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Al Jalila Children's Hospital forms alliance with Cerner


DUBAI, 8th October, 2016 (WAM) --- Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital, the first dedicated children's hospital in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, have entered into a strategic alignment dedicated to the health and care of children.

Al Jalila Children's and Cerner will put in place the unified Cerner Millennium® electronic health record (EHR) system in the 200-bed facility, and in dozens of ambulatory clinics. The venture was made possible through the support of the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), which has agreed to extend its EHR investment and infrastructure to Al Jalila Children's. The collaboration will further allow Cerner to establish an on-site team that will manage all aspects of the hospital's health IT system.

"The pediatric hospital's strategic alignment with Cerner is a stepping stone on its journey to become one of the top 10 children's hospitals in the world," said Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation. "As a global leader in health IT, Cerner provides intelligent solutions designed to aid the hospital's team of medical professionals in streamlining workflow to enhance the patient experience."

Located in the emirate of Dubai, Al Jalila Children's will be the first pediatric hospital of its kind in the UAE. The organization will establish six Centres of Excellence: Heart Centre, Kidney Centre, Child Mental Health Centre, Neurosciences Centre, Critical Care Centre, and Cancer and Blood Disorders Centre.

Al Jalila Children's is designed to be a pioneer in the region a "smart" hospital with advanced medical equipment and technology customized for pediatric patients. The new IT system will enable automation in medication management, laboratory services, as well as in-room communications, educational and informational programs. These technologies will help clinicians at Al Jalila Children's deliver proactive care and comfort for both children and families, and access patient information at the point of care.

"We chose Cerner to help us realise our vision, based on the proven success and presence that the company has experienced in the Middle East over the last 25 years," said Dr. Moza Ajaif Al Zaabi, CEO of Al Jalila Children's. "We are confident that Cerner will help us achieve our goal to be recognized as a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 facility in the next few years."

"Ultimately, our alignment melds together the talent and resources of Al Jalila Children's, Cerner and MoHAP to inspire a culture of innovation in the health and care of the paediatric population," said Dr. Al Zaabi.

Since 2008, MoHAP and Cerner have worked together to implement clinical information systems. With solutions based on the unified Cerner Millennium architecture, MoHAP has extended an integrated EHR and an online patient portal to individuals across the UAE.

"We look forward to helping clinicians at Al Jalila to provide greatly needed care for children in the region," said Michael Pomerance, vice president and managing director of Cerner Middle East and Africa. "It is a tremendous opportunity and an honor for Cerner to be part of this collaboration."

The new agreement will support the UAE's vision for a unified national database of patient medical records, called the National Unified Medical Record, where patients will have a corresponding record number to access facilities and consult doctors. With a strong IT foundation and robust services across the continuum of care, the country is working to extend services to children throughout the Middle East.

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