Ministry of Health and GE deliver digital solutions to transform Kingdom’s health care sector

The Ministry of Health and GE have committed to driving positive change in the Kingdom’s health care sector through digital solutions.
Updated 17 March 2018

Ministry of Health and GE deliver digital solutions to transform Kingdom’s health care sector

The Saudi Ministry of Health and GE have delivered the first phase of a landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) focused on digital transformation in health care, signed in May 2017 in the presence of King Salman. In the MoU, the Ministry of Health and GE committed to driving positive change in the Kingdom’s health care sector through digital solutions, directly supporting the National Transformation Program and the aims of Saudi Vision 2030.
The key solution deployed as part of the MoU is the cloud-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR), a digital record of a patient’s entire health care journey, which replaces the manual, handwritten paper charts previously used. The solution will be on Predix, GE’s platform for Industrial Internet of Things applications.
EMR is currently live in three Ministry of Health hospitals in the Kingdom: Al-Kharj Maternity and Children’s Hospital, Al-Bukayriyah General Hospital, and Yanbu General Hospital.
Benefits of EMR include being able to see results over time to track progress of a medical condition; quickly identifying when patients are due for preventative visits or screenings; reducing the number of transcription errors; reducing report turnaround times; and providing a holistic view of patients’ visits, results, and conditions.
Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, minister of health, said: “This is a significant step in the transformation of the Kingdom’s health care sector in line with the goals of our leadership to enhance patient care and deliver the highest quality of service. The welfare and well-being of our people is a fundamental priority of the leadership, and we see significant opportunity in leveraging digital solutions for boosting health care delivery. GE’s partnership with the Ministry of Health is a pioneering example of how Saudi Arabia is redefining our health care landscape through best-in-class solutions.”
John Flannery, chairman and CEO of GE, said: “EMRS was built to drive quantitative and qualitative improvements to the Kingdom’s health care sector through digital transformation. This new innovative technology will deliver tangible, game-changing results for health care providers and patients across the Kingdom. The more relevant information that health care providers have about their patients, the better positioned they are to serve their needs.”
Hisham Al-Bahkali, president & CEO, GE Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: “Saudi Arabia is shaping a new growth narrative led by Vision 2030 that places the welfare of its residents as the top-most priority. The Kingdom’s emphasis on diversification and partnerships offers a significant opportunity for companies like GE to partner in the growth vision of the Kingdom.”

Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Updated 12 December 2018

Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Careem held the first edition of its Captain’s Excellence Award Ceremony in Riyadh on Saturday. The event, which will be held annually, was the first-of-its-kind in the region and welcomed over 300 top-performing “captains” (Careem drivers) across the Kingdom. 

The captains were awarded based on different criteria such as: Captains with the highest number of trips, highest (customer-given) ratings and longest serving captains. Rewards were also handed out to captain ambassadors, i.e. those with the highest number of referrals and captains that were given a special shoutout on social media by customers for their dedication to their service. Several rewards were handed out along with the grand prize, a brand new car. 

Abdulla Elyas, chief people officer and co-founder of Careem, opened the event with an ode to the captains in attendance, thanking them for their service and commitment in driving impact through meaningful initiatives across the Kingdom. Some of these initiatives included the vaccination campaign in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, which helped more than 100,000 men, women and children across 17 cities get vaccinated in their own homes. Careem also collaborated with Bupa Arabia during Ramadan this year to donate clothes from customers to people in need, where over 180,000 donations were collected. 

Elyas also announced Careem’s partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in delivering the first installment of cars for the empowerment of people with special needs. The foundation, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, will provide a number of cars over the course of seven years to men and women of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia) after being trained.

“Our captains are the lifeblood of our business and we wanted to celebrate these men and women for helping us achieve our mission of simplifying and improving the lives of people in the Kingdom,” Elyas said. 

“We are proud to have 395,000 ‘captainahs’ (female drivers) and captains registered with us to date in Saudi Arabia, providing over 122 million rides. This ceremony is our small way to thank them for their service and reward them for the hard work they put in every day so that people have a safe way to get around. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today” 

Muaaed Al-Saeed, a representative from the Public Transport Authority (PTA), said: “We are excited to have you all; you have overcome each obstacle you were faced with in a short span of time and for that we are extremely proud.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I convey the regards of PTA President Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih. The participation of myself and Majed Al-Zahrani, PTA general manager, is proof of our support to all the captains.”