Dzulkefly: Electronic medical record system in 145 hospitals within three years


KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is planning to implement the electronic medical record (EMR) system in 145 hospitals nationwide in the next three years, says Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

The Health Minister said this would facilitate the transfer and sharing of patient information.

"Currently, 20% of the hospitals in the country already have the system in place, including Selayang Hospital and Ampang Hospital, but it is still not fully operational," he said.

Dr Dzulkefly said this in his keynote address Malaysia's Healthcare Revolution at the Asean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2019 on Tuesday (March 19).

He said that the new technology would enable doctors and nurses to identify and share patients' medical consultation information, as well as prescription of medicines through an integrated system.

The ministry is working closely with Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) to collaborate in research, development and commercialisation, he said.

It would focus on digital innovation in healthcare delivery and solutions, joint cluster development activities, industry network engagement, manufacturing alliance, talent development and digital health innovation hubs, he said.

Together with the Telemedicine Development Group (TDG), both parties could support and complement the National Healthcare Transformation to provide equitable, affordable and accessible high-quality health services to the rakyat, he said.

When approached by the press, Dr Dzulkefly said that they will first integrate information system between the ministry's clinics and hospitals.

"Wherever the patients go, the attending doctors will know the patients' clinical and medical information," he said.

And in future, the public sector and private sector would also integrate, he said.