Sidra Medical and Research Center to Work with Cerner to Digitize Health Care in Qatar

July 12, 2011

DOHA, Qatar — July 12, 2011 — Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) and Cerner have come together to build one of the most technologically advanced health care facilities in the Middle East. Working with Cerner, Sidra will become the first hospital in Qatar, and one of very few in the Middle East, to have a fully integrated clinical information system, based on a foundation of international best practices and regulatory compliance support. The Cerner Millennium® platform will enable Sidra to store and communicate patient information among caregivers in all venues, enable clinical decision support, provide the foundation for research initiatives, and engage the patient consumers in their home.

Cerner’s electronic health record (EHR) will be the foundation of the health technology implementation. The hospital will integrate 60 Cerner® solutions, encompassing clinical, technical, administrative and research functions to support clinicians and hospital staff in providing world-class patient care and research.

“Fully digital operations are a key component of our commitment to creating an ultra modern facility where clinicians are empowered to provide the highest possible quality of care,” said Dan Bergin, Executive Project Director at Sidra. “Cerner’s experience in the region and the quality of their solutions will enable Sidra Medical and Research Center to provide a world class standard of patient care, as well as the highest standard of medical education and biomedical research.”

Cerner solutions automate processes in multiple departments, provide instant access to clinical information and integrate workflow with the patient’s EHR. The solutions digitize clinical communication, intensive care unit operations, clinician documentation, image management, pharmacy laboratory operations, medication administration processes, clinically-driven revenue cycle management, clinical research, capacity management, patient flow and surgery operations. Cerner solutions will also support health maintenance of patients in the patient home. From home, Sidra patients will have access to a number of self-service capabilities, including a personal health record, secure messaging with their clinicians and condition management tools.

Implementing Cerner solutions should benefit Sidra patients in a number of ways including:

  • Providing the highest standard of quality care: The use of standardized treatment guidelines promotes evidence-based, effective and consistent care for every patient while enabling quality improvement and operational efficiency.
  • Reducing the potential for transcription errors: All care is documented electronically, virtually eliminating the possibility of errors due to illegible handwriting.
  • Improving access to information: Clinicians and patients have instant access to patient information when and where they need it and no longer have to spend time searching or waiting for information.

By providing clinicians with access to medical best practices guidelines and ensuring that the right person has access to the right information at the right time, the Cerner system will help Sidra clinicians realize the hospital’s mission of addressing the growing need for more comprehensive patient-focused medical services for women and children in Qatar and throughout the region.

"This is a remarkable opportunity for Cerner to work with Sidra Medical and Research Center to develop the first fully digitized facility in Qatar,” said Greg White, vice president and managing director, Cerner Middle East, Africa and India. “Together, we will design an advanced health information system to enable Sidra to achieve its vision. We anticipate a long and mutually beneficial partnership with this flagship academic medical center.”

First announced in June 2004, Sidra represents the vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who are aiming to position Qatar as leaders in medical research, academic medical training, and health care in the Middle East. Sidra, the first academic medical center in the region, is being built at Qatar Foundation's 2,500-acre Education City campus. Initially, Sidra will have 400 beds available when it opens with built infrastructure to enable expansion to 550 beds in a subsequent phase.

About Cerner

Cerner is transforming health care by eliminating error, variance and waste for health care providers and consumers around the world. Cerner solutions optimize processes for health care organizations ranging in size from single-doctor practices, to health systems, to entire countries, for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, employer health and wellness services industry and for the health care commerce system. These solutions are licensed by approximately 9,000 facilities around the world, including more than 2,600 hospitals; 3,500 physician practices covering more than 30,000 physicians; 500 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; and 1,600 retail pharmacies. The trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, the “Marks”) set forth herein are owned by Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and certain other countries throughout the world. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, please visit www.cerner.com, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube .

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About Sidra

Sidra Medical and Research Center will be an ultra modern, all-digital academic medical center which is being designed and planned to the best international standards in health sciences. It will offer specialty care for women and children

Sidra Medical and Research Center Media Contact: Terry O‘Donovan, + 974-4404-2016, todonovan@sidra.org or Dean Trueman, dtrueman@sidra.org

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