As part of the Amal Tech initiative, Earthlink will be sponsoring the first e-hospital project in Iraq and presenting it to the National Cancer Hospital.
The charity project aims to provide a management system that complies with international standards to transform cancer patients’ files into lossless and non-perishable electronic data. Unlike their paper counterparts, these files will not halt or obstruct treatment or endanger the lives of patients. The electronic system manages, stores and arranges files electronically to facilitate both medical decision making and the transfer of data between hospital departments, using an internal network linking all departments.
Ahmed Shaker Al-Saadi, the Commercial Advisor at EarthLink, said: “The internal network at the hospital took only two weeks to complete, and was carried out by the engineers of EarthLink after they had met all the requirements and provided the equipment, tools, and cables that we selected because they were safer and faster.
“The project is part of a series of charity projects initiated by EarthLink as part of the social responsibility that we feel towards our country, so we are seeking to help through a series of charitable campaigns, the last of which was the Orphan Care Project.”
Al-Saadi added, “In our charity programs, we target different groups within the community to provide help. We highlight these categories to encourage individuals and the government to take the same action. The charitable hospitals management project is aimed at changing the service reality in the hospital and enhancing patient confidence. This will be achieved by adopting modern technology to ensure that patients receive the appropriate treatment. Doctors will receive data about each patient including the date of doses given to them based on technology. This will serve as a starting point for other similar projects that will implement the technology in all hospitals in Iraq, as it is in developed countries.
Dose book for Al Amal Hospital
Ahmed Subhi, the person who came up with the Amal Tech concept said: “Previously, the process of collecting and recording patient information was done manually using paper books. The date of the previous doses was recorded with the dates of the next doses, as well as the radiation. And because this data can get damaged or lost, patients’ lives this could be endangered. Thus, an electronic solution is required to archive and save information by providing a personal identity for each patient in an easy-to-use database that can be accessed at any time by hospital staff, who can follow the patient’s condition at a glance and continue the appropriate treatment.”
Sobhi pointed out that “the project represents an attempt to develop the reality of Iraqi institutions, in addition to training young volunteers to use the system properly—to be open and completely free. And it can be developed by other people in the future, so it won’t to be exclusive to anyone.
“The voluntary project was approved by the Ministry of Health and Al Amal Hospital. EarthLink joined us as an official sponsor. They were supported by a group of Earthlink technical experts who visited the hospital to assess its needs, draw up a plan of action and provide internal to the hospital, to connect the network to all facilities and parts.
“I thank Earthlink, for all their help, for the first integrated hospital management project completed within two weeks, and voluntarily. I hope we can implement the project in the rest of Iraq’s hospitals.”
What is EarthLink’s vision of the project?
EarthLink’s Commercial Advisor said:”We aspire to continuous development, and delivering technology to the highest quality plus expanding the business to other sectors, including technology, applications, electricity, and many other fields, as well as telecommunications and Internet services. And this must include the charity programs as well, because EarthLink’s vision toward Amal Tech is to optimize and develop, so that every Iraqi citizen has access to a health-conscious system from birth to death, including his health history throughout his life, and the system must be centralized and unified between all hospitals in Iraq, under the supervision of the Iraqi Ministry of Health. And the data members of each family must be linked to each other.
At Earthlink, we will participate in the data entry phase of the electronic program and provide technical engineers to repair faults if necessary. The project seeks to get rid of paper, and although this goal has not yet been achieved in full in any country in the world, we seek to achieve it in Iraq in the future.”
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