The Ministry of Health will announce the most technologically advanced hospitals in Turkey at the second HIMSS Turkey Conference this spring. The event will see hospitals receive the annual results of the EMRAM data collection, which measures the compatibility of their hospital’s IT systems against international standards.
Organised by the Turkish Ministry of Health and HIMSS Europe* the event aligns with the Ministry of Health’s ambition of digital and paperless hospitals as part of its Strategic Plan 2013-2017.
In addition to the EMRAM scoring, the main topics of the conference will include:
- Presentation on the Best Information Technologies for Today’s Joint Public-Private Projects
- Health IT and Mobile Health: How is Technology Changing Patient Care?
- How to Select the Right IT Solution to Avoid Medical Malpractice
- Data Security Versus Patient Safety: Do We Have to Choose?
- Establishing a Common Language: The Role of Standards in Ensuring Compatibility
The conference titled ‘The Digital Hospital’ is the second in a series of HIMSS Turkey events taking place annually over a five-year period, which aim to monitor developments and advance hospital IT systems to ensure the provision of better, safer, more efficient patient care.
The first conference, which focused on the "Transition to the Digital Hospital", was held in Istanbul last June. In a statement, officials of the Ministry of Health said: "With representatives from leading domestic and international, public and private sector organisations in the field of health IT, events such as this are an important indicator that the Turkish health services sector, which has a high growth potential, will expand further."
Developments in IT are an integral part of the Turkish healthcare sector as it prepares for enormous expansion.
The Turkish Ministry of Health foresee a demand of over 95,000 additional hospital beds by 2023. To meet this demand, the ministry plans the construction of 36 to 40 health campuses with a total capacity of 30,000 beds, among them twelve hospitals dedicated to physical therapy and rehabilitation, and eight hospitals to treat patients with mental health issues. The total investment cost is estimated at over USD 14 billion.
The health campus investments are only one position in the ministry’s budget earmarked for infrastructure projects. In 2024, the amount set aside for infrastructure projects is estimated to exceed USD 63 billion. In order to establish a modern and efficient health services infrastructure in Turkey, the Ministry of Health has initiated joint public-private projects. According to the Public-Private Joint Venture Act, urban hospitals constructed and operated by the private sector shall be leased for 25 years.
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