Saudi health ministry takes steps to enhance health care

The performance-monitoring agency was established in 2016. (SPA)
Updated 12 December 2018

Saudi health ministry takes steps to enhance health care

  • Adaa, the National Center for Performance Measurement, is tasked with performance measurement of government entities

JEDDAH: In order to boost the health care sector and improve the performance of hospitals in Saudi Arabia, the Health Ministry is effectively pursuing the implementation of Adaa standards.
Adaa, the National Center for Performance Measurement, is tasked with performance measurement of government entities. It involves providing tools, frameworks and educational support, which enables better measurement and development.
The program features over 40 indicators to measure the performance of seven key therapeutic aspects including emergency, clinics, surgeries, hospitalization, intensive care, radiology and labs. The program also aims to develop the skills of health professionals and to enable them to effectively use these performance indicators.
The performance-monitoring agency was established in 2016. Adaa was created prior to the roll-out of Vision 2030 as a recommendation from the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA).


Saudi ministry’s medical unit tops drugs survey

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Saudi ministry’s medical unit tops drugs survey

  • Reporting drug side effects helps to protect patients through regular information updates monitored worldwide

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior’s General Administration of Medical Services topped the July 2020 list released by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority for hospitals and health centers that first reported drug side effects.

A total of 507 reports were submitted by General Administration of Medical Services, topping the list of hospitals and health centers that met drug safety standards by monitoring and reporting side effects of drugs.

The list included 59 hospitals and health centers, which submitted a combined 4,345 reports.

The General Administration of Medical Services uses an electronic system in its hospitals and health centers that includes drug information for health practitioners as well as warnings on side effects and possible adverse reactions.

This ensures the safety of patients — ministry employees and their families — and helps to monitor problems related to drug use.

Reporting drug side effects helps to protect patients through regular information updates monitored worldwide under the supervision of the World Health Organization (WHO).