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.”


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 March 2019
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Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Marriott International and Dur Hospitality this week celebrated the opening of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is strategically located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, and a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. 

“We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences. Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The hotel is inspired by Wadi Hanifa, a beautiful desert oasis running through Riyadh. The low-rise hotel resembles the smooth, dry canyon walls that make for a dramatic arrival experience. Once you step inside, the waterways guide the way into the building, ushering guests through the arrival court into the palm-dotted oasis in the hotel’s courtyard. Planted cacti, flowering vines, plentiful blooming desert flora and native date palm trees create a calming ambiance, providing shade from the desert sun. 

The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments. The deluxe rooms feature modern décor and ample work space, allowing guests to stay connected with in-room technology, including high-speed WiFi and bedside USB outlets. Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can enrich their experience in the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialties 24 hours a day. 

The Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter houses three dining venues, Goji Kitchen — an all-day dining destination, a la carte restaurant Mesquite and Agave Café located in the lobby. The hotel offers multiple recreational areas surrounded by lush greenery. 

Muin Serhan, general manager of Marriott Hotels in Riyadh, said: “The opening of Marriott Riyadh and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is considered an important milestone in our developing journey in the hospitality field; we are keen to provide a very special experience to our valuable guests whatever they are traveling for — business or leisure.”

He added: “And we are very proud to be part of the new Marriott travel program ‘Marriott Bonvoy,’ built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).”