The Dubai Health Authority has introduced the final phase of its Salama programme, which unifies patient records on a single portal accessible in all DHA facilities.
Originally launched in February 2016, the scheme was rolled out in three phases to minimise potential disruption, with the first being introduced in April of this year. So far everything appears to have gone smoothly, with details of a remarkable 1.4 million patients already safely moved into the system.
Early signs are positive too about the potential impact the introduction has had, with patient waiting times for lab results and x-ray reports being cut sizably.
Speaking to Gulf news, Director of Information Technology at the DHA, Amani Al Jassmi, highlighted that it will be beneficial for everyone in the Emirate, she said: “Patients are not the only people to benefit from the system, as it will allow doctors to use pre-customised order sets in seconds to provide patients with the care they deserve faster.
“It helps nurses access patients’ medical records instantly, and from anywhere. It allows administrators 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 workers to assess progress using historical lab results to make more informed decisions on their care.”
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