In a first for Qatar, Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) will soon introduce a unique facility to stream some of the proceedings of the organisation through an in-house application.
“The Sidra Stream application is currently in the final stages of development and roll-out. It will connect the members of the staff of the hospital in many of its activities,” Saleh al-Marri, head, Audio Visual Field Devices and Telecommunications, Sidra, told Gulf Times.
Sidra is unique in having the region’s only hospital based in-house development team – the Centre for Medical Innovation, Software, and Technology (CMIST), which develops and supports many of the applications created to date.
Sidra Stream was developed in collaboration with CMIST, IT, and telecommunications of the organisation. According to al-Marri, it will be used to live-stream meetings and planning sessions across the organisation. It also connects team members who are unable to join due to scheduling conflicts – allowing staff to stay informed of decisions and upcoming activities in the hospital.
“Sidra Stream will be used to stream key committee meetings including board meetings. One of the key Sidra values is transparency. By streaming the activities at the hospital, we try to instill the values among the team members,” explained al-Marri who is the brain behind the innovation.
“We use this facility to share key outcomes from meetings as well as the details of the board meetings of the executive committee. The app will help our staff to stay informed of the decisions and upcoming activities in the hospital. The live stream idea is to link all the members of the team,” continued al-Marri.
“Sidra Stream can be efficiently used to immediately share key outcomes from important meetings and events – whether planning sessions, board meetings and even our own project imagine pitch days. This allows people to prioritise items that are discussed without having to wait for instructions to trickle down. I also believe it will help manage meetings better,” he noted
“Sidra Stream is accessible internally only to the staff of Sidra. Such an internal live stream is the first of its kind in Qatar. It has educational value and several other purposes,” added the official.
Other than Sidra Stream, the innovation team at Sidra under the guidance of Dr Deepak Kaura, executive chair - Foundation Medical Services, Sidra, has already developed a number of innovative applications such as Saffara, Code Blue. These apps have been developed from scratch, with seven apps currently in use or ready for launch.
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