You no longer need to carry bulky manual files of your health records when you visit certain Dubai Health Authority (DHA) facilities.

The records will be available electronically, ensuring that even if you visit multiple DHA facilities, you would still need just one unified medical record.

The second phase of the DHA's Salama project went live last week. In the project's first phase, the DHA unified about 1.4 million records and more than 112 million transactions passed through the system. Since then, 115,181 new electronic medical records were created in the system and an additional 30 million transactions were migrated to support the phase two rollout.

In phase two, the DHA centres that have adopted the project include Nad Al Sheba, Al Mankhool, Al Badaa, Al Lusaily, Al Safa and Al Zabeel.

On Friday, Dubai Hospital, Nad Al Hamar, Family Gathering Clinic and Dubai Diabetes Center adopted the system.

The third phase of the project will be completed in November 2017, ensuring all DHA health facilities have electronic medical records and that the authority moves to a paperless system.

The system will also provide real-time alerts, warnings, and flags to draw attention to changes in the patient medication or patient condition.

The health facilities that will adopt this system in phase three include Latifa Hospital, Hatta Hospital, Thalassemia Center, Muhaisnah Medical Fitness Center and Dubai Gynecology and Fertility Center. Humaid Al Qutami, chairman of the board and director-general of the DHA, said: " This project will help provide patients across DHA health facilities with an electronic file and easy access to their health information. It will further improve patient safety and enhance efficiency. The move will benefit patients, the health facility and the overall health sector."

Amani Al Jassmi, director of information technology at the DHA, said: "Healthcare providers will receive consolidated and integrated patient information, which gives them a quick, complete overview of the patient's condition. The system helps facilitate automatic cross-referencing of medication and allergy interactions.

"The system will also provide real-time alerts, warnings, and flags to draw attention to changes in the patient medication or patient condition. Moreover, allergy warnings will always be displayed on the screen, which directly results in minimising any medication errors."


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