February 2007

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Advanced Techno-care with Quality Medcare

Medcare Hospital, a new 90,000 sq feet multi-specialty hospital in the heart of New Dubai, will start functioning from mid-February of 2007. Of course, the hospital built with an investment of Rs. 120 crore, will provide advanced medical, surgical, emergency and maternity care services, but what is more news worthy is the fact that this hospital has gone for e-Health in a big way, with wireless Internet facility in all its patient's rooms. According to Dr. Azad Moopen, the Chairman of the hospital, it will be a paperless hospital with online imaging, investigation processing and prescribing facilities.
The hospital has tele-radiology enabled scanning and image transfer systems which will enable the doctors to read scans and X-rays online, even when they are at home or travelling. Not only that, the surgery rooms and conference hall of the Medcare Hospital are equipped with telemedicine facility, which will give the doctors of the hospital to do real time interaction with medical professionals around the world through video conferencing. It can be safely said that this multi-specialty hospital will facilitate to give an added thrust to the e-Health scenario of the Middle-East.

Malaysian hospital to upgrade its clinical information system

Integrated Medical Systems (IMS), a company based in the Australian state of Queensland, engaged in healthcare and laboratory software, has entered in to an e-Health deal with Hospital Universitit Kebansaan of Malaysia. The deal entails that IMS will provide their web-based Caring Hospital Enterprise System solution to upgrade the Hospital Universitit Kebansaan's existing clinical information system.

The upgraded system will provide a holistic e-Health solution, allowing doctors at the Malaysian hospital to place orders, review patients' medical history, order tests, examine clinical conditions, and provide medication, all timely, efficiently and through online. The ICT solutions of IMS will relieve the doctors of the administrative rigmaroles and paperwork, and allow him/her to focus their valuable time on the patients.  The new solution will plug in directly to the hospital's existing software to assist in a smooth transition for the hospital staff. However, it is not the first time that the IMS and Hospital Universitit Kebansaan of Malaysia have entered upon a partnership. IMS has previously provided solutions to the hospital to meet advanced technology needs of pathology, laboratory, blood, radiology and imaging departments.

KL Heart Care goes into the ICT mode

KL Heart Care, a Kuala Lumpur based state-of-the-art heart and cancer care center having the distinction of being a MSC status company, has recently entered upon   RM3milllion partnership with i-Tech Network Solutions. The partnership will see i-Tech Network Solutions providing IT infrastructure solutions and services for KL Heart Care's latest facilities in Kuala Lumpur. This project is scheduled to take off in the first quarter of 2007. 

According to Dr. Mohammad Rafiq, the CEO of KL Heart Care, the new facilities at KL Heart Care would provide screening facilities, x-ray facilities and mammography. The super-specialty hospital is expecting to have 50 to 100 users for its latest facilities on a daily basis. Among the users of its latest facilities, foreigners from ASEAN and Middle-East region are also expected. No wonder, KL Heart Care has also assistance from the Malaysian Tourism Ministry's special fund to promote health tourism. According to Rafiq, KL Heart Care is also exploring the possibility of partnering with a local university for the provision of radiology services. “In this facility, there would be one or two consulting specialists. The main crux of the services is to have medical notes for web-based health records for easy access,” he said.

Tieto Enator strengthens its Swedish presence

TietoEnator, which is the leading healthcare and welfare ICT solution provider in the Nordic region and one of the leading IT services providers in Europe, has entered into a strategic tie-up. Recently the conglomerate has acquired the entire share capital in the Swedish healthcare IT provider Provisio AB. The latter specializes in operating room information systems and has made a name for itself with its operation theatre solution named Anaesthesia EPR., which is fully integrated with OT and will be piloted by the University Hospital in Lund, Sweden. The agreement will see TietoEnator broaden its product portfolio and strengthen its position in the Swedish healthcare market. 

Says Jan B. Andersson, Head of Tieto Enator , Healthcare & Welfare in Sweden, “We expect this market segment to expand in the coming years, both in Sweden and internationally. By this acquisition, TietoEnator will strengthen and broaden its offering for operation room information systems.” Per Warg

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