‘Better diagnosis with AI’

Better healthcare: HCTM director Datuk Dr Razman Jarmin explaining to Mohd Zabri (grey coat) how the fluoroscopy machine works.

THE latest healthcare equipment systems at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) will lead to faster, more efficient, and accurate diagnosis and treatment.

The two artificial intelligence-based machines, costing RM9.2mil, have already improved the quality of patient care services since they started operating at the varsity on Dec 26 last year (Fluoroscopy System) and Feb 8 this year (Angiography System), said UKM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Ekhwan Toriman.

The biplace angiography and fluoroscopy machines were acquired for the Radiology Department and Endoscopy Centre, respectively, as part of the RM53mil allocation for HCTM under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the allocation was to replace obsolete equipment used for radiology, operating room, endoscopy, radiotherapy and oncology services.

HCTM, he said, is a teaching hospital that has been in operation for 26 years.

Various amenities, facilities and equipment are in need of upgrading, replacement and refurbishment, he said.

The quality of the medical education ecosystem and the efficiency of the services that teaching hospitals offer cannot be compromised, he said, adding that the 12MP allocation would facilitate the utilisation of cutting-edge medical equipment, and enhance the standard and quality of treatment services at HCTM.

His speech was read out by the ministry’s deputy secretary-general (Management and Development) Dr Mohd Zabri Yusoff during the unveiling of the equipment at UKM on Oct 30.

Prof Mohd Ekhwan said HCTM has consistently served as a benchmark for the use of cutting-edge laboratory equipment, such as the Total Laboratory Automation (TLA) for biochemical testing.

HCTM has also been recognised as the country’s first teaching hospital to employ the Robotic Surgical Assistant (ROSA), specifically for arthroplasty knee joint replacement surgery, he said.“With the availability of the latest high-performance medical equipment and facilities, UKM is committed to providing health care to patients more effectively,” he said.

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