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Paper cuts could save UAE hospitals $640 million

Dubai, (28 March 2012) – Leading healthcare delegates will gather at the annual Middle East 2012 conference which takes place in on 20-21 May at the Rocco Forte Hotel to examine the return on investments for hospitals adopting clinical information technology in the UAE’s burgeoning healthcare sector.

John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President, Organisational Services, HIMMS Analytics USA, who will present global case histories and data on the financial and clinical return on investments of healthcare IT systems at the two-day conference, commented “A case study in 2010, showed that six hospitals in the United States saved a total of US$48.5 million per annum by adopting techology. If a similar performance was achieved in the UAE, it would result in a total saving of at least US$640 million for the more-than-eighty federal, local government and private hospitals,” said Hoyt.

According to HIMSS an increasing number of hospitals in the UAE and the wider Gulf region are now actively adopting Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology, a fully implemented paperless medical record system, as they look to improve patient safety, quality and efficiency, as well as save on their costs.

Effective EMR systems benefit hospitals with staff exceeding 150,000 down to the single physician family practice. No matter what scale of healthcare organization, EMR increases efficiency and reduces operating costs.

To assess the EMR technology, HIMSS Analytics developed the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model () in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database.

The EMRAM system uses a eight stage assessment (0-7) that measures the extent of EMR technology adoption in hospitals with 7 representing an advanced electronic patient environment.

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSH&RC) in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will be honored this year with their Stage 6 award on EMRAM, the first hospital in the Middle East to achieve global recognition for its healthcare information technology.

“Putting this achievement into perspective, as of Q4 2011, just 5.2% of more than 5,300 hospitals in the United States tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its EMRAM,” said Hoyt.

Key speakers at this year’s HIMSS Middle East conference include H.E. Eng. Zaid Daoud Al Siksek, CEO, Health Authority Abu Dhabi who will deliver the opening address at the conference and Dr. Mohammed R Al Yemeni, Advisor to the Minister of Health and Supervisor of ICT, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who will outline the Kingdom’s healthcare information technology program.

Other prominent speakers at the event include Khaled Lootah, CEO Support Services at  Ministry of Health Dubai; Hamad Al-Daig, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Affairs from King King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh; Robert Pickton, Chief Information Officer of SEHA, Dr Zafar Chaudry; Dr Zafar Chaudry, Chief Information Officer Liverpool Womens NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom.

For more information, please visit: www.himssme.org/12

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Photo caption: John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President, Organisational Services, HIMMS Analytics USA.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations.

HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. Visit www.himssme.org
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