Sidra to take part in HIMMS Qatar educational meet and IT expo

 06 Dec 2017 - 10:02

Sidra to take part in HIMMS Qatar educational meet and IT expo

The Peninsula

Sidra Medicine, a member of the Qatar Foundation and Qatar’s new hospital for children, young people, and women, will be taking part in the ‘HIMSS Qatar Educational Conference and Health IT Exhibition.’

The exhibition, will take place in Doha from tomorrow to Saturday and focus on improving health care provision through information technology. It is being jointly organised by HIMSS and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in partnership with Sidra Medicine and Primary Healthcare Corporation (PHCC), under the patronage of Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health. 

Sidra Medicine, will also be the recipient of a HIMMS 6 certificate during a separate ceremony tomorrow. This is following its official designation as a HIMSS Analytics EMRAMSM 6 facility earlier this year.

The Sidra Medicine Outpatient Clinic (OPC) earned the recognition for using electronic medical records and other supporting technologies to enhance the quality of care provided to patients and families at the Sidra Medicine OPC.

“This is the first time a HIMSS event is being held in Qatar, as a testament to the massive national health care system transformation that is underway in the country. The participation of key operators in Qatar’s health care space will help create a robust platform for experts in medical informatics from Qatar and around the world to share learnings and find creative ways of overcoming challenges that emerge. We are very pleased to partner with HMC and PHCC to showcase how we are working together to advance and strengthen Qatar’s health care network,” said Dr Khalid Alyafei, Chief of Medical Informatics at Sidra Medicine.

Sidra Medicine speakers will discuss topics ranging from clinical informatics to disruptions in innovation. In addition to Dr Alyafei, who will be discussing the challenges in Electronic Medical Record (EMR) implementations, Sidra Medicine speakers include Executive Chair of Foundation Medical Services, Dr Deepak Kaura and Dr. Avez Rizvi, Acting Vice Chief of Medical Informatics who will discuss better patient care solutions. 

Sidra Medicine is at the forefront of developing customised applications to deal with the specific needs of its patients, significantly improving patient experience. Most recently, Sidra Medicine teams implemented the Whitespace Demand and Capacity Model and Scorecard apps which help reduce appointment wait times and improve doctor compliance with best practice protocols respectively. This is in addition to the launch of its Saffara application to help reduce wait times at its four pharmacies.

“The technology at Sidra Medicine is designed to be in line with our ethos of providing patient and family focused care. Very few hospitals in the world can claim the level of integration the Sidra Medicine OPC has achieved. We have customised our technologies, systems and processes to help our physicians treat patients in the best possible manner. With the current systems in place, our physicians can be alerted about unusual patterns in behaviour or prescriptions that may be not be suitable for the patient. The ultimate goal of all our technology implementations is to ensure patient safety and minimize human error,” said Dr. Khalid Alyafei.

To register and find out more about sessions taking place and the conference, health informatics professionals can visit: