Amman, Jordan – The Jordanian Government represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation signed a framework agreement with Electronic Health Solution (EHS) recently, to regulate the relationship between the company and the parties who benefit from implementing Hakeem program.
The agreement was signed by H.E Eng. Imad Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation and Dr. Rami Farraj, Chairman of the Board of Directors at EHS, aiming to coordinate the procedures between EHS; the implementing company of “Hakeem” program, and all the health sector related parties, including: The Ministry of Health, Royal Medical Services, King Hussein Cancer Center, Universities’ Hospitals and the National Women's Health Care Center, leading to achieve the bigger goal; improving the provided health care services and controlling expenses in the sector.
Electronic Health Solutions (EHS) is a non-profit, technology-driven company that concentrates its efforts on implementing its flagship program, Hakeem, to enhance the quality and efficiency of public health care services offered in Jordan by establishing electronic health records for the patients using a customized version of the VistA system. Hakeem also offers e-billing, optimal use of resources, and creates a comprehensive database of patients for use in scientific studies aimed at improving health care delivery in Jordan.
The agreement affirms the collaborative forces between the Jordanian government, represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, and EHS to join efforts and direct them to serve the health sector effectively, as the Jordanian government is willing to provide all possible facilitations to support this project.
H.E Eng. Imad Fakhoury, expressed his thrill for signing the agreement, which will help framing the work between the two parties for the next 5 years, to achieve His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein’s vision in enhancing the quality of the provided health care services in Jordan.
H.E added that the agreement is consistent with the government’s general directions in the telecommunications and information technology sector on one hand, and the health sector on the other hand. This highlights the importance of integration between different sectors where technology became a common key element, and which also proves that Hakeem has become a success story for Jordan in this field.
On his part, Dr. Rami Farraj, Chairman of the Board of Directors at EHS, commented by saying: “By implementing “Hakeem” program in the public hospitals and other healthcare facilities, we aim to enhance the provided services by adapting technology in the various medical sector services.”
“Signing this framework agreement with the Jordanian government aims to further accomplish our achievements, and fulfill our goals in reducing operating costs of health care facilities by controlling medication dispensing and inventory management, and reducing costs incurred by unnecessary repetition of lab tests. Authorized researchers will benefit from Hakeem’s comprehensive database of patients for use in scientific studies aimed solely at improving health care delivery in Jordan and the region.” added Dr. Farraj.
Furthermore, Dr. Farraj talked about the implementation of Hakeem program, which helped in linking between many health facilities in the kingdom, as it has been successfully implemented in 12 hospital, 17 comprehensive clinics and 77 primary clinics across the kingdom. During the first quarter of 2017, EHS will finalize the automation of 35 new facilities, and will also work on automating Al Bashir Hospital in addition to a number of King Hussein Medical City hospitals during the year.