Cerner, Children's National to Help UAE Pediatric Center with Health IT | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Cerner, Children's National to Help UAE Pediatric Center with Health IT

February 15, 2018
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital, the only pediatric hospital in the United Arab Emirates, has entered into an agreement with Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Health System to form a health IT strategic partnership.

The partnership is an extension of The Bear Institute for Health Innovation, a Children's National collaboration with Cerner Corporation, according to officials. Per the terms of the deal, Cerner, the electronic health record (EHR) company based in Kansas City, Mo., will serve in a strategic advisory role to guide Al Jalila Children's in effectively using health IT to deliver high-quality care for children across the Gulf Cooperation Council and the region.

Formed in 2013, The Bear Institute is a partnership created between Children's National Health System and Cerner to advance evidence-based pediatric medicine through technological innovation. The Bear Institute has rolled out dozens of solutions to some 3,000 caregivers across the Children's National health system. 

"We're excited to enter into this new collaboration with Al Jalila Children's and, with the support of Cerner, plan to bring our best practices in patient-centered health IT to children in the UAE," said Kurt Newman, M.D., president and CEO of Children's National.

Added Mohamed Alawadhi, M.D., chief operating officer of Al Jalila Children's, “As the only children's hospital in the UAE and one among the few in the Middle East, we are constantly striving to provide the best possible care for patients, and this includes excellence in service delivery and subsequent patient satisfaction. At Al Jalila Children's, we have adopted global industry practices for IT, and with the signing of this agreement with Children's National, we aim to achieve a robust system with advanced and evidence-based pediatric care clinical pathways that will assist in providing high-level medical care to children in the UAE and the region."

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



Research: Precision Medicine May Improve Survival in Late-Stage Cancer, Lower Costs

A precision medicine study conducted by researchers from Intermountain Precision Genomics and Stanford University School of Medicine indicates that precision oncology may improve overall survival and lower healthcare costs for advanced cancer patients.

Study: Researchers Use EHR Data to Predict Future Chronic Opioid Use

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are working to develop statistical models to better predict which patients will be prescribed opioid medications long-term following discharge from a hospital stay.

ONC Avoids 2018 Budget Cuts in New Spending Bill

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) funding for 2018 will hold steady through September, at $60 million, as part of a House spending bill that was passed on Thursday.

Global Survey: Nearly Half of Physicians are Not Aware of Blockchain Technology

A survey, conducted by SERMO of 3,700 physicians across the globe, found that nearly half (47 percent) of polled physicians said that they were not aware of blockchain technology.

Wyoming Department of Health to Form Statewide HIE

Wyoming Department of Health plans to form a statewide, medical community-owned health information exchange (HIE), called the Wyoming Frontier Information Exchange (WYFI).

Four Organizations Plan to Form National Health IT Safety Collaborative

Four healthcare- and patient safety-focused organizations have indicated plans to establish a national health IT safety collaborative and are urging the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to support their efforts.