Red Sea Mall supports productive families

Abdullah Al-Tawi, head of Labor Ministry in Makkah region, left, shakes hands with Mohammed Alasiri, marketing manager at the Red Sea Mall. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Red Sea Mall supports productive families

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Labor in the Makkah region, Red Sea Mall recently handed over the keys to the kiosks that were set up as outlets inside the mall, to productive families. So far, the center’s retail outlets have been used by eight productive families within a month. 

The initiative, spearheaded by Red Sea Mall in collaboration with the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), was launched under the slogan “Sinaati Biyadai” in February 2016 to emphasize the importance of handmade labor and promote its development. Over 200 families have benefited from the initiative over the past two years.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Jeddah has been awarding many families enrolled in social security the opportunity to sell their handmade products at Red Sea Mall. The scheduled working days are three to four days for every two families per week, during which the products will be showcased.

Aidrous Al-Bar, executive member of Red Sea Markets Limited Company, owning company of Red Sea Mall, said: “The success of the initiative over the past two years has played a significant role in attracting more families over the years. This year we have collaborated with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, which is overseeing the process of communicating with families registered for social security. We are very pleased with this pioneering step, especially because the project will hugely benefit those who are in need of such opportunities, specifically the families enrolled in social security.”

He added: “Red Sea Mall welcomes the productive families who are directed to us by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and we are helping them overcome obstacles so that the process of benefiting from the initiative will proceed as planned. 

“Our pioneering experience, together with cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aimed at guaranteeing the entry of productive families into the labor market among the small and medium enterprises. The initiative has played a major role in the entry of many families into the labor market during 2016-2017. We are very optimistic about it and will continue to work and contribute toward the achievement of the National Transformation Program 2020, and we will spare no effort to do so.”

This initiative is also one of the activities supporting the retail sector, which has entered a new stage since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, providing investment opportunities in many sectors, especially those specializing in entertainment.


Philips brings virtual cardiology network to KSA

Updated 19 February 2019
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Philips brings virtual cardiology network to KSA

Royal Philips, a health technology company, has teamed up with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Saudi Arabia to provide a first-of-its-kind 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 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. 

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the No.1 cause of death globally. They are also highly prevalent in Saudi Arabia. Cardiology is also one of the most complex areas of the hospital enterprise, with large quantities of data generated by various caregivers across multiple locations. By integrating disparate cardiology systems in the public MOH cardiac centers around the Kingdom, the Philips CVIS aims to reduce data entry, simplify access to test results generated in other departments and make it easier to acquire, analyze 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 visualization from Philips IntelliSpace Portal. Seamless data sharing and connectivity between the hospitals will be managed by Philips Forcare, delivering information health exchange (IHE) interoperability.  

“With a dedicated health care IT clinical informatics team and leadership in connected care, Philips brings a wealth of experience into the cardiology program of the MOH,” said Ozlem Fidanci, market leader Middle East and Turkey at Philips. “This collaboration named as Project Taji marks a significant step by the Ministry of Health toward Saudi Vision 2030 and the elevation of cardiology services across the Kingdom.” 

The Taji Project will be implemented in Makkah, Jeddah, Al-Hofuf, Qassim, Jizan, Najran, Dammam and Arar. All these cities will be connected to the Ministry of Health in Riyadh to utilize tele-cardiology services among MOH cardiac centers. 

“The primary use of tele-cardiology 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 health care system,” said Dr. Ahmed Balkhair, adviser to the vice minister and general supervisor of e-health programs and IT.

“The MoH tele-cardiology initiative helps build up an integrated cardiovascular information system (CVIS), cardiac picture archiving and communications system (CPACS), and an ECG data management system, all of which will enhance the efficiency of the cardiology workflow for the cardiologists and all users, and access to patient studies by authorized users,” said Dr. Mohammed K. Abdulaali, assistant deputy minister for hospital affairs.