PUTRAJAYA, 27 Feb 2013: National research and development (R&D) centre in information and communication technology, MIMOS Berhad, today sealed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to promote cooperation in the development and deployment of Healthcare Information Technology (Healthcare IT). The move will support the needs of the Ministry in particular, and that of the Malaysian public in general.
Under the MoU, MoH would collaborate with the R&D centre in the development, implementation and proliferation of the Ministry’s Healthcare IT framework; which would comprise MIMOS-developed technology components such as knowledge management system, cloud computing, intelligent informatics platform, intelligent service delivery platform and network-based information security system.
MIMOS President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah said that the first phase of the collaboration, which had already started in stages, involved the enhancement of the Malaysia Health Information Exchange (MyHIX), a system that enables the exchange of medical records among hospitals and clinics in a smooth and secure manner; the Malaysian Healthcare Data Warehouse (MyHDW), a data analysis centre for the purpose of planning, research and monitoring of healthcare system; and the Medical Treatment Information System (SMRP), an on-going web-based medical treatment report system linking all hospitals in the country.
Abdul Wahab said that second phase would involve MIMOS’ cloud computing technologies in mitigating cost issues and increasing ICT usage in government health and dental clinics nationwide; and a feasibility study for a centralised patient registry system that consolidates data on patients and illnesses. It will also look at upgrading the existing Public Health Laboratory System (Sistem Makmal kesihatan Awam – SMKA), development of a family health reporting system using data visualiser; and a joint consultancy services for designing MoH’s future IT infrastructure systems towards optimising efficiency levels.
Abdul Wahab stressed that the collaboration with MoH was in the spirit of cooperation between government agencies and not aimed at competing with the industry.
The MoU signing ceremony was witnessed by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili and his counterpart, Minister of Health Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.In his speech, Ongkili said that the collaboration would see the transfer knowledge and technology as well as sharing of expertise between the two parties.
He said that the cooperation with MIMOS would reduce MoH’s dependency on foreign technology vendors, overcome high technology licensing costs, and expand the application of the latest ICT technologies in its services.