HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award comes to Middle East

Winners are the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Saad Specialist Hospital in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Leaders of the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Saad Specialist Hospital receive the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award (Credit: Gabriel John Rimando)

As healthcare information technology accelerates in the Middle East, a major award has been extended to this region.

The HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award is the result of a long-standing partnership between HIMSS (the Health Information and Management Systems Society) and Elsevier. Previously held only in Asia, the award has expanded to the Middle East for the first time this year and will be held in Europe in 2016. Open to all public and private healthcare providers, it recognizes organizations for outstanding achievements in the implementation and use of health information and technology.

This year’s winners were the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) in the United Arab Emirates and Saad Specialist Hospital in Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The awards were presented in December during the HIMSS Middle East UAE eHealth Week.

The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s winning project was called Use of Automation for the Safe and Effective Management of Controlled Medications in UAE Quaternary Hospital.

The Judges

  • Dr. Mohammad Abdulqader Al Redha, Director, Health Data & Information Analysis Department, Non-Resident Fellow, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
  • Mubaraka Mubarak Ali Ibrahim, Director of Health Information Systems at the Ministry of Health, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Amer Sharif, Managing Director, Education, Dubai Healthcare City
  • John Daniels, Global Vice President, Healthcare Advisory Services Group, HIMSS Analytics
  • Shiraaz Joosub, Chief Executive Officer, Health-e-Solutions
  • Dr. Jonathan Teich, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Elsevier Clinical Solutions

The CCAD Department of Pharmacy partnered with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) to implement a new model for prescribing, storing, dispensing and documenting controlled medications. This model allows CCAD to safely and efficiently manage controlled medications through the use of its electronic health record (EHR) system and ADCs while complying with HAAD regulations. Automated dispensing cabinet (ADCs) offer a variety of benefits to the organization and users. These include meeting Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation requirements, giving nurses quick and controlled access to medications in patient care areas, ensuring greater control of medication charge capture, supporting security measures, and potentially influencing medication error rates and providing clinician support aimed at enhancing patient safety, including machine readable bar codes for medication selection and restocking and more. This project was the first endeavor of its kind in the country.

Saad Specialist Hospital’s winning project was Implementation of Inpatient Electronic Medication Orders & Electronic Medication Administration Record.

Most healthcare organizations opt for an off the-shelf hospital information system (HIS) and Electronic Medical Records System (EMR). Off-the-shelf HIS/EMR systems are expensive to purchase, customize, operate and maintain. These off the-shelf systems usually fail to meet all organization requirements because of their limited customizability. Saad HIS and EMR is built in-house to empower healthcare professionals at Saad Specialist Hospital (SSH) by giving them the necessary tools and information to make decisions critical to patient care on a timely manner. Saad EMR aims to gradually replace the paper-based operations with a user friendly system that is agile, scalable, accessible, compliant, interoperable and secure.

The two winners were selected from four finalists, which had been chosen from 10 projects nominated by the judges.

“The winners demonstrated quantifiable results showing how patients’ lives have been improved using technology as a key enabler,” said Gerrit Bos, Executive VP and Managing Director of Elsevier Middle East, Africa and Latin America (EMEALA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) Health. “I am delighted to be celebrating the firsts of many such achievements at the inaugural Middle East HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards.”

The runners-up were King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,for its project Health Maintenance – The Use of Patient and/or Population Health History to Prevent Illnesses and Promote Health and Tawam Hospital in Abu Dhabi for its project, Central Cancer Registry – SEHA.

Jeremy Bonfini, Executive VP of HIMSS International, explained that presenting this award with Elsevier is part of 'HIMSS’ vision to promote using IT for the betterment of healthcare.

The adoption of healthcare information technology has accelerated in this region over the last few years. At a national level, there are exciting plans which include the development of a national database of medical records.

Elsevier Connect Contributors

Katharina RennekeKatharina Renneke is Head of Institutional Marketing for Clinical Solutions EMEA/LA at Elsevier. She joined Elsevier Clinical Solutions in 2012 as Product Manager before joining the Segment Marketing team in 2014. Prior to that she was Marketing Consultant for GfK Healthcare where she managed international market research projects with major pharmaceutical companies. In her current role, which she holds since January 2015, she is responsible for managing the regional marketing strategy for the global B2B products. Together with the APAC marketing team she was responsible for extending the HIMSS-Elsevier award to EMEALA.

Katharina holds a BA in International Business from Paderborn University, Germany and an MSc in Marketing & Strategy from the University of Warwick, UK. She is based in Munich.
Nicole Mullikin
Nicole Mullikin is Head of Marketing Communications, Emerging Markets, and is responsible for pushing product awareness, positioning Elsevier brand and driving sales by creating and managing the execution of marketing plans for all segment products across EEMEA.

Prior to joining Elsevier, she held several marketing and communications management roles in companies related with healthcare – starting with a division of McKesson and moving to Eclipsys, Picis, Optum and Clariba – in the US, Europe and currently in the Middle East.

Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Arts from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. In addition to her extensive experience in marketing and communications, she brings relevant knowledge and expertise in pragmatic marketing.

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