Electronic medical records for 145 hospitals

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KUALA LUMPUR — The electronic medical record (EMR) system which facilitates the transfer and sharing of patient information is expected to be implemented at 145 hospitals nationwide within the next three years.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said the new technology would facilitate medical practitioners, including doctors and nurses, identifying and sharing patients’ medical consultation information as well as prescription of medicines through an integrated system.

“Through this system, a patient can arrive at any hospital in any state and accessibility can be found and, if necessary, referral to any specialist hospital and all (medical information) can be accessed and disseminated through the EMR system,” Dzulkefly told reporters yesterday.

“I really want the system to be implemented as we have been working hard on it for so long and yet to reach it (the implementation). However, I believe during my time at the ministry, we can realise that goal.”

EMR is an electronic record and data storage system of medical information shared among physicians, hospitals and patients, that replaces the traditional medical records that are entirely on paper.

Dzulkefly said 20 per cent of the hospitals in the country already had the system in place, including the Selayang Hospital and Ampang Hospital, although it is was not fully operational.

“It has been ongoing because we know the hospital information system is very expensive and we are trying to do it in a more cost-efficient way,” he said.

“We want to follow the best example such as in Turkey that have end-to-end solutions, good hospital information, and efficient track-and-trace for medicines that they have zero counterfeit (medicines).”