|[January 15, 2014]
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health Launches Nationwide Access to UpToDate Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Support
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia --(Business Wire)--
Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for
healthcare professionals and students, announced today that the Ministry
of Health (MOH) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has launched nationwide
open access to UpToDate®, providing nearly
80,000 physicians and nurses with access to its acclaimed clinical
decision support resource.
"The MOH, in line with its Patient First strategy, is working to ensure
a higher and more consistent quality of care and better health outcomes,
two strategically important goals of the Ministry of Health," said Dr.
Mohammed R. Alyemeni, the Deputy Minister for Planning and Health
Economics. "UpToDate helps us realize these goals by equipping all
clinicians with ready access to the most current best practices and
expert-authored clinical recommendations to make the best decisions for
Starting in January of 2014, the five-year national access partnership
with Wolters Kluwer Health provides UpToDate to healthcare professionals
at over 250 Ministry of Health Hospitals, 100 private hospitals,
military hospitals, national guard hospitals, universities, the Saudi
Digital Library, as well as all clinics and primary care centres in the
"The Ministry's dedication to improving healthcare in Saudi Arabia is
strengthened by providing nationwide access to the most current and
comprehensive clinical information for treating patients," said Denise
Basow, MD, Vice President and General Manager, UpToDate at Wolters
Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. "We look forward to supporting the
Saudi Ministry of Health as a trusted source of evidence-based medicine
that enables clinicians to answer questions at the point of care."
Throughout the kingdom, access to trusted, evidence-based medical
information covering more than 10,000 clinical topics in over 20
specialties will be available to every Internet user via several
methods: the Ministry of Health Portal (http://www.moh.gov.sa),
the UpToDate website (http://www.uptodate.com/contents/search),
the UpToDate Mobile app for iOS, Android (News - Alert), and Windows 8, and directly
within hospitals' Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems that support
Arvind Subramanian, President and CEO, at Wolters Kluwer Health,
Clinical Solutions said, "Working with ministries of health and other
major government agencies is an essential part of our mission to improve
care everywhere." Subramanian added, "For an organization that is driven
by innovation and customer focus, the national rollout of UpToDate n
Saudi Arabia serves as a showcase of how we can partner to leverage web,
EMR and mobile access technology on a national scale to help more
doctors with clinical decision-making."
is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical knowledge system which
clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. UpToDate's
more than 5,100 world-renowned
physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous
editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into
trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve
patient care and quality. More than 750,000 clinicians in 158 countries
rely on UpToDate, and more than 30 research
studies confirm UpToDate's widespread usage and association with
improved patient care and hospital performance, including reduced length
of stay, adverse complications and mortality.
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