Health Ministry plans to use artificial intelligence


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Artificial intelligence (AI) technology can be used to predict dengue outbreaks as well as to address the issue of long waiting time at hospitals and clinics, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

“The two are examples of how AI will be useful as a tool to complement the existing healthcare system with the aim to enhance its delivery service,” he said.

However, the minister stressed that AI was not meant to replace human expertise.

“We acknowledge that AI cannot replace or compete with humans. Technology only serves as a bridge or a facilitator for advanced things.

“We will continue to rely on human expertise but at the same time we cannot deny the importance of AI,” said Dr Dzulkefly at the ministry’s staff excellence award ceremony.

“Discussions are ongoing with experts on how it can be implemented into the country’s healthcare system.”

Meanwhile, Dr Dzulkefly hopes that the electronic medical record (EMR) system could be implemented as soon as possible at clinics and hospitals.

“The system has already been in use in countries like Turkey. During my visit there, Turkey had not only implemented EMR but they had also begun using HIMS (Hospital Information Management Systems).

“I hope EMR would soon become a reality at our public and private healthcare facilities,” he said, adding that discussions on the implementation of the system were currently ongoing.

Separately, Dr Dzulkefly reminded his staff to carry out the ministry’s policies responsibly and ensure they provide excellent service to the people.

“You are allowed to have your own political stance, as it is your democratic right. But make sure you carry out your duties with integrity,” he said in his speech.

A total of 775 ministry officers received the excellence award at the ceremony yesterday.

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