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How data and tech advancements enabled innovation in the Middle East

From AI to educating future medical professionals

by Oracle Cerner

Published on 8/22/2022
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In this episode – recorded at Oracle Cerner Middle East and Africa Collaboration Forum 2022 – an expert panel, hosted by Dr. Mohamed AlRayyes, Oracle Cerner, addresses how recent advancements in data and technology, from the clinical level to the system level, have enabled health care innovation across the Middle East.


  • Engineer Azzam Al Amro, chief information officer, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Saudi Arabia

  • Dr. Mohammed AlHamid, director, Center of Healthcare Intelligence, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Saudi Arabia

  • Dr. Siddiq Anwar, consultant physician and clinical associate professor of medicine, Sheikh Shahkbout Medical City and Khalifa University, UAE

  • Dr. Ali Latif, executive director, planning and performance, Hamid Medical Corporation, Qatar

  • Dr. Mohamed AlRayyes, lead physician executive and acting medical director, Oracle Cerner

Here are the topics they discuss:

  • We see a strong pipeline of healthcare intelligence projects coming out of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. How are you using the data and what results are you seeing? What is driving your organization to embark on such data-based innovations? (Dr. Mohammed AlHamid responds 2:34, 6:00)

  • You have recently gone live with your new EMR system (RABET), how have you approached the set-up of your analytics function in support of your organizational operations? (Engineer Azzam Al Amro responds 7:50)

  • Since the pandemic, like the majority of healthcare organizations, the pace of Hamad Medical Corporation analytics innovations has been increasing significantly. What is the role of having the right core team with the right core skills to support such innovations? (Dr. Ali Latif responds 9:56)

  • As a clinician, you have been involved in multiple data-based innovations over the years. What are your views on the role clinicians and end-user of data in driving such pace of innovations? How do we get more physicians involved in pushing this forward? (Dr. Siddiq Anwar responds 13:02, 16:38)

  • What is your vision for data-based innovations in the region? What do we all need to do, collectively and as individual organizations, to take better advantage of the available technologies and healthcare data? (18:06)

Notable quotes:

"We didn’t look at the data as something we want to describe, analyze, and bring up as a dashboard. We wanted to humanize the data. We wanted to understand the dimensions that weren’t showing in the vital signs and lab results—we wanted to know how they felt when they came to the operating room." – Dr. Mohammed AlHamid
"The physicians of the future will not be evaluated on doing a great procedure but on bringing good and value for the organization." – Dr. Siddiq Anwar
"It’d be nice if we stopped talking about data analytics as if it was something special. It should be something like the lighting. It just works. It should be meaningful and seamless. We should be able to use it in our daily life without being able to consciously think, 'Ah, that’s data analytics.'" – Dr. Ali Latif
"We spent around three years deploying a powerful EMR system and we identified our KPIs, reporting mechanisms and the teams. By using the new EMR and business intelligence tools, it is important that everyone understands and utilizes the data to enhance their day-to-day jobs." – Engineer Azzam Al Amro