IBM showcased its innovative, smart approaches to modernize the healthcare industry during the Arab Health Conference, which took place at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center, from the 25th – 28th of January. On show were their latest solutions and services designed to improve patient healthcare across the region, meeting the rapidly changing demands of the industry.
“IBM is committed to creating smart systems that will enable healthcare organizations to meet the ever increasing challenges of the rapidly growing industry across the region,” said Takreem El-Tohamy, general manager IBM Middle East and North Africa. “A smart healthcare system that is instrumented, interconnected and intelligent means healthcare organizations will benefit from real-time information, shared efficiently between doctors, patients and insurers, through the application of collaboration technologies and smart analytics.”
IBM highlighted their clinical and transformation business practices, experiences and results of solution implementation, as well as showcased the innovative products and solutions, which included:
Hospital Bedside Terminal – This system enables doctors and nurses to retrieve and display medical records and digital radiology images at the patients’ bedside, while patients can use it to access entertainment and Internet services, or speak to nurses on duty via the video-call feature.
Patient centric healthcare – An electronic health record system that refers to a medical record in digital format. Accessed on a computer network, EHR may be made up of electronic medical records (EMRs) from many locations or sources. Data stored can include patient demographics and medical history, medicine and allergy lists, laboratory test results including radiology images, billing records and advanced directives.
IBM has a long history of partnerships in the healthcare industry, and has a track record of providing organizations with the latest technologies required for facing the challenges in providing quality healthcare at lower costs. With these recent innovations, IBM believes that healthcare providers will be able to better collaborate across departments and geographies sharing data and insight, allowing for a reduction in the time needed to transfer records, results and medical histories across the organisation, enabling, quicker more efficient and higher quality healthcare for the patient.
“These innovations will not only allow healthcare organizations to share information in real time with ease of access but they go as far as improving research, diagnosis and treatments” added Takreem El-Tohamy “The industry find itself at a critical stage with increased costs of healthcare becoming prohibitive to many patients, IBMs technologies and services enable organizations to become more efficient and cost effective, thus streamlining their organizational processes and becoming smarter entities offering the highest level of care.”