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First Epic Go Live in Saudi Arabia

The mood was both celebratory and anticipatory. At 7 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018, with the push of a button, Epic became the electronic health record that empowers fully integrated care and enables patients to become actively engaged in their health.

In that moment, JHAH joined the likes of Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Dubai Health Authority in using one of the most sophisticated health record systems in the world. It was also at that moment that patients being served by JHAH were able to access data in their healthcare records online, anywhere, anytime using the Epic MyChart tool.

The holistic Epic solution is comprised of multiple applications covering every aspect of hospital operations, as a result it eliminates disparate systems and the mix of paper and electronic patient records. Epic provides care givers with a single real-time, up to date patient record that is supported by decision making tools such as alerts, pathways and search functionality.

The successful Go Live of Epic at JHAH was the result of a monumental effort. Teams had been formed, experts brought in, processes mapped and input from all areas obtained. Models had been developed, tested, tweaked and trained on until everyone was ready and all was in place. Then and only then, that simple, symbolic act of pushing the button was possible.

Daniele Rigamonti,M.D. This is a landmark step toward achieving our vision, which is to be a regional leader in clinical outcomes and the advancement of health professions and marks a new era in healthcare at JHAH.
Dr. Daniele Rigamonti, CEO, JHAH
Mahmoud Zaiyat I am extremely proud of my team and everyone at JHAH who has made Epic at JHAH a reality. I am excited about the healthcare opportunities that Epic provides and I am confident that it indeed signals a new era in healthcare at JHAH.
Mahmoud al-Zaiyat, CIO, JHAH
Carl Dvorak, Epic President It’s our first project in the Kingdom, and our teams were both very excited to go live. The JHAH team has been an impressive partner, very focused on making technology work for both the provider and the patient. We look forward to our continued partnership improving care and service to patients.
Carl Dvorak, Epic President
Ahmad Shono Over the years there have been many talented and motivated people that helped sustain the momentum for the implementation, and I feel fortunate to be playing my part in this very exciting chapter of our history. I am always inspired by the earnest dedication to excellence demonstrated by JHAH staff and leadership and I am glad to know they will be supported by an incredibly versatile and talented Epic at JHAH team and IT organization.
Ahmad Shono, Director, Epic at JHAH Program
First Epic Go Live in Saudi Arabia

Abdulaziz, the first baby born in JHAH’s new era of Epic will have a great start to a healthy life as his entire medical history will be available to his caregivers for every hospital visit. It also makes life easier for his parents as they will be able to track and manage his healthcare using the MyChart patient portal. Find out more about setting up proxy access for your dependents under the age of 18 click here.

  • First healthcare provider in the Kingdom to implement Epic
  • 190 million people around the world have an electronic health record in Epic
  • 1,000 trained staff members on site for technical support at the moment of Go Live
  • 16,000 educational and hands-on training sessions conducted

15,000 patients had pre-registered for MyChart, the Epic online patient portal and an additional 11,000 registered in the days following Go Live. This indicates the value of Epic to patients. The patient-friendly technology of MyChart enables patients to better manage their healthcare and interact with JHAH by making it easy to make medication refill requests, view lab test results, schedule appointments and communicate with clinicians.

JHAH Patients can register here