More hospitals to go digital in Dubai

"We are pleased to see the increase in the number of hospitals that are on track with their automation plans towards a paper-less environment”
By Dillan Yogendra
11:34 AM
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The Authority recently honored three Dubai hospitals that follow best practices in electronic implementation of medical records. Hospitals were judged on the basis on their electronic medical record adoption model (EMRAM) score. This model is accepted globally as an international benchmark for the electronic efforts of hospitals.

The model uses a 0 to 7 stage scale to rate hospitals based on the extent to which they have adopted a paperless, digital system; with stage 7 meaning that the hospital is a paperless and digital hospital. The initiative is in line with the DHA’s long-term vision to implement the Dubai Smart Healthcare Model, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at Gitex 2013. The model includes three components: smart operations, smart applications and smart hospitals.

 Dr Mohammad Al Redha, director of health data and information analysis, DHA, said the adoption of this model plays a beneficial role in the Smart Government and Smart City plans.

“Dubai is keen to offer smart health care services to consumers, and we need to test these services against international automation benchmarks. We are pleased to see the increase in the number of hospitals that are on track with their automation plans towards a paper-less environment,” he said. An award was given for two categories: Dubai hospitals that represent best practices in implementation of the electronic medical record (EMR); and hospitals that have dramatically improved their EMRAM score results over the previous year.

The prize in the first category was won by the Saudi–German hospital; and Belhoul European Hospital and Burjeel Hospital won the second category prize.

John Hoyt, executive Vice-President, HIMSS Analytics, said there has been a remarkable improvement in the percentage of Stage 5 hospitals – from 0% in 2011 to 22.4% last year. He remarked that the percentage of hospitals beginning their automation process had increased by 18.1% since the program was implemented for hospitals in Dubai.