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.