Today, King Fahad Medical City launched Electronic Patient Information Chart (EPIC) project, in a step that would develop health services and rely on the state-of-the-art technology to identify patient information at different healthcare stages, thereby ensuring the provision of accurate treatment plans in accordance with accurate and comprehensive data.
H.E. Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the Minister of Health, confirmed that EPIC project is one of the strategic plans objectives within healthcare services provided to citizens, which overcome all obstacles and harness all techniques that enable health service provider to view all details of the service recipients, which confirms the progress towards the national transformation program.
During the project inauguration and the start of its phases in KFMC, Dr. Fahad Al- Ghofaili, CEO of KFMC, described EPIC system as an important national project to keep pace with current upgrade of health sector in the Kingdom, seeking to meet the requirements of the National Transformation Program 2020 and KSA 2030 Vision. Dr. AL-Ghofaili stated, "EPIC system will be an effective way to deal with patients who come in large numbers to KFMC suffering various health problems. This requires an electronic system that records health information in the patient's file, including blood tests, radiology, pharmacy, and the medical history."
Dr. Al Ghofaili added, "This project is not only serving KFMC, but also for healthcare in the Kingdom in general, especially in light of the transformations and responsibilities of healthcare provision, which are no longer limited to treating the citizen and inpatients, but extended to reaching the patient in his/her home and maintaining his/her health through diet or avoidance of unhealthy behaviors. Such responsibility requires technology to be done in a quick and accurate manner. This new system knows that doctors anywhere in the world need accurate and correct information to make the right decision. Likewise, the system avoids the lack of information that is reflected negatively on patients and makes them wait longer, or expose them to an incorrect diagnosis".
KFMC held an exhibition dedicated to EIPC project, in which specialists discuss the phases of work commencement and methods of identifying the system and its electronic applications reflecting the simplicity of accessing files.