Organization: Qatar Supreme Council for Health
Forum: Big data & healthcare
In January 2012, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Cerner signed a landmark agreement to digitize the entire public health system of Qatar, including all HMC hospitals and Primary Health Care centers (PHCs). All major hospitals in Qatar have adopted the same Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution, which enables easy consolidation and sharing of health data for a large part of the population.
EHRs will enable Qatari health professionals to elevate the safety, quality and efficiency of their services by granting them immediate access to up-to-date, comprehensive patient information, including past attendances, medical history and test results. This will support the creation of a personal health record for every Qatari citizen which will allow patients to connect with their care team to book appointments and ask questions. It will allow the development of personalized health risk profiles and care plans which will support patients to better manage their own health.
On a larger scale, the rich data collected through the system will provide evidence-based best practices and improve the clinical care processes. The information obtained will provide the foundation for medical research initiatives related to population health management, including non-communicable diseases and other chronic health conditions, and will assist the government in planning for further improvements to health healthcare provision in Qatar.