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Al Ahsa Directorate, Wolters Kluwer to deliver evidence-based patient care with UpToDate

August 25, 2020

DUBAI — Wolters Kluwer, Health on Monday announced that the Ministry of Health Directorate in Al Ahsa has chosen UpToDate, the company’s flagship clinical decision support (CDS) solution, to deliver evidence-based care across the city.

Al Ahsa City is the first directorate in the Kingdom to provide UpToDate region-wide to physicians, nurses and pharmacists across 12 hospitals and 60 primary care centers, in a concerted effort to equip all clinicians with a leading CDS resource that will help to minimise medication errors, enhance patient safety and deliver the best possible healthcare services.

UpToDate is used by over 1.9 million clinicians around the world to make care decisions based on the latest evidence and recommendations by leading experts around the world. On a broader level, it promotes healthcare excellence which is in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 to offer the best healthcare services in the world.

Mohamad Al-Omar, director of academic affairs in Al Ahsa Directorate, explained, “Implementing a CDS solution within all our facilities was one of the highest priorities for Al Ahsa Directorate. Reducing medication errors, enhancing patient safety while increasing our staff’s medical knowledge throughout our facilities were our main strategic goals.”

He added, “UpToDate has been a critical tool for all our practitioners in Al Ahsa City. Its ease-of-use in getting the right knowledge quickly, providing world-class care tailored to individual patients, as well as the wide-range of covered specialties and pharmacy drug monographs available, are among the many reasons we have chosen UpToDate.”

Alaa Darwish, country manager for Middle East, Turkey and Africa, for Clinical Effectiveness at Wolters Kluwer, Health, said, “It is an honor to partner with the MOH Directorate in Al Ahsa to make UpToDate available to doctors, pharmacists and nurses across the city.”

“As the only clinical decision support tool associated with improved patient outcomes, UpToDate is an invaluable evidence-based resource that clinicians use every day to make the right decisions for patients and deliver the highest quality, safe healthcare services. In these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic it is even more critical to equip healthcare professionals with the latest evidence and recommendations from world-leading experts.”