Govt to implement electronic medical record structure by mid-2020

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE government is expected to implement the electronic medical record (EMR) structure, a systemised collection of patient’s health information with the help of 5G technology, by the middle of next year.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the EMR initiative in the healthcare sector will allow patient’s information to be shared quickly and easily among various touchpoints.

“I am glad that last Friday, we were given the allocation of RM30.6 billion in the Budget 2020. I believe this will be a kickstart for the EMR to be embarked in our healthcare industry.

“As of now, we have gone into two stages. Firstly, we have done the internal evaluations of strategy, financial and solutions, which is almost done.

“Secondly, we will move into the external evaluation stage and we have identified a few entities and companies that we want to work with.

“When all these stages are done, we will be looking at somewhere in the middle of 2020 to kick off the EMR system,” he said at a press conference on the Digital Healthcare Cluster Day in Cyberjaya yesterday.

He added that the EMR system will be accelerated with the help of 5G as it will contribute to advancing the system with the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

Dr Dzulkefly said the 5G OpenLab by DiGi.Com Bhd and Cyberview Sdn Bhd which was unveiled in Cyberjaya recently is testing the 5G technology for deployment to empower healthcare and medical services.

“It is not just for EMR, but including the cases of using 5G for emergency medical services, remote monitoring for smart hospitals and even robotic surgery.

“I hope with the implementation of EMR, the efficiency and organisation of patient medical information is increased, by reducing the time and manual effort spent on accessing patient’s information.

“Patients’ records can now be easily shared between private clinics to hospitals, and even to post-care practitioners such as physiotherapists,” Dr Dzulkefly said.

Meanwhile, the collaborative research in engineering, science and technology (CREST) has launched the digital healthcare cluster initiative through a collaborative public and private partnership.

The initiatives include the 5G digital healthcare, national cardiovascular data analytics and also the Malaysia Retinal Reading Centre (MyRRC).

CREST CEO Jaffri Ibrahim said the Ministry of Health (MoH) has been an active partner to CREST in spearheading affordable and accessible healthcare innovation for the people.

He said 5G is a network platform that will give the opportunity for medical records to be stored in a more accessible way.

“It will indeed contribute in terms of the organisation of the content, as well as the speed of the content. So, we are definitely looking forward to the implementation of EMR next year.

“The EMR is a fuel by itself, whereas the 5G will accelerate this whole system, by making it more efficient,” he told The Malaysian Reserve on the sidelines of the event’s press conference yesterday.

According to CREST, the national cardiovascular data analytics will be developed using the AI algorithms to detect normal and abnormal heart sounds and monitoring heart diseases.

Meanwhile, the MyRRC initiative is currently being developed under the expertise of Microsoft Malaysia and MoH to become the centre to read and grade eye retinal images from public and private healthcare providers.