Cerner’s Middle East Joint Venture Produces First Major Contract

King Saud University (KSU) and Cerner have signed a strategic collaboration in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to provide electronic health record (EHR) systems for two of KSU’s hospitals, King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH), a 950 bed hospital and King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH), a 200-bed hospital. The first hospital called King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital (KAUH), originally founded in 1956, specializes in ENT and ophthalmology and has a diabetes center. The second hospital, King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH), is highly recognized, fully staffed and equipped acute care facility.

Demonstrating how business gets done in the Middle East (for westerners), the contract was executed between KSU and Saudi Health Information Systems (SHIS), which is a joint venture between Riyadh Valley Company, Zamil Group, and Cerner, that was created to focus on EHR programs within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is Cerner Middle East’s first contract in the joint venture partnership established in 2011. An internal name for Cerner Millennium® called eSiHi, or Electronic System for Integrated Health Information was announced. All clinicians and staff will refer to the new name when dealing with the new system, which will consolidate, streamline and standardize all processes and tools to improve the quality of information available to clinicians. Over a period of 12-18 months, both academic hospitals will integrate approximately 30 Cerner® solutions with its EHR serving as the foundation of the health technology implementation.

“Cerner is thrilled to be working with our SHIS partners to deliver the first academic system under this new arrangement. We are excited to be working with the excellent hospitals under KSU’s leadership and look forward to working with them towards HIMSS certification,” said Greg White, vice president and managing director, Cerner Middle East and Africa.

Source: Global Newswire

—Tom Finn

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