Dr Ahmed Balkhair is currently the Deputy Minister for eHealth at the Ministry of Health. He is a Pediatrician and holds a Masters’ Degree in Health Informatics.
He is a thought leader in the eHealth domain, combining the skills and knowledge of the clinical and business side along with the technical expertise and know-how, coupled with a strong leadership and managerial skills demonstrated through successful large-scale transformation endeavors over the past years
In his current role at the Ministry, Dr Balkhair is responsible for the strategy and the delivery of the digital health transformation in support of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision and objectives. The eHealth initiative has over 150 programs & projects that include the automation and transformation of 20 Accountable Care Organizations, spreading across more than 280 hospitals and their related 2300 Primary Healthcare Care Centres.
In this highly complex project landscape, Dr Ahmed’s team manages the coordinated delivery of secure infrastructure, systems, applications and related integration. The scope of these solutions cover Public Health (HESN), patient engagement (SEHA, MAWID), clinical applications (HIS), specialty settings (Home care, Dental care, PACS), as well as facilitating the access to most medical services via the National Telemedicine Network.
These programs are in-line with the National Health Information Exchange standards and policies as well as the technical backbone allowing the coupling between clinical information exchange bus and the financial transactions bus (SeHE + SHIB), provisioned and coordinated through the National Health Information Centre (NHIC).
Dr Balkhair is also the Chair of IHE Saudi Arabia, a Board member of the IHE international since 2013 and a Board Member of the Saudi Pediatric Association.
Finally, Dr Balkhair represents Saudi Arabia at WHO and at the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) in all matters related to eHealth.