Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare in Saudi Arabia goes live on Epic EHR

On Jan. 26, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare became the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to implement an Epic EHR.

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare is a joint venture between Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine and Saudi Aramco, the national petroleum and natural gas company in Saudi Arabia. At the time of the go-live, hospital staff had received roughly 50,000 hours of training on the Epic system.

"I am excited about the healthcare opportunities that Epic provides and I am confident that it indeed signals a new era in healthcare at JHAH," Mahmoud al-Zaiyat, CIO of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, said in a statement.

Fifteen thousand patients, or 14 percent of eligible users, pre-registered for Epic's patient portal, MyChart. An additional 11,000 registered in the days following the go-live.

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