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Cerner to Provide Academic Education Solution to Higher College of Technology


 Donation is part of Cerner's commitment to quality education for future healthcare providers

Abu Dhabi, UAE and KANSAS CITY, Mo. — May 25, 2010 — To better prepare future healthcare Emiratis for job success in the new era of digitized healthcare environments, the Higher College of Technology will implement the Cerner Academic Education Solution (AES).

The Cerner AES incorporates health information technology (HIT) into the college’s curriculum and prepares students for success in digital healthcare by building a proficiency in HIT before they enter the workforce. Cerner will provide the solution for the next three years to improve adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) in the U.A.E. Currently, six of the seven U.A.E. emirates have health systems using Cerner® solutions to standardize care and increase patient safety by driving variance of practice out of the system.

“This very important partnership with Cerner, a leader in its field of healthcare solutions, again shows the standing of the HCT’s health science programs, which are aimed to produce highly qualified and work-ready graduates able to meet the challenges and needs of the UAE,” said HCT Vice Chancellor Dr Tayeb Kamali.

More than 600 students and 70 staff at the Higher Colleges of Technology will use the Cerner AES to integrate informatics into curricula with real EHR experience. The Cerner AES is the only full clinical information system adapted to support healthcare curricula and classroom instruction. Institutions can use the Cerner AES to simulate patient scenarios through case studies to support course objectives, teaching and learning. Student clinicians can work through every area of patient assessment, care planning, reviewing and documenting patient information and monitoring outcomes as they would in a real-world setting. Key educational benefits for students using the AES include:

  • Increased proficiency in HIT -- skills will be easily applied to future jobs after graduation because of students’ previous exposure to EHRs and clinical workflows;
  • Improved decision making capabilities -- embedded knowledge and support tools are built into the solution, for example, links to research on the Web to support evidence based care decisions;
  • Strengthened clinical knowledge -- real world scenarios that guide students in developing critical thinking skills and building their medical terminology vocabulary; and
  • Increased preparedness -- educational curricula evolves so that each generation is well prepared to enter the electronic paperless workplace already having been exposed to the latest technology.

“Improving education and the health of the residents of the U.A.E. through the use of technology are core elements of the mission of the government of the U.A.E. and Cerner,” said Rich Berner, vice president and general manager Cerner Middle East. “We are pleased to partner with the Higher College of Technology and provide this solution as we believe our AES solution will help healthcare providers, future clinicians and Cerner achieve our collective mission in the U.A.E.”

About Cerner
Cerner is transforming healthcare by eliminating error, variance and waste for healthcare providers and consumers around the world. Cerner® solutions optimize processes for healthcare organizations ranging in size from single-doctor practices, to health systems, to entire countries, for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and for the healthcare commerce system. These solutions are licensed by more than 8,500 facilities around the world, including approximately 2,300 hospitals; 3,400 physician practices covering more than 30,000 physicians; 600 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 700 home-health facilities; and 1,500 retail pharmacies. The trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, the “Marks”) set forth herein are registered and unregistered trademarks and/or service marks 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 our website at

About Health Sciences at the Higher Colleges of Technology
Health Sciences is emerging as one of the UAE's largest growth areas. The Higher Colleges of Technology offer a broad range of Health Sciences programs at Diploma, Higher Diploma and Bachelor Degree levels, all designed to the provide graduates with the skills they need to succeed in this challenging and rewarding field.

Student learning takes place in classrooms, laboratories, clinics and hospital settings where training covers the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours expected of a modern health sciences professional.

The HCT Health Sciences programs and courses are designed to meet the highest academic and industry standards so graduates are highly sought after by employers. Health Sciences graduates can expect to work in a number of different areas including hospitals, government, laboratories, education and a large range of private and semi-private health-related organizations.

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