delivery."

"It integrates the information stream of mother and baby to deliver better outcomes for both. We see this as a great health management tool going forward and are pleased to be participating," noted Pickton.

The Cerner maternity solution works within Seha’s system-wide Cerner Millennium electronic health record (EHR) architecture and improves care for mothers and babies by:
 
•Improving access to information: Doctors and nurses in the Seha facilities have on-demand, real-time access to information about both the expectant mother and the baby throughout the pregnancy and during delivery, including notes from previous visits, lab results, radiology images and medications.

•Simplifying the care process: Information sharing is enabled between the mother’s EHR and the baby’s EHR after delivery, simplifying the care process and providing an important step in increasing the quality of care for both individuals.

Knowledge-based alerts warn physicians of potentially dangerous situations, and electronic order entry eliminates transcription errors and illegible handwritten orders.

“Seha is the first Cerner client in the Middle East to automate women’s health functions in their facilities, and this will be one of the most extensive client deployments of this technology worldwide," said Greg White, vice president and managing director, Cerner MEA and India.
 
"This automation enables physicians and nurses to access and integrate details of women’s pregnancy development and delivery across all Seha facilities," White added.

In recognition of Seha’s commitment to improving care for mothers and babies, Cerner is donating 100 new car seats to Seha for use by families of newborns.-TradeArabia News Service




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