New initiative at hospitals in northern region

‘Replacement through Maintenance’ is created to manage the total equipment lifecycle and improve the quality of patient care

By TMR / Pic By UEM Edgenta

UEM Edgenta Bhd, the leading asset management and infrastructure solutions company in the region, via its subsidiary company, Edgenta Mediserve Sdn Bhd, recently announced the “Replacement through Maintenance” initiative which is an expansion of the healthcare equipment maintenance programme implemented under the national hospital support services concession.

This initiative is a collaboration with the engineering department of the Ministry of Health (MoH), which will see all 32 hospitals under the company’s care in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia to be involved in the programme’s future rollout.

This was shared during the launch of the “Replacement through Maintenance Scanning Systems, Computed Tomography” event held at Hospital Sultanah Maliha in Langkawi.

The initiative is created to manage the total equipment lifecycle and improve the quality of patient care.

For the first phase of this initiative, the company will commence with the replacement of computedtomography (CT) scanners.

Subsequent replacement of imaging machines will include magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography scanners, among others.

The new maintenance approach is made possible through the company’s existing partnership with a leading global provider of medical imaging technology equipment.

The new CT scanners and other imaging equipment supplied support MoH’s goals of providing patients with modern, state-of-theart technology that will produce faster and better image quality, eventually leading to quicker diagnoses and improved safety when patients undergo treatment.

Edgenta Mediserve head of healthcare support (concession) Dr Nik Fawaz Nik Abdul Aziz said adopting the use of new and advanced healthcare equipment through initiatives such as “Replacement through Maintenance” is essential as it allows hospitals to improve efficiency and patient care.

“Our commitment to the MoH is to ensure healthcare equipment at the hospitals under our care are properly maintained throughout its lifecycle in order to elevate the patient experience,” he said at the event.

Also present to officiate the event was Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye who commented: “Providing premium care to a growing Malaysian population is one of the priority areas for the ministry. We encourage initiatives from the private sector which will allow our hospitals to provide services and treatment at par with global standards which can only benefit Malaysians from all walks of life.”

The approach is just one of the many initiatives introduced by UEM Edgenta to support the MoH in its continuous efforts to improve hospital support services.

Throughout the years, UEM Edgenta has put in place several initiatives under their energy management programmes which have paved the way for 32 MoH hospitals it provides support services to be accorded the Energy Management Gold Standard (EMGS) 1-Star Asean Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS) and/or EMGS 2-Star AEMAS ratings.

Overall, UEM Edgenta’s energy efficiency efforts saved approximately RM23.6 million in its initial 24 months (January 2017 to December 2018) of the programme and successfully reduced the environmental emissions of the hospitals.