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
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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.”


CMRC admits first patients to new Saudi clinic

Updated 21 May 2019
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CMRC admits first patients to new Saudi clinic

Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Center (CMRC), a top post-acute rehabilitation and long-term care facility in the UAE, has admitted 15 patients to its first medical facility in Saudi Arabia. 

CMRC’s new 60-bed clinic, located between Dhahran and Alkhobar, aims to help patients requiring post-acute care and rehabilitation services to make large improvements in their quality of life through multidisciplinary rehabilitative therapies including physiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and multi-sensory room sessions. 

The facility is staffed by multiple clinical experts including GPs, internal medicine consultants, pediatricians, ICU intensivists, rehabilitation consultants, psychologists and therapists, and will service patients across the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. 

It follows the same clinical procedures and protocols successfully implemented in facilities in the UAE, similarly benefiting from the center’s international partnership with the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and accreditations from Joint Commission International, CARF and Planetree.

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CMRC, a portfolio company of health care specialist investor TVM Capital Healthcare, also operates facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain in the UAE.

CMRC Group CEO Dr. Howard S. Podolsky said: “We expand into countries where there is notable demand for post-acute care and rehabilitation services. Like many countries around the world, Saudi Arabia is experiencing a rise in the incidence of non-communicable diseases, birth defects, and life-threatening injuries. Our new facility brings our world-class medical treatment, care, and rehabilitation therapies to the Kingdom through a truly patient-centric approach.”

He added: “We look forward to helping families in the region improve their quality of life and using our international expertise and specialized workforce to support the government of Saudi Arabia’s focus on health care development, as part of Saudi Vision 2030.” 

CMRC, a portfolio company of health care specialist investor TVM Capital Healthcare, also operates facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain in the UAE.

Dr. Helmut Schuehsler, CEO of TVM Capital Healthcare and board member of CMRC, said: “We believe that private equity investment should be a force for good, and that by working in health care, we have a real opportunity to make a difference to patients’ lives. Therefore, we conceptualized and invested in CMRC in the UAE to cater to those in need of post-acute care and an elevated level of rehabilitation. CMRC grew to be the leading post-acute care and rehabilitation provider in the UAE. We are very happy to bring the offer to the people of Saudi Arabia now.”

CMRC offers both inpatient services at its medical centers and outpatient therapy, where patients follow a rehabilitation program after discharge. The company employs more than 500 staff members across all facilities.