Cerner Middle East & Africa celebrated the eighth edition of its annual Achievement and Innovation Awards by honoring clients across the region for their most rewarding health care technology adoptions in four categories: User Experience, Patient Experience, Financial Outcomes and Health Outcomes.
To reflect the changing dynamics in the health care industry, Cerner created four new award categories this year to acknowledge their clients’ innovative use of technology over the past 12 months for achieving outstanding patient outcomes and further advancing the quality of health care information technology systems.
“The quality of entries received for the 2019 Achievement and Innovation Awards was remarkable. It clearly shows the diversity of projects and expertise highlighting the progress our clients are accomplishing to transform health care and connecting everything that matters to the patient,” said Bachir Awad, vice president and managing director, Cerner Middle East & Africa. “We look forward to continuing the journey of advancing health care together with our visionary client leadership.”
During the annual Cerner Middle East Collaboration Forum at Le Meridien Hotel & Conference Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the top three shortlisted nominees for each award category presented on their successes. After the presentations, the audience voted to select a winner in each category and winners were announced during the forum’s awards ceremony.
Healthpoint was recognized with the Achievement and Innovation in User Experience award for its work related to ‘Bariatric Pathways.’ The award-winning Bariatric Department digitized their entire patient journey using Cerner’s care plans. Implementing a standard pathway resulted in direct savings in clinical time and improved quality of patient treatment.
Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital was awarded the Achievement and Innovation in Patient Experience award for its project ‘Meds to Beds – Leveraging EMR Data for Improving Patient Care Delivery.’ This project highlights an important service wherein discharge outpatient prescriptions are delivered to the patient’s bedside before discharge. This personal service allows patients and their parents to receive counseling from pharmacists in the comfort of their hospital room.
UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention was granted the Achievement and Innovation in Health Outcomes award for their project ‘Leveraging EMR to Launch Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Screening for Newborns.’ The project utilizes a broad spectrum of functionality with appropriate training and communication to ensure all newborns with CCHD are detected before leaving the hospital and receive critical interventions in a timely manner.
Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) in UAE and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Saudi Arabia were both announced as winners of the Achievement in Financial Outcomes award. The SEHA ‘Nursing Documentation and Revenue’ project was awarded for their innovation in enhancing nursing documentation, establishing the nursing informatics specialty training and competencies, as well as restructuring the informatics committee to improve the clinical documentation. The KFSH&RC ‘Influence of Integration on Enterprise Cost’ project was recognized for the best use of technology to drive down costs and turnaround time by integrating different medical departments such as ICU, anesthesia, lab, radiology and respiratory.
“We would like to thank our clients for their nominations and for giving us the opportunity to share their success stories, which help foster more knowledge exchange among health care professionals,” added Awad. “We are honored to play our part in facilitating the exchange of ideas and showcasing the achievements being made in defining the next era of health care.”
The annual Cerner Middle East Collaboration Forum is a three-day knowledge-sharing event designed for Cerner Middle East & Africa client health care leaders, clinicians and IT professionals. The event highlights the latest developments in regional health care. More than 350 senior health care representatives from various organizations, hospitals and ministries attended this year.