DHA to launch e-medical record system this year
DUBAI, February 1, 2017
The Dubai Health Authority's (DHA) electronic medical record system, Salama, will officially be launched in 2017 in three phases, it was revealed on the sidelines of Arab Health 2017 in Dubai.
The DHA-wide project aims to provide patients access to their medical record through a patient portal and ensure that the electronic patient medical record is available across the DHA health facilities.
So far 1.4 million DHA patient medical records and 112 million transactions have been transferred to the Salama system and 11,000 DHA staff will be trained on how to use the system in 2017. The training process started on January 29 this year.
Humaid Al Qatami, chairman of the board and director general of the DHA, attended the technical go-live launch of the new system on Wednesday along with other DHA officials, where Amani Al Jassmi, director of information technology at the DHA, explained the three phases of the project.
“There are three phases of the program. In the first phase the programs which will be implemented in April in Rashid Hospital, Dermatology Center, Airport Medical Centers, Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center and the Barsha Health Center,” she said.
Al Jassmi added that the second phase in August Salama will be implemented in Dubai Hospital, Dubai Diabetes Center and all Primary Health Care Centers. While In the third phase in November Salama will be implemented in Latifa Hospital, Hatta Hospital, Thalassemia Center, Dubai Gynecology and Fertility Center and all DHA Medical Fitness Centers, she added.
Al Jasmi said that what makes Salama special is that it integrates 25 application in one interface making it easier to access different applications at the click of a bottom.
Al Qatami said that DHA’s smart health initiatives are in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and the Dubai smart government strategy, which aims to transform Dubai into a smart city.
Al Qatami emphasized that Salama will not only benefit patients by providing them with online access to their medical records but it will help improve patient outcomes by ensuring that the electronic patient file follows the patient across the DHA network of health facilities. He added that the implementation of this project is a vital milestone for the DHA to achieve the authority’s ambition to move towards digital healthcare. - TradeArabia News Service