Saudi Arabia launches SAWTAK

rawpixel 760103 unsplashThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has launched a patient safety learning system project called SAWTAK

The project was launched in collaboration with Datix, a patient safety software company, and Health Matrix, a Middle East healthcare IT company.

The project will include the installation of Datix software nationwide, firmly establishing the Saudi Patient Safety Centre (SPSC) as one of the proponents of the global patient safety movement. The announcement was made jointly by SPSC, Datix and Health Matrix.

Alhawsawi, director general of the SPSC, said, “This partnership will push the boundaries of patient safety and quality management. SAWTAK will not only help us uncover issues and implement solutions but also give us a memory–across the entire kingdom–of what works and why. With this initiative, we will have a complete quality improvement loop, which will enable us to accelerate patient safety nationwide.”

SAWTAK will also serve as the foundation of Saudi Arabia’s National Patient Safety Learning System, which includes benchmarking, evaluation, learning, and implementation components.

Abdul Rahman Qasim, CEO of Health Matrix, added, “This agreement demonstrates the commitment of SPSC and Ministry of Health in being a worldwide leader in improving patient safety. Nowhere, will you find such a focused and intensive effort to use technology and data to reduce adverse healthcare events.”

Mortazavi, CEO of Datix, commented, “This is a watershed moment for the patient safety movement globally. Soon, every healthcare provider in Saudi Arabia will have access to the same patient safety software technology. This will give Saudi Arabia the ability to analyse, understand, and eventually eliminate adverse patient safety events across the entire kingdom.”

“With this partnership, Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Programme takes another step forward and helps solidify the kingdom’s position as the first country to implement such sweeping and groundbreaking patient safety initiatives nationally,” concluded Tawfig Al Rabiah, the minister of health for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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