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, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
He said the new technology would facilitate medical practitioners, including doctors and nurses to identify and share 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,where accessibility can be reached, and if necessary, referral to any specialist hospital, and all (medical information) can be accessed and disseminated through the EMR system.
“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 in leading this ministry, we can realise that goal,” he told the media after Luncheon Talk at Menara Razak, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) here on Thursday (Nov 8).
EMR is an electronic record and data storage system on medical information shared among physicians, hospitals and patients, that replacing the traditional medical records that entirely dependent on paper use.
Dr Dzulkefly said 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 yet.
“It has been ongoing because we know that hospital information system is very expensive system, and we are trying to do it in a more cost-efficient way.
“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),” he said.