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DHA launches the final phase of the Salama Electronic Medical Record System

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched the third and final phase of the unified electronic system Salama, in Latifa Hospital, Hatta Hospital, Thalassemia Center, Dubai Gynecology and Fertility Center and all DHA Medical Fitness Centers. 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. The first phase was launched in April in Rashid Hospital, Barsha Health center, Airport Medical Center, Dermatology Center and Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center while the second phase was launched in in Dubai Hospital, Dubai Diabetes Center, the Family Gathering Center and all Primary Health Care Centers. So far more than 1.4 million DHA patient medical records and more than 112 million transactions have been transferred to the Salama system. Commenting on the launch, His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the DHA said the authority is keen to achieve initiatives and projects that aim to fulfil its goals towards a happier and healthier community in line with the wise vision of the UAE leadership. He also pointed out that the authority has completed the Salama project in record time as it was initially expected to launch in 2018, however the authority speeded it up due to the urgency and importance of having such a unified electronic medical record system. Al Qutami commended all those who have contributed to the success of the project adding that this reflects the teamwork that drives the development of the authority and the health sector in Dubai. Amani Al Jassmi, Director of Information Technology at the DHA said Salama allows 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 reduces the patient’s waiting time, reduce costs and allow patients to communicate with doctors quickly. Al Jasmi said that patients are not 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 helps nurses’ access patients medical record instantly and from anywhere. It allows admins to prepare and print reports for patients more quickly so that they can focus their time on more important tasks and finally it enables 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 provides 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 were 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.
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