Royal Philips teams up with the Saudi Ministry of Health to provide a cardiovascular information system across the kingdom
Royal Philips, a global health technology firm, has announced it has teamed with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Saudi Arabia to provide a cardiovascular information system (CVIS) across multiple facilities.
Patient medical information will be available on demand at the point of care in each one of the connected hospitals to help improve quality access to cardiology care managed by a network of specialists.
The Taji project will be implemented in the cities of Makkah, Jeddah, Al Hafouf, Qaseem, Jizan, Najran, Dammam and Arar.
The Philips CVIS includes advanced software technology and image analysis to simplify cardiovascular data management for cardiology departments to work more efficiently and accurately, a statement said.
The move comes as World Health Organisation figures show cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally and are also highly prevalent in Saudi Arabia.
By integrating disparate cardiology systems in MOH cardiac centres around the kingdom, the Philips CVIS can help reduce data entry, simplify access to test results generated in other departments, and make it easier, to acquire, analyze and share patient data.
“With a dedicated Healthcare IT clinical informatics team and leadership in connected care, Philips brings a wealth of experience into the cardiology program of the MOH,” said Ozlem Fidanci, market leader Middle East & Turkey at Philips.
“This collaboration named as Project Taji, marks a significant step by the Ministry of Health towards Saudi vision 2030 and the elevation of cardiology services across Saudi Arabia.”
Dr Ahmed Balkhair, advisor to the vice minister and the general supervisor of e-health programs and IT, added: “The primary use of telecardiology is to support primary care practitioners in the area of correct diagnosis, thus empowering them to manage cardiac patients with increased confidence. It also improves the clinical training of the average practitioner, by increasing the clinician’s level of knowledge at primary level. This will equip GPs to offer better care and improve the overall healthcare system.”
Philips began its journey in Saudi Arabia as an early innovator bringing cardiovascular information systems to Riyadh in 1999.