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[March 12, 2014]
Information Technology Authority and Ministry of Health sign pact on developing health portal in Oman [Times of Oman]
(Times of Oman Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Muscat: The Information Technology Authority (ITA) and the Ministry of Health have signed an agreement with ICT Health, an Oman based software development company, to design and implement the eHealth Portal for the Ministry of Health.
Dr Ali bin Talib Al Hinai, undersecretary at the Ministry of Health for Planning Affairs, Dr Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA and Fareed Al Hinai, vice-chairman, ICT Health signed the agreement in the ITA premises in Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM), on Tuesday.
ICT Health, in collaboration with Sweden-based Monator Technologies AB, will design and implement the eHealth Portal for the Ministry of Health.One-stop access point The portal will be a one-stop access point for users seeking information and/or services from the Ministry of Health.
"The primary aim of the ITA and the Ministry of Health in launching the eHealth portal is to provide services and quality healthcare for all citizens and residents," Al Hinai said on the occasion of the signing of the agreement.Up-to-date information The portal aims to provide users with comprehensive and up-to-date information about the Ministry of Health's announcements, services and special features offered by it and organisations affiliated to it.
"We want the portal to serve as a role model for all government entities with a range of quality eServices and mobile services such as appointment scheduling, pre-employment health checkup, blood bank related services, registering of pharmacies, clinics and hospitals, online patient records etc," he added.
Dr Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, the CEO of ITA said: "This is an important agreement for the ITA and vital for e.oman national strategy and eGovernment transformation plan. The quality of eHealth services is a key evaluation criterion to measure how nations are progressing and advancing in the field of ICT." The portal will provide a forum to allow users to express their opinions and make suggestions regarding healthcare services by the Ministry of Health. Registered users of the portal will be able to participate in discussions, too. The Ministry of Health officials will be providing their feedback and points of view.
Portal users will be able to voice their opinions and reviews on services, places, events and many other aspects in a way that is visible and beneficial to all.
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