The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has renewed and expanded its strategic relationship with Cerner for the continued implementation of its enterprise wide EHR system, called the Wareed project. The project is designed to establish a streamlined and accessible EHR between United Arab Emirates (UAE) health facilities and a consolidated health information database of MOHAP patients through the use of an integrated health care IT system.
EHR Implementation Details
As part of the implementation, Cerner’s solutions and services will support 17 UAE health facilities and 86 primary care clinics, including more than 2,200 beds. The move is an example of MOHAP’s continued commitment to provide health care services that meet or exceed industry standards for citizens and residents of Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
Additionally, Cerner will work with the Ministry to implement an anesthesia management program and family encoding license system (meds barcoding) for Al Baraha Hospital as part of the long-term agreement. These advanced functionalities will support achievement of Stage 6 on the ambulatory Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM by HIMSS Analytics, an international organization that measures the level of clinical IT system adoption.
In addition, MOHAP will have access to Cerner associates who will manage a centralized help desk, learning and adoption services, clinical leadership and reporting and device integration. The opportunity to leverage Cerner’s global presence as the health system’s needs change will give MOHAP greater flexibility of its skills and resources. Cerner will also work with new graduates from universities in the UAE to train the local workforce in clinical informatics.
Key Implementation Benefits
Each patient will be assigned a corresponding record number to access facilities and consult physicians, a process that will contribute toward the unified national database of patient medical records platform. The presence of this national database will help facilitate patient transfer and provide the exchange of medical record data between public hospitals and private clinics. It will also give providers access to health information, including scheduling, registration, emergency, pharmacy, radiology, surgery and other health data.
“We renewed our agreement with Cerner to create an integrated national platform, enable the smooth exchange of health information, develop a uniform level of care across all Ministry facilities and work toward the improved delivery of health care throughout our state. This platform is part of the UAE government and the Ministry’s vision to advance the quality of operational systems, the development of health facilities and provide easier access to care in accordance with international standards,” said His Excellency Awad Al Ketbi, assistant undersecretary of the Support Services Sector, MOHAP.