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Dr. Al-Yamani: Linking the Operating Room with 13 Hospitals in the Holy Capital, the Holy Sites
16 October 2013
The Emergency Operating Room related to the Ministry of Health (MOH), in the Mina Emergency Hospital, is a center for the early alarm when disasters and crises occur.
 
Its goal is to follow up the Hajj performers performing their rites, and analyze the indicators related to disaster-predicting, Allah forbids.
 
This in turn helps the Ministry of Health (MOH) carry out the emergency plans and manage the previously-anticipated crises; in order to thwart any regrettable incident or reduce harm as much as possible, as well as following up delivering the health services for the Hajj performers.
 
In the meantime, the Head of the Information technology and Statistics Committee, and the Undersecretary Minister for Information Technology and Economies, Dr. Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Yamani pointed out that the Emergency Operating Room was equipped with the latest technologies of wireless and non-wireless communications, of which there are 20 fixed and mobile cameras and 5 main cameras distributed to the Holy Sites: Mina and Arafat.
 
Further, there are 35 cameras within emergency sections, inpatient sections, and intensive care units in the Mina Emergency Hospital. And 390 wireless devices covering three main governorates: Jeddah, Makkah, Ta'if, and Al-Kamil; they are operated through four encrypted channels: emergency, central region, first aids, and health services for Hajj performers.
 
He also drew the attention to the fact that the MOH Emergency Operating Room was linked to the Command and Control Room of the Public Security, the Operating Room of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, Tawaf (Circumambulation) institutions, and Ministry of Hajj, as well as the Operating Room of the Civil Defense.
 
He went on to add that the Operating and Follow-up Room was linked to 13 hospitals in the Holy Sites and the Holy Capital via the electronic network; with the aim of pinpointing the number of vacant and occupied beds; especially in the emergency and intensive care rooms. This in turn helps facilitate distributing the injured cases or those in need of the health services to the nearest hospitals.
 
He also affirmed that the Room alerts early on all hospitals when there is likelihood of some harm occurring. In addition to this, the MOH has an elaborate plan to deliver the ambulatory and emergency services, the most prominent of which are to put into effect the methods of risk factorsmonitoring, assess the necessary needs of addressing the anticipated risks, and draw up outlined plans related to each emergency type.
 
Within the same vein, he made clear that the Information technology and Communications Department equipped the Command and Control Room with all the necessary devices, instruments, and system; in order to facilitate and put into effect the role of technology in taking decisions based upon precise information and on time.
 
Similarly, a host of new technologies were initiated, to the effect that  video wall displays were divided in order to run a mixture of statistics, and the cameras important to the Hajj managing team; along with having the power of focusing on a certain program and enlarging it on the screen to follow some incident.
 
He went on pointing out that among these programs are the Smart Work Program for displaying the statistics of the hospitals and health centers. It includes the statistics of thehospitals through the Hajj statistics system for all the Holy Sites, Makkah, and Madinah hospitals; and statistics of the health centers through the digital pens technology digitally conveying information without referring to the form sorting.
 
Also, it comprises of digital cameras for monitoring the patients' movement in the important sections such as the emergency section, and a vehicle-tracking system which was transferred to a server with high specifications; in order to improve on the system performance.
 
All the more, an interactive panel run by computers by touch was supplied and installed; with the aim of displaying the systems requiring interaction with the event such as vehicle-tracking system, e-fax. Further, an e-fax was supplied and installed in order to have patients referred among hospitals in a faster and more modern way.
 
In addition to this, the Hajj managing team was handed a screen through which the officer refers cases by a swift button press, without drawing on the traditional way involving sorting fax paper and resending.
 



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