The demonstration was held at the Prince Hamzah Hospital, highlighting its VistA open source clinical and health care information management system and the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Similar technology systems will also be implemented at the Amman Comprehensive Clinic and King Hussein Cancer Center, as part of the pilot health care transformation programme for Jordan announced in December, 2008.
quot;Today we can see the launch of King Abdullah II's vision of health care modernization across the Kingdom of Jordan, which will provide for the highest quality of health care available for our people", stated Dr. Rami Farraj, Chairman of Electronic Health Solutions and Private Physician of His Majesty the King. "The new technology will provide a seamless journey of care for patients through our health care system, from doctors' offices to clinics to hospitals. This is an historic moment for health care in Jordan."
Jordan is recognized for its high standards of health care in the region as well as its rapidly growing IT sector. King Abdullah II's vision is to continue to build on these successes by establishing an effective, integrated national health care infrastructure using a single software platform. This project goes hand in hand with building an educational programme around VistA's technical and clinical processes with the goal of allowing Jordan to become self-sustainable in managing its health management information system and enabling it to take this offering to their neighbours in the region.
"Today's pilot in Jordan, to provide a modernized, integrated health care system across the country, may well become the pilot for the rest of the region. Learning from Perot Systems' past experiences, we have been able to avoid many of the pitfalls, as we blend the best of technology and the best of medicine for the benefit of our people", stated Mr. Ghassan Al-Lahham, chief executive officer of Electronic Health Solutions.
During the event the Hakeem programme team provided an update of what has been accomplished since the project started late last year, and the "proof of concept" demonstrations of how the system works. Specifically, the team highlighted system functionality, including a graphic user interface developed specifically for the Hakeem programme; electronic medical records showing the holistic electronic patient record which clinicians will access daily; interaction between the different modules of the system in different departments including lab, pharmacy, radiology and imaging; and Barcode Medication Administration (BCMA) to improve patient care and safety.
"Perot Systems has been proud to support the Kingdom of Jordan for 10 months and be part of the Hakeem team to help make the vision of Jordan's health care transformation a reality", stated Raj Asava, chief strategy officer for Perot Systems. "Our dedicated associates, with extensive experience in large complex projects, have been able to make the vision of an integrated health care technology system a reality for the Kingdom of Jordan. We look forward to contributing to the Hakeem programme as it prepares to roll out to the rest of the country."
Speakers at the Prince Hamzah Hospital event included Dr. Nayef AL-Fayez, Minister of Health, Dr. Rami Farraj, Chairman of Electronic Health Solutions, and Ghassan Al Lahham, CEO of Electronic Health solutions. Following the speakers, His Majesty and a small entourage toured the Clinic for live demonstrations.
"From the outset this project has been one of the most exciting clinical transformation initiatives in which we have participated globally. His Majesty's vision is serving as a cornerstone for how nations can work together to meet the needs of people, not only across the region but throughout the world", stated Dr. Kevin Fickenscher, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Perot Systems Healthcare Group. "Utilizing the VistA Electronic Health Record and a vast array of customized technology solutions, the implementation should deliver improved clinical outcomes for the citizens of Jordan."
Electronic Health Solutions is the non-profit Jordanian company responsible for national IT development.
Perot Systems Corporation has also entered into an agreement with China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom) in which the two companies intend to work together to deliver enhanced information technology (IT) solutions for the health care industry in China.
"Perot Systems and China Telecom have agreed to develop and go to market with an e-health platform and IT services that support the advancement of health care across China", stated Peter Altabef, Perot Systems president and chief executive officer who met with China Telecom officials in Beijing. "We appreciate the close relationship we have developed with China Telecom over the past two years and look forward to a productive collaboration that benefits both health care providers and consumers."
Perot Systems plans to provide a variety of consulting, management, supervision, implementation, and technical services, while China Telecom delivers essential network resources and support. "By combining our leading-edge technology, data-centre methodology, and deep industry knowledge with China Telecom's network and data-centre operations, the companies can create and deliver transformational IT solutions to health care providers", stated Chuck Lyles, president of the Perot Systems Healthcare group.
"China Telecom values our relationship with Perot Systems, and this agreement is an important milestone to contribute to health care reform in China. We are looking forward to jointly achieving success", stated China Telecom's president, Shang Bing.
"We are glad to see two top companies in their own fields, namely China Telecom, the world's largest telecommunications company, and Perot Systems, a leading company in health care IT, forming a powerful strategic alliance with their complementary strengths", stated Rao Keqin, the Ministry of Health's director of the Center for Health Statistics and Information and executive director of national health care IT reform. "We are even more pleased to see that both companies have the same goal, which is to optimize technology under the Ministry of Health's guidelines for health care reform, to help the Chinese people and hospitals."
Perot Systems is currently the leading international vendor that is recognized for providing technology solutions that meet China's national standards. In July 2009, Perot Systems announced an agreement with the Hunan Provincial Government through which the company intends to provide IT consulting services for health care organisations and public health initiatives throughout the province.
"It is exciting to be part of the great vision and determination of the leaders of Changsha city to upgrade health care information technology services, with the goal of improving the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of care in the city. We applaud their approach to the country's increasing focus on health care", stated Peter Altabef, the President and Chief Executive Officer for Perot Systems, who attended the agreement-signing ceremony in Changsha. "Through our work with the Ministry of Health on national standard guidelines, the agreement between Changsha and Perot Systems can establish a blueprint that can guide and support the deployment of regional health IT platforms and digital hospitals in other provinces and cities throughout China."
"Our global health care team is working closely with Changsha officials to build a Regional Health Information Platform that enhances health care services", stated Chuck Lyles, president of Perot Systems Healthcare. "The city of Changsha is leading the way in utilizing technology to ensure that health care providers have the tools they need to effectively and efficiently care for their patients."
"As a leader in providing health care IT services to organisations throughout the world, we are very excited to take our expertise to China and help Changsha build their Regional Health Information Platform", stated Ben Zhou, M.D., director of Perot Systems Healthcare China and Asia Pacific. "We are proud to support Changsha as it works to become a pilot city for best practices related to national health care reform."
Using a proven methodology based on the people, processes and technology health care organisations need to succeed, Perot Systems is an integrator of Tier I clinical systems. Serving a multitude of hospitals worldwide, including more than 1000 in the United States, Perot Systems is ranked number 1 for professional services in North American Healthcare by Gartner - based on 2008 revenue - and is rated "Best in KLAS for Clinical Implementation-Principal" by the prestigious KLAS awards for professional services firms. Perot Systems supports thousands of physicians in hospitals, as well as more than 30.000 in physician groups, and has managed, recovered, and resolved billions of dollars for clients through more than 400 revenue cycle engagements.
Perot Systems is a worldwide provider of information technology services and business solutions. Through its flexible and collaborative approach, Perot Systems integrates expertise from across the company to deliver custom solutions that enable clients to accelerate growth, streamline operations and create new levels of customer value. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Perot Systems reported 2008 revenue of $2,8 billion. The company has more than 23.000 associates located in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. More company news is available in the VMW May 2009 article Perot Systems and Philips Healthcare support Microsoft's efforts to build interoperable e-health solutions.