Misys tackles Middle East clinical systems implementation
Misys Healthcare Systems has installed its Misys CPR electronic patient record (EPR) clinical information system at the Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs (NGHA).

NGHA is a multi-site healthcare facility that includes the King Fahad National Guard Hospital, a 691-bed facility that is part of the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh. King Fahad Hospital boasts the largest trauma center in the Gulf Region, a major cardiac care center, a leading ambulatory care center and four large primary-care clinics. NGHA also has hospitals and primary-care centers in Al Khobar in the Eastern Province and Jeddah in the Western Province.

In the first phase of the project, NGHA has replaced its existing system with a fully automated, enterprise-wide EPR. The system is used by more than 3,500 clinicians and managers across multiple departments in six hospitals. The functions implemented include medical records, patient scheduling, order results management, medical imaging, nursing, patient administration, and an interface to NGHA's existing lab system, said Misys.

Misys Data Warehouse, an online outcomes measurement tools for critical data analysis to develop the necessary repository of information for outcomes-based clinical decision making, is due to go live next month, followed by Misys CPR's integrated Pharmacy module in December, said Misys.

The next phase of the project will see the implementation of Misys' Enhanced Nursing, Emergency Medicine, Clinical Pathways, Misys Media Manager, Enhanced Medical Records (including transcription), and Respiratory Care. NGHA intends to extend the system to National Guard facilities in Jeddah and Al Khobar in early 2005, according to Misys.