Posted on May 01, 2016

Patients records at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) will move to a new state-of-the-art electronic system – the Clinical Information System (CIS) on 6 May. The CIS 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.

Dr. Yousef Al Maslamani, Medical Director of HGH, said this new system has real benefits for patients. “It means clinicians can spend more time with each patient and less time on paperwork and it will also reduce errors in transcription,” Dr. Maslamani said. “The CIS will help clinicians and healthcare providers to access a patient’s healthcare history, prescription information, clinical notes and other important information electronically.”

This roll-out follows the successful CIS implementation in seven HMC hospitals, Pediatric Emergency Centers, Dialysis Centers, Bone and Joint Center 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; staff will need to gather more information from patients in order to register them in the new system and this may mean that first appointments take a little longer than usual.

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.