Posted on March 09, 2016

The Clinical Information System (CIS) is going live at the Bone and Joint Center (BJC), part of Hamad Medical Corporation, on Sunday, 13 March. The Center will replace their existing paper patient clinical records system with a new electronic CIS. This is part of a planned roll out across Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Healthcare Corporation (PHCC). Once the CIS implementation is complete, all patient records will be stored and accessed electronically across the two organizations. This roll-out follows the successful CIS implementation in seven HMC hospitals, some Pediatric Emergency Centers, some Dialysis Centers and a number of PHCC Health Centers across the country.

The CIS is a comprehensive system-wide implementation that has been designed in collaboration with clinicians. As this is such a large project, we expect that there will be a period of transition, during which, staff and patients will adjust to the new system. Staff will need to gather more information from patients in order to register them in the new system and this may mean that appointments take a little longer than usual. Dr. Mohammed Al Ateeq, Medical Director of the Bone and Joint Center, said: “My team and I are excited about the implementation of the CIS system, which will standardize processes and provide the best and safest patient care that we aspire for and are always working to achieve.”

The importance of an electronic medical records system was set out in the National Health Strategy for Qatar, launched in 2011. To address this new national strategy, HMC and PHCC launched the CIS program in 2012, which is one of the most ambitious and important programs for the organizations’ future.