Digital Health Integration

Bahrain's e-Health Breakthrough: Accessible Care for Every Citizen

What role do digital tools play in achieving SDG health targets? Digital health integration is key in the transition towards integrated healthcare. This approach paves the way for advancements in healthcare systems.

In the Kingdom of Bahrain, every citizen is constitutionally entitled to healthcare that is both decent and free. Central to this commitment is the National Health Information System (I-SEHA), an ambitious project spearheaded by the Ministry of Health. This system is designed to provide high-quality, regulated, and comprehensive health services that are accessible, sustainable, and affordable for all Bahraini citizens.

Integral to the Ministry of Health's ICT strategy, the I-SEHA program harnesses technology to enhance healthcare outcomes and elevate patient experiences. A pivotal component of I-SEHA is the electronic health record (EHR) system, enabling healthcare providers to access patient records and medical histories online for more accurate and efficient patient care. Additionally, patients have secure online access to their health records, fostering a more engaged and informed approach to their healthcare.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bahrain notably expanded into telemedicine and remote consultations. The BeAware mobile app and integrated framework united all stakeholders within a single system. The Sehati portal was launched, allowing a wide range of medical eServices including remote consultations with healthcare providers. Chatbots were also employed to offer medical advice and respond to patient inquiries. Sehati mobile app is also another user-friendly channel to avail of health eServices such as Appointments, Medical Results, Athletic Fitness certificates, and many more.

The National Health Insurance Program (Sehati) was launched by the Supreme Council of Health as part of the National Health Plan 2016 - 2026 (PDF, 1 MB, 62 pages). The program aims to provide effective and high-quality health services with efficient resource utilization to achieve the best results and to guarantee the rights of the patient, most importantly their right to choose the service provider and provide opportunities for the private sector to provide basic and complementary services as a competitor to the public sector.

The Bahrain Digital Government has initiated the Digital Health Integration System (DHIS), aiming to create a unified health data platform. This initiative will facilitate data sharing among various government agencies and healthcare providers, thereby enhancing patient care quality.

The DHIS, a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), is slated for completion in 2024. Its benefits include:

  • Better Healthcare: It will make patient data sharing easier, improving disease diagnosis and treatment.
  • More Efficient: Removing the need for entering the same data multiple times will make healthcare processes faster.
  • Cost Savings: The system will help save money by managing healthcare resources more effectively.

Pre- Employment Health Checkup

The pre-employment health checkup represents a significant measure for safeguarding worker health and safety in Bahrain. Initiated as a collaborative Public-Private Partnership, this process aims to enhance service quality and efficiency. Its primary function is to detect health risks that might impact an employee's capacity to work safely while also curbing the transmission of infectious diseases in workplaces.

Mandatory guidelines for pre-employment health screenings in Bahrain include:

  • All employers are obligated to carry out pre-employment health screenings for their staff.
  • The check-up must include tests for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, and tuberculosis.
  • Employers are responsible for covering the cost of these checkups.
  • The check-up must be conducted by a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Outcomes of the checkups are required to be submitted to the Ministry of Health for approval.

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As we navigate through the digital age, Bahrain confirms its commitment to transparency and innovation through the Open Data initiative through Bahrain’s Open Data Portal. This platform is a testament to our dedication to making government data openly available, supporting the principles of accountability and enabling informed decision-making. By providing access to a treasure trove of data, we empower everyone to explore, analyze, and create solutions that drive social and economic progress. The initiative underscores our belief in the power of data to transform lives, foster a culture of knowledge-sharing, and stimulate growth.

We encourage you to leverage this valuable resource, sparking innovation and contributing to the Kingdom’s development. For an enriching journey into the world of Open Data, and to explore the possibilities, visit Bahrain’s Open Data Portal

Together, let's embrace the opportunity to contribute to Bahrain's digital evolution and ensure that our journey towards national development is a shared endeavor. 

As part of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s unwavering commitment to fostering digital participation, you are invited to explore the available participation topics. Your engagement and contributions are crucial in shaping the digital landscape of the Kingdom of Bahrain, reflecting our collective vision for a future built on the principles of innovation, inclusivity, and progress. Explore more on how you can actively participate in discussions, share your insights, and collaborate on initiatives that are at the heart of our nation's growth.

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Content Last Updated: 15 Jul, 2024

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