Royal Philips, a health technology company, has teamed up with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Saudi Arabia to provide integrated cardiovascular information system (CVIS) across multiple facilities throughout the kingdom
Patient medical information will be available on demand at the point of care in each one of the connected hospitals to help improve quality access to cardiology care managed by a network of specialists.
The Philips CVIS includes advanced software technology and image analysis to simplify cardiovascular data management for cardiology departments to work more efficiently and accurately.
The CVIS aims to reduce data entry, simplify access to test results generated in other departments, and make it easier, to acquire, analyse and share patient data.
The cardiology patient data information will be powered by Philips IntelliSpace Cardiovascular platform, featuring advanced archiving from the Philips Universal Data Manager (UDM) and advanced visualisation from Philips IntelliSpace Portal.
Ozlem Fidanci, market leader the Middle East and Turkey at Philips, said, “This collaboration named as Project Taji, marks a significant step by the Ministry of Health towards Saudi vision 2030 and the elevation of cardiology services across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Taji Project will be implemented in the cities of Mecca, Jeddah, Al Hafouf, Qaseem, Jizan, Najran, Dammam and Arar. All these cities will be connected to the Ministry of Health in Riyadh to utilise telecardiology services among MOH cardiac centres.
Dr Ahmed Balkhair, advisor to the vice minister and the general supervisor of e-health programmes and IT, stated, “The primary use of telecardiology is to support primary care practitioners in the area of correct diagnosis, thus empowering them to manage cardiac patients with increased confidence. It also improves the clinical training of the average practitioner, by increasing the clinician’s level of knowledge at the primary level. This will equip GPs to offer better care and improve the overall healthcare system.”