STC Solutions, Cisco Meraki to drive digital transformation

The MoU between Cisco Meraki and STC Solutions was signed at GITEX Technology Week.
Updated 18 November 2018
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STC Solutions, Cisco Meraki to drive digital transformation

At GITEX Technology Week, Cisco Meraki and STC Solutions signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to drive wireless technology adoption and fuel economic growth in line with Saudi Vision 2030’s digital transformation objectives. The MoU states the two companies plan to work together and develop innovative wireless managed services for the Saudi market, intended to make it easier and more economical for customers to start their digital journeys. 

Recognizing the need for sophisticated digital infrastructure, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan foresees increasing the availability and quality of digital connectivity. 

“STC and Cisco Meraki are dedicated to this mission, and will work together to help enable Saudi organizations to quickly deploy simplified wireless solutions with immediate business impacts,” the companies said in a press release.

Saudi organizations of all sizes and verticals are adopting Wi-Fi services for their existing and new business locations. More than half of Saudi private enterprises have Wi-Fi in their head office, as well as in remote branches. There is also increasing investment in wireless solutions in tourism, hospitality, transportation and other sectors. Cisco Meraki, with its focus on simplicity and easy management through a centralized dashboard, will provide STC customers with unmatched visibility and control over their infrastructure.

“STC constantly delivers the latest in managed services with an innovative approach to servicing our clients across all business sectors. We have a long-term relationship with our strategic partner Cisco, and we look forward to enhancing this partnership through adopting world-class solutions that will help our clients to accelerate their digital transformation journey. With the variety of networking and router management solutions that STC provides, the new managed services solution will complement STC’s current portfolio,” said Hatem Al-Kadi, vice president of managed services at STC.

“We are incredibly excited to work with STC to help drive digital transformation in the region. Cisco Meraki is a perfect match for STC and its customers, providing a secure, easy-to-use wireless experience. We look forward to working with STC to transform the digital footprint of Saudi businesses,” said Salman Faqeeh, managing director — Saudi Arabia, Cisco.

STC Solutions is part of Saudi Telecom Company’s ongoing commitment to transform itself into a leading regional ICT player. STCS is accelerating STC’s enterprise segment growth strategy through providing a wide range of ICT services beyond the traditional Telco offerings. 

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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.