May 13 2012
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Hospitals to report serious errors online
"The portal contains a system to receive reports of such errors from hospitals. Once these reports are in the system, we are automatically notified of them by SMS at the same time," the minister said.
"This will keep us informed round the clock of all the serious medical events taking place in our hospitals and how they are handled and whether there is need for further intervention," he added.
Other features of the new portal include a clinical audit system that measures the efficiency of hospitals using 49 internationally recognized major standards, a bed control system to best utilize available beds at hospitals, and a patient satisfaction measurement system.
The portal was launched in the presence of top ministry officials, Shoura Council members and reporters.
Al-Rabeeah said the ministry was looking to improve health care standards to the levels Saudis and residents deserve.
"We are working to get all hospitals evaluated through the accreditation system. We have signed an agreement with the Joint Commission International to initially quality assess 10 of our hospitals for JCI accreditation. The first hospital recently accredited by this body is in Makkah and other hospitals are expected to follow soon," he said.
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