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King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is first Saudi Ministry of Health hospital to achieve this global recognition for use of health informatics

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (17 December 2014)– King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) has achieved Stage 6 on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). HIMSS’ independent validation recognizes that the hospital meets all of the criteria for a Stage 6 hospital in the deployment and use of clinical information technology and advanced safety features to further enhance the quality of patient care.

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is the first Saudi Ministry of Health hospital to achieve this global recognition, which reflects the vision and drive of the Ministry of Health to adopt the latest technology to provide world-class healthcare to the patients in the Kingdom. Achieving HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 places KKESH among the elite hospitals that have successfully deployed this level of healthcare information technology, among more than 7,500 hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics globally.

“King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital has implemented full, mandated Computerized Physician Order Entry and electronic clinical documentation for both nurses and physicians. As a result, virtually all clinical orders are being placed electronically, and most clinical documentation is in electronic format – often in structured format,” said Uwe Buddrus, Senior Consultant at HIMSS Analytics.

HIMSS Analytics developed EMRAM in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the goal of reaching Stage 7, the most advanced electronic patient record environment.

Commenting on this achievement, Dr. Abdul-Elah Al-Towerki, General Executive Director at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, stated,“We are honored to be recognized by HIMSS as a Stage 6 hospital.  Reaching such a world-class standard is a direct result of continuous support from the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health, which enables us to provide quality tertiary ophthalmic care to our patients.”

“At King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, we are proud of adopting the latest healthcare technology. We worked with InterSystems to deploy advanced clinical capabilities in the TrakCare system that are known to improve quality of care and patient safety. We have implemented the Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) functionality, supported by clinical decision support, to offer best practice and evidence-based clinical guidance to our physicians. We have also applied the online Physician and Nursing Documentation, including structured forms for the different ophthalmology sub specialities. By using Closed Loop Medication Administration with bar codes, we can verify the application of the Five Rights of Medication Administration,” added Mr. Amar Hijazi, Director of Information Technology at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital.

“We are proud that King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital has achieved this prestigious recognition from HIMSS. KKESH deployed the InterSystems TrakCare®unified health information system in record time, and achieved HIMSS Stage 6 just five months after the go-live.  This shows the excellent teamwork between KKESH and InterSystems. Most importantly, it is a proof of the extraordinary dedication of the KKESH management to further enhance the quality of patient care and clinical outcomes at the hospital,” said Michel Amous, Country Manager for the Middle East at InterSystems.

The Stage 6 Award Ceremony is taking place at the HIMSS Middle East Integrated Health Innovations Conference & Exhibition on 17 December, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton (DIFC) Hotel in Dubai.

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About King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH)is a tertiary care ophthalmic facility operated by the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The hospital provides quality tertiary ophthalmic care to the patients it serves and promotes the delivery of Kingdom-wide ophthalmic care through its outreach, educational, and research programs. For more than three decades, KKESH has been recognized for excellence in its delivery of ophthalmic patient care, for its strong educational and international research programs (including continuing medical education seminars and symposia and training of ophthalmology residents and subspecialty fellows and other allied healthcare professionals).

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About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms. Visit for more information.