Saudi Arabia has launched the largest healthcare technology project of its kind in the Gulf Cooperation Council, a union involving Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The five-year project is designed to transform the healthcare delivery in the Saudi Arabia, and will integrate more than 300 hospitals across the country.

Apart from implementing interoperable electronic health records, the project will also address health system management, cost containment, quality of care and research needs.

Dr Mohammed Alyemeni, adviser to Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health, said that the project would build on the eHealth advancements from many developed countries, and will enable the country to provide a new generation of healthcare services.