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February 12, 2012

Survey shows most Dubai hospitals yet to go paperless

A recent Dubai Health Authority and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey has found that most Dubai hospitals are yet to adopt a paperless environment.

A recent Dubai Health Authority and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey has found that most Dubai hospitals are yet to adopt a paperless environment.

The survey, which was carried out for the first time in the Middle East, aimed to determine the electronic efficiency of hospitals in the emirate.

The Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) survey involved 21 private and four public hospitals in Dubai and was used to determine to what extent they use digital technology.

The EMRAM model uses a zero-to-seven stage scale to rate hospitals based on the extent they have adopted a paperless, digital system. Stage seven indicates that the hospital is paperless and digital.

Acting director of the health data and information analysis department, health policy and strategy sector, Dr Mohammad Al Redha, told the KhaleejTimes that introducing electronic information systems helps doctors to respond to investigation results immediately, enabling patients to be treated sooner.

He commented, "Our results showed that 23 hospitals in Dubai (39.1%) are at the beginning of their EMR journey at stage one. Another 30.4% are at stage two. Few hospitals are at stages three and four. However, no hospital was awarded stage five, six or seven. More than a fifth of the hospitals in Dubai (21.7%) are not on an electronic medical records track."

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