Friday 19 October 2018

Amani Al Jassmi

DHA set to launch 2nd phase of electronic records

DUBAI, July 9, 2017

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has completed its preparations to launch the second phase of the unified electronic system Salama, in Dubai Hospital, Dubai Diabetes Center, the Family Gathering Center and all primary health care centers in August.

Salama, which was launched under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Crown Prince of Dubai, in February 2016, is a DHA-wide project that aims to provide patients and doctors access to medical records through a patient portal and ensure that the electronic patient medical record is available across the DHA health facilities.

The second phase of the project  will be launched in August following the success of the first phase, which was launched in April in Rashid Hospital, Barsha Health center,  Airport Medical Center, Dermatology Center and Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center.

So far more than 1.4 million DHA patient medical records and more than 112 million transactions have been transferred to the Salama system.

Amani Al Jassmi, director of IT at the DHA said to ensure the smooth transition to the new electronic system; patients will be requested to provide their Emirates ID, medical card and health insurance.

The third phase of the Salama initiative will be launched in November in Latifa Hospital, Hatta Hospital, Thalassemia Center, Dubai Gynaecology and Fertility Center and all DHA Medical Fitness Centers.

Al Jassmi has said that Salama will allow vital patient information such as the medical history of the patient and his family, the surgeries the patient underwent, lab test results and X-ray reports, to be accessed by DHA doctor at the ease from all DHA facilities.

This will reduce the patient’s waiting time, reduce costs and allow patients to communicate with doctors quickly.

Al Jassmi said that patients would not be the only benefiters of the system, as it will allow doctors to use pre-customized order sets in seconds to provide patients the care they deserve faster. It will help nurses access patients medical record instantly and from anywhere. It will allow admins to prepare and print reports for patients more quickly so that they can focus their time on more important tasks and finally it will enable allied health to assess patient’s progress using historical lab results to make more informed decisions on their care.

Al Jasmi said that what makes Salama special is that it integrates 25 applications in one interface making it easier to access different applications at the click of a bottom.

Furthermore, it will provide healthcare providers across the DHA network with quick access to patient records.

She said that the Healthcare providers will receive consolidated and integrated patient information, which gives providers a rapid, complete overview of the patient’s condition.

She added that 11,000 DHA employees will be trained to use Salama, while the 60 employees who have worked on implementing Salama have been trained in the UAE and in the US by the international company EPIC. – TradeArabia News Service

Tags: Dubai Health Authority | Salama | DHA | Medical records |

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