Healthcare and Big Data How Saudi Arabia Plans to Set World Class Standards

Saudi Arabia is on a mission: a mission to rapidly modernize and become a succesful global model of excellence as part of their 2030 Vision. Part of the Kingdom’s national transformation plan is to spend more money on healthcare technologies and related training programs. This is especially exciting news because currently there is a crucial need for healthcare providers to be prepared to adequately handle critical outbreaks like the MERS virus, quickly and effectively.

How will Big Data Play a Role?

Part of this planning and development is the creation of large Data Lakes whereby Big Data is stored alongside real-time information. This data lake has the power to improve health through better decision making and remote monitoring of critical and chronic diseases.

bigdata2“Dell EMC is here to support Saudi Arabia as it transforms its healthcare industry. At Dell EMC we provide the leading solutions that support healthcare IT infrastructure as it transforms to deliver operational, financial and clinical improvements. The Dell EMC healthcare portfolio of offerings will inevitably empower healthcare providers to best serve the public.” – Kamal Othman

Saudi Arabia, like most of the GCC region, has experienced fairly rapid economic growth, which has thus led to a significant increase in non-communicable chronic liftestlyle diseases, like obesity and diabetes. In order to combat these largely preventable conditions, investment in national systems to support and integrate digital healthcare services through electronic patient records (EPR) and wearable devices, may be the solution.

According to Wolfgang Mertz, CTO for the Office of Dell EMC Isilon, it is important for healthcare providers to “make data an asset and not a burden”.

By introducing digital infrastructures and applications, healthcare providers have the opportunity to analyze large pools of data to remotely monitor chronic and critical illnesses, and to then be able to provide customized personal care quickly and effectively.

The MoH and HIMSS will showcase some of the most cutting edge technologies
At this year’s HIMSS Middle East Conference and Exhibition, the Ministry of Health strived to support healthcare providers, policy makers and vendors in order for KSA to achieve a world-class standard together.

One such success story is King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH), who achieved HIMSS stage 7 in May 2016. As one of only nine hospitals outside of North America to be awarded this recognition, it is a prestigious honor and an inspirational example. It is also a strong indicator that the Kingdom has the potential and the tools to become a leader in global healthcare.

But one of the biggest challenges facing digital health, is security. A commitment to how big data is properly structured, stored and protected is essential to the success of IT Transformation. With all-flash storage as the foundation of the infrastructure, healthcare organizations can leverage efficiency, compliance, outcomes, engagement and availability in all facets of healthcare delivery.

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For more information, visit the Ministry of Health and HIMSS Middle East conference and exhibition from the 12th-13th October at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh.

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