The Minister of Health inaugurates the national project to automate the dialysis system


Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population, inaugurated the national project to automate the dialysis system, in order to make it easier for patients to obtain high-quality medical service in a safe, healthy environment, at the headquarters of the Princess Academy. Fatima for medical and vocational education.


This comes within the framework of the Egyptian state’s direction to implement digital transformation in implementation of the sustainable development goals and Egypt Vision 2030.




During his speech, the Minister confirmed that 9.2 million dialysis sessions are performed per year through “11 thousand government dialysis machines and 4 thousand machines in the private sector,”    Annually, it amounts to 5.3 billion pounds per year, and includes treatment decisions at state expense and health insurance. The total number of dialysis patients in the Arab Republic of Egypt is about 59 thousand patients: 37 thousand patients receive medical service in the hospitals of the Ministry of Health and Population, by 63%. 3%, through 397 government centres, and 17,000 patients receive service in private sector hospitals and civil society organizations, at a rate of 28.3% in 380 private centres, while 5,000 patients receive service in other entities such as university and police hospitals, armed forces hospitals, companies and other ministries. By up to 8.4%. 



 He explained  The Minister said that the national project to mechanize dialysis  It will save 60% annually of the cost of sessions, and the financial gap for the new system will be reduced by about 305 million pounds per year, and a billion and a half pounds will be saved in direct and indirect costs for the service provided, stressing that the difference in increasing the cost of the session will be borne by the Egyptian state, represented by the Ministry of Health, including It does not constitute any  An additional burden on the citizen.


During his speech, the Minister thanked the therapeutic medicine sector and the work team for the great effort made in mechanizing the national dialysis project, in cooperation with the various sectors of the Ministry. He praised the great achievement that was achieved in a short time, and also thanked the success partners from the private sector and civil society organizations in working in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Population to alleviate the suffering of dialysis patients.


The Minister, during his speech, directed the need to compile a database of dialysis patients in Egypt, audit it, update it constantly, and follow up on the health status of patients, provided that this database is analyzed in cooperation with the Egyptian Society of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation, and used for scientific research purposes using the latest artificial intelligence techniques in a way that determines Priorities for cases that need kidney transplantation.


Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, explained that the project to mechanize the dialysis system will be implemented through an electronic application that will be downloaded. On mobile phones and computers, the number of sessions is monitored through the application  Actual dialysis and recording of vital signs measurements to follow the patient during the session. The application also allows  The doctor has the right to record the medical advice of the nursing staff and follow up on their implementation in a documented manner, as well as immediately follow up on the results of laboratory tests to ensure monitoring of the performance and efficiency of the sessions in a way that benefits the patient and avoids the occurrence of complications, within the framework of obtaining a safe and efficient washing session.


"Abdul Ghaffar" continued Implementing the new system will facilitate the provision of service to cases that already receive the service  In one of the dialysis centers in the private and private sectors, once the center is registered with the new system, the patient’s data is entered into the system, and then the decision data is entered  (Whether at the expense of the state or at the expense of health insurance) on the electronic application through which sessions are booked, and when the time for the washing session comes, the nurse enters the application and opens the session that was reserved for the patient, then the nurse scans the barcode for the filter, then scans the special barcode With a washing machine to verify that the machine matches the patient’s condition to prevent transmission of infection, then it measures and records vital signs on the application. Through the application, the doctor can follow up on the case clinically and document the medical advice related to the case on the application. It also allows the nurse to record the medications that the patient receives during the session. At the end of the session, the nurse re-scans the barcode, so that the session is closed on the application and the filter is photographed from the side of the barcode, and an evaluation request is sent. For a session on the application interface in the patient’s account to measure his level of satisfaction with the service, and to take the evaluations, whether positive or negative, into consideration, to improve the work of the system.


"Abdul Ghaffar" explained As for new cases that have been discovered and require dialysis sessions, these cases must go to the nearest government hospital to conduct medical analyzes and examinations and present them to the tripartite committee, so that the hospital coordinates with the kidney official in the Directorate of Health Affairs to determine the center where the dialysis decision will be issued, indicating If a place is available  The patient will be assigned to a government hospital within the geographical area of ​​the patient’s residence. However, in the event that a place is not available to provide the dialysis service in a government hospital, he will be assigned to a dialysis center in the private or private sector, provided that the Ministry covers the needs of those centers for supplies, and the Ministry pays the additional teams. In the price of the session cost, in order to achieve the provision of high-quality medical service and without incurring any financial burden on the patient for those sessions.


“Abdul Ghaffar” added The application will allow the patient to freely choose different dialysis units, if the patient’s condition requires him to travel to another governorate. Through the system, it will allow him to apply for dialysis sessions at the center closest to his residence, indicating that a hotline will be launched to ensure regular work. With the new automated system, and providing full support to users of the new electronic application, including doctors, nurses, and the rest of the work team, it will also allow the patient to evaluate the service he receives and submit recommendations, suggestions, and complaints, and they will be dealt with immediately. 


 Abdul Ghaffar continued, “Through the system, waste of medical supplies will be reduced, by following up on the cycle of medical supplies, ensuring savings in annual spending, in addition to financial and administrative monitoring of the system, and building a strong database for the dialysis system.” And ensuring the governance of that accurate data collected for operation, and the patient’s access to his electronic file from the application. The new system will also include dialysis centers affiliated with the Ministry of Health and Population, affiliated bodies, and all parties contracting with medical councils or the General Authority for Health Insurance.


The opening was attended by Dr. Mohamed Hassani, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for public health initiatives, Major General Ashraf Abdel Aleem, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for information systems and digital transformation, Dr. Ahmed Saafan, Head of the Therapeutic Medicine Sector, and Dr. Mohamed Dahi, Chairman of the Authority. General Health Insurance, Dr. Mai Hasballah, President of the Egyptian Society of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation, Dr. Mohamed El-Nadi, Head of the Central Administration for Therapeutic Medicine, Dr. Ibrahim Saeed, Director of the Kidney Department and Director of the Dialysis System Mechanization Project, Dr. Mohamed Zidan, Director General of the Specialized Medical Councils, and Dr. Mona Farag, Commissioner General of the Egyptian Company for Blood Transfusion Services, and a number of ministry leaders and directors of health affairs directorates in the governorates.


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