Saudi Arabia Health Care System Receives Coveted Excellence in Electronic Health Records Award

RESTON, Va. QuadraMed® Corporation, a leading provider of healthcare technologies and services today announced that Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs (SANG-HA), a leading healthcare provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, received the prestigious Excellence in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Award at the 2010 Arab Health Awards in Dubai, UAE, with QuadraMed CPR (QCPR™).

The Arab Health Exhibition and Congress is the leading healthcare exhibition in the Middle East and the second largest in the world. More than 2,500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from 65 countries attend the four-day annual event in Dubai. The Excellence in Electronic Health Records Award is given to the healthcare provider that makes the most innovative use of EHR to reduce medical errors; improve quality and safety; increase efficiency, and enhance interoperability throughout the continuum of care.

The honor was bestowed on SANG-HA for making the greatest advancement in development of electronic health records in their facility. This was achieved through the utilization of QCPR at its King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) in Riyadh and the application’s expansion to two Eastern Region hospitals, Al Imam Abdulaziz bin Faisal Hospital in Dammam and King Abdulaziz Hospital in Al Hasa, as well as their primary healthcare centers.

The 1,000-bed academic medical center is the flagship facility of SANG-HA’s extensive network of teaching hospitals and ambulatory-care clinics, which serve National Guard members and dependents, as well as Saudi nationals who need tertiary care. SANG-HA has also contracted with QuadraMed to install its electronic health record at 12 outpatient clinics across Saudi Arabia. Four ambulatory care sites affiliated with KAMC have already implemented QCPR. QuadraMed’s CPR solution paves the way to a unified patient EHR across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia linking a dispersed patient population to a single National Guard enterprise patient number.

“QuadraMed applauds Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs for this distinguished award. We are honored to provide SANG-HA with the technology enabling this achievement,” said Duncan W. James, president and CEO of QuadraMed. “We look forward to continuing our close collaboration as we implement QCPR at other SANG-HA facilities.”

“The Arab Health Awards are the region’s most coveted awards in the healthcare industry and are part of the Middle East’s largest gathering of medical professionals and practitioners,” said Bandar Al Knawy, M.D., CEO of Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs. “On behalf of our organization, I congratulate Dr. Majid Al Tuwaijri, executive director of Information Systems and Informatics Division, and Mohammed Al Musalam, director of CIMS, for their excellent implementation and innovative development of QCPR to deliver accurate and high-quality patient care.”

Commented Dr. Al Tuwaijri, “The successful implementation of this project has brought us closer to achieving our goal of higher quality patient care made possible with a single patient electronic medical record and the proper utilization of the best information technology system across our Kingdom.”

About Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs

Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs (SANG-HA) is a network of four teaching hospitals and more than 60 outpatient clinics that serve National Guard members and dependents and also provide tertiary care to all Saudi Nationals in need. King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh is the only Level One trauma center in Saudi Arabia and is considered among the best outside of the United States. SANG-HA’s goal is to become the leading healthcare facility in the Middle East, as well as a globally recognized healthcare system with outstanding clinical services, high quality medical education and cutting-edge research.