News Middle East23 Apr 2020

Saudi Arabia:Health insurance authority starts collecting data for platform

23 Apr 2020

The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance (CCHI) has launched the first phase of a project to collect data on the health insurance sector.

The “Health Insurance Sector Data Platform” project is based on accredited medical coding to establish a health insurance database for the sector, prepare for digital transformation as well as follow up on performance indicators and support decision-making to achieve a quality and efficiency-based health service, reported Saudi Press Agency.

This was announced by the CCHI secretary general Dr Shabab bin Saad Al-Ghamdi who said that the current phase of the project was launched with 26 health insurance companies and six claims management companies. in addition to 50 healthcare service providers, all chosen for the readiness of their digital data.

The CCHI has put in place a flexible multi-stage implementation plan to build the main base of the platform for the sector, which has more than 4,796 service providers. The objectives and initiatives include:

  • Application of data encoding standards and their optimal use
  • Enhancement of health service quality

  • Cost versus quality and efficiency

  • Building private health insurance performance indicators based on standardised databases.

The project also involves discussions with a range of stakeholders including health insurers, chambers of commerce, and healthcare institutions. The goal is to obtain their input in handling difficulties and challenges if any.

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