This seamless integration marks another milestone for better care delivery in Qatarby Oracle Cerner—June 20, 2023
Qatar Biobank (QBB), created to help scientists conduct medical research, is now integrated with Oracle Cerner’s electronic health record system (EHR), which is deployed as the clinical information system (CIS) at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). By fully integrating with the EHR, clinical and administrative systems—including laboratories – QBB has been able to create a more seamless experience for its scientists working on medical research and studies. QBB can now contribute more to the advancement of healthcare and achieving Qatar’s Vision 2030, a comprehensive world-class healthcare system that is universally accessible to the Qatari population, including high-quality research and excellence in care delivery.
Dr. Nahla Afifi Director of Qatar Biobank, commented, “We are thrilled to have integrated with Oracle Cerner’s EHR at HMC, as this will greatly improve our ability to deliver high-quality healthcare services and conduct medical research in Qatar. The new system not only facilitates patient referrals between Qatar Biobank, HMC, and Primary Health Care Corporation, but also enhances the delivery of healthcare services across Qatar.”
Serving as a technical expert, Oracle Cerner helped implement the new interface over a period of approximately four months. The integration will help researchers access comprehensive participant data all in one place, accelerate research, and help QBB drive medical advancements and improve healthcare outcomes for the people of Qatar. The streamlined approach reduces transactional errors, creates a single health record, and supports near real-time turnarounds for transmitting and retrieving records and research. It also allows QBB participants to place orders in a simpler and safer way with data accuracy and integrity.
Dr. Ahmed Jenaid S. Omar, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at HMC, said this work supported the Corporation’s performance optimization efforts: “This technological integration allows us to streamline workflows and processes, which supports better patient care as well as operational systems efficiencies.”
Previously, QBB had a separate, standalone system from HMC for instances such as appointments and labs. Having separate systems required QBB staff to retrieve results from HMC’s CIS before uploading the relevant information to QBB’s EHR when its scientists conducted medical studies. This process caused delays and required additional time to get results. It also required double record-keeping across both organizations and led to long wait times for findings to be communicated to QBB.
“By establishing a national repository of biological samples and health records, QBB is accelerating research,” said Akram Sami, vice president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Oracle Health. “This integration with HMC’s Oracle Cerner EHR helps power scientific discovery by making it easier for QBB’s researchers to access patient information while increasing data accuracy and reducing time spent on redundant manual processes.”
QBB will continue to monitor and optimize the way in which records are placed and results are retrieved. This project has introduced a remarkable shift in QBB’s organizational goals as it supports HMC on its journey toward delivering an even better care experience through its collaboration with Oracle Health.
Since 2012, HMC has helped support an integrated delivery of care across Qatar’s public healthcare sector, also linking in the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) facilities. The adoption of the CIS has helped HMC to further expand and enhance electronic health services to the community and deliver a better patient experience.
Qatar Biobank, a long-term health initiative, was launched by Qatar to reduce the number of chronic illnesses in the population and improve the health of future generations through medical research on the causes of prevalent illnesses. This is done by gathering biological samples and information on the health and lifestyle of Qatar’s people.
In the next few years, research based on the samples and information gathered by Qatar Biobank will reveal the effect of lifestyle, environment and genetics on Qatari population. I will also provide insight into the reasons why certain individuals develop specific illnesses. Qatar Biobank is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and works in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Hamad Medical Corporation.
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East. HMC manages 15 hospitals well as the National Ambulance Service and home and residential care services. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing population, HMC has announced ambitious plans to expand capacity across its network through to 2030. HMC is leading the development of the region’s first academic health system—combining innovative research, top-class education and excellent clinical care—and is committed to building a legacy of healthcare expertise in Qatar. HMC is also the first hospital system in the Middle East to achieve institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education – International (ACGME-I).
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