The Kuwait-Scotland eHealth Innovation Network (KSeHIN): A sustainable approach to quality improvement in healthcare

N. T. Conway*, R. Al Wotayan, A. Alkuzam, F. F. Al-Refaei, D. Badawi, R. Barake, A. Bell, G. Boyle, S. Chisholm, J. Connell, A. Emslie-Smith, C. A. Goddard, S. A. Greene, N. Halawa, A. Judson, C. Kelly, J. Ker, M. Scott, A. Shaltout, F. SukkarD. Wake, A. Morris, D. Sibbald, K. Behbehani

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Abstract

Background The rising prevalence of obesity and diabetes in Kuwait represents a significant challenge for the country's healthcare system. Diabetes care in Scotland has improved by adopting a system of managed clinical networks supported by a national informatics platform. In 2010, a Kuwait-Dundee collaboration was established with a view to transforming diabetes care in Kuwait. This paper describes the significant progress that has been made to date. Methods The Kuwait-Scotland eHealth Innovation Network (KSeHIN) is a partnership among health, education, industry and government. KSeHIN aims to deliver a package of clinical service development, education (including a formal postgraduate programme and continuing professional development) and research underpinned by a comprehensive informatics system. Results The informatics system includes a disease registry for children and adults with diabetes. At the patient level, the system provides an overview of clinical and operational data. At the population level, users view key performance indicators based on national standards of diabetes care established by KSeHIN. The national childhood registry (CODeR) accumulates approximately 300 children a year. The adult registry (KHN), implemented in four primary healthcare centres in 2013, has approximately 4000 registered patients, most of whom are not yet meeting national clinical targets. A credit-bearing postgraduate educational programme provides module-based teaching and workplace-based projects. In addition, a new clinical skills centre provides simulator-based training. Over 150 masters students from throughout Kuwait are enrolled and over 400 work-based projects have been completed to date. Conclusion KSeHIN represents a successful collaboration between multiple stakeholders working across traditional boundaries. It is targeting patient outcomes, system performance and professional development to provide a sustainable transformation in the quality of diabetes healthcare for the growing population of Kuwaitis with diabetes in Kuwait.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalQuality in Primary Care
Volume22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2014

Keywords

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Education and training
  • General practice
  • Health system reform
  • Primary care
  • Quality improvement

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