Portuguese Minister for Health visited Albufeira’s Basic Emergency Services (Algarve, Portugal)
18 February 2009
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Algarve’s Emergency Network is complete. Ana Jorge, Portuguese Minister for Health, during the presentation about Algarve’s Emergency Network, realized that this Portuguese region has successfully achieved all planned objectives for the creation of an integrated emergency service network. The aforementioned event took place on February 14 as part of a visit to the Basic Emergency Services (SUB) of Albufeira’s Primary Care Center. 

«When a patient arrives at a SUB needing hospital care, his/her whole health record (clinical information, X-rays, lab tests and ECGs) is electronically sent to a reference hospital. By the time the patient arrives at the hospital all the information is already there. This makes the professionals’ work a lot easier, and has direct consequences on healthcare provision», the Minister for Health declared. 

 

In the scope of this Ministry for Health project to improve emergency services, the Algarve region will include 6 network sites, instead of the previous 2. In this way, Algarve’s Emergency Network from now on integrates: 

 

- 1 General Emergency Service in Faro Hospital; 

 

- 1 Medicine/Surgery Emergency Service in Barlavento Algarvio Hospital Complex in Portimão; 

 

- 4 Basic Emergency Services (SUB) in Lagos, Albufeira, Loulé and Vila Real de Santo António. 

 

ALERT is delighted with the success of the Algarve project and the company is very proud of being a part of the computerization of all emergency services with ALERT® MANCHESTER, ALERT® ER, ALERT® EDIS and ALERT® UBU modules. All basic emergency cases are linked to the reference hospitals so that the patients’ medical records are now integrated and shared by the facilities’ professionals.

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