The Dubai Health Authority (DHA)’s unified electronic medical record system, Salama, will go live on Friday in Rashid Hospital, Barsha Health center, Airport Medical Center, Dermatology Center and Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center.
The announcement was made on Wednesday during a press conference held at the authority’s headquarter.
Salama, which was launched under the patronage of His Highness 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.
During the press conference, His Excellency Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the DHA said the implementation of this project is a vital milestone for the DHA to achieve the authority’s and Dubai Government’s ambition to move towards digital healthcare.
He emphasised on the importance of the project as it will help improve patient care and patient safety and it will improve risk management and organizational quality.
Amani Al Jassmi, Director of Information Technology at the DHA said in the second phase—in August— Salama will be implemented in Dubai Hospital, Dubai Diabetes Center and all Primary Health Care Centers. While In the third phase in November Salama will be implemented in Latifa Hospital, Hatta Hospital, Thalassemia Center, Dubai Gynecology and Fertility Center and all DHA Medical Fitness Centers.
“So far more than 1.4 million DHA patient medical records and more than112 million transactions have been transferred to the Salama system. To ensure the smooth transition to the new electronic system, patients will be requested to provide their Emirates ID, Medical card and health insurance,” she added.
Commenting on the new system, Al Jasmi 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 Jasmi 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 application 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.