Doha e-Health Dialogue recently discussed options for better health information sharing.
Sharing health information electronically and improving wellness and health was the hotly debated topic at the second Doha e-Health Dialogue held recently at the Doha at The W Hotel.
The meeting was co-hosted by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication (ictQatar), international legal firm Pinsent Masons and the world’s leading professional services firm, PwC.
The meeting brought together delegates from government, the healthcare sector and providers of e-health technology services, to discuss the challenges, value, and potential for establishing a Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Qatar.
It discussed the importance of governance as a critical foundation to HIE. There was broad support to establish a governing body consisting of representations from all stakeholder groups as well as key decision and policy makers.
This would help ensure decisions being made were done so with consideration for an interoperable, sustainable, and scalable HIE.
“The establishment of an efficient and effective HIE and a successful e-Health programme within the state of Qatar goes beyond just the technology components. Technology models have existed for a number of years but the challenge is to ensure the involvement and buy-in from all stakeholders such as the Providers (both public and private), payers, regulators as well as the consumer,” said IT Advisory Partner at PwC, Eyad Al Musa,
The meeting was chaired by PwC’s Dr Fadi Al Buhairan, Health Industries Technologies, PwC, and included a key note presentation by Dr Sue Feldman, who spoke about the experiences of developing and implementing a Health Information Exchange in Virginia, USA. Kelly Tymburski of Pinsent Masons discussed the legal and regulatory requirements of HIE
Source : Qatar Chronicle
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