King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh becomes first in the world to achieve DIAM Stage 6
RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - (HealthTech Wire / News) - The Digital Imaging Adoption Model (DIAM) was jointly developed in 2016 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Europe and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) to support organisations in planning and implementing imaging IT. The model is the first of its kind worldwide and comprises ten focus areas, highlighting more than 100 indicators essential to the digitisation in imaging IT. These areas include patient engagement, personalised medicine and clinical documentation, amongst others. Similar to the HIMSS Analytics EMR (EMRAM) and Continuity of Care Maturity Models (CCMM), DIAM has 8 stages, with Stage 0 indicating low maturity and Stage 7 representing advanced imaging IT maturity. Organisations progressing through the Stages of DIAM utilise the model to identify and adopt the right digital strategy to improve health outcomes for patients.
To provide context, we have assessed 42 hospitals on the DIAM across the globe, with the average DIAM Score being 3.0. KAMC is well ahead of the curve,” said Professor Peter Mildenberger, European Society of Radiology.
KAMC Riyadh is part of a group of hospitals operated by and providing services for the (Ministry of the) National Guard. Already an EMRAM Stage 6 facility, KAMC Riyadh is the first in the world to achieve DIAM Stage 6. Its next goal is to attain DIAM Stage 7 within the next six months – together with achieving EMRAM Stage 7.
“King Abdulaziz Medical City’s successful achievement of DIAM Stage 6 is an important milestone on our journey to become a digital leader in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and among the best-of-class healthcare organisations around the globe. Benchmarking against the DIAM is helping us pursue this objective. We had to speed up some items in our road map to achieve this stage. We look forward to working towards our next milestone – Achieving HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 and DIAM Stage 7,” said Mosa Al Mutairi, Director, Corporate Ancillary Information System, KAMC Riyadh.
“The DIAM assessment was a learning opportunity. I’m proud of KAMC’s achievement,” added Faiz Al Garni, System Administrator, Corporate Ancillary Information System, KAMC Riyadh.
“Congratulations! King Abdulaziz Medical City’s commitment to achieving advanced maturity in its imaging IT capabilities is now validated with the attainment of DIAM Stage 6. To provide context, we have assessed 42 hospitals on the DIAM across the globe, with the average DIAM Score being 3.0. KAMC is well ahead of the curve. This focus on using information technology to improve imaging processes is leading to better care for patient involvement and communication,” said Professor Peter Mildenberger, European Society of Radiology.
“King Abdulaziz Medical City Riyadh is the first in the world to achieve this high level of imaging IT maturity in radiology. Alongside its Stage 6 achievement, KAMC Riyadh also possesses strong capabilities regarding health information exchange, patient engagement as well as analytics and workflow safety. I am confident they will reach their Stage 7 vision soon,” said Jörg Studzinski, Director Research and Advisory Services, HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Analytics.
King Abdulaziz Medical City Riyadh will be recognised at the HIMSS Saudi Arabia Conference and Exhibition, 10–11 April 2018. For more information about HIMSS Analytics Middle East, click here.
About King Abdulaziz Medical City Riyadh
King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, with a bed capacity of 1501, commenced its operations in May 1983. Since then, it has continued expanding, while providing services for a rapidly growing patient population in all of its catchments areas. Today, King Fahad National Guard Hospital has evolved to be part of the King Abdulaziz Medical City with many other prominent medical centers. Since its inauguration in February 2001; and within a short period, KAMC has been recognszed as a distinguished healthcare provider. For more information, visit: www.ngha.med.sa
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