High cost, a bane to digitalising local healthcare facilities

Published on 30 Mar 2023 3:59:07 PM

Among the challenges faced by the Health Ministry in digitalisation was the high cost behind the implementation of the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system in hospitals across the country, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa said on Thursday (March 30) when responding to Tan Hong Pin (PH-Bakri), who asked about the latest updates on the implementation of EMR in hospitals and clinics across the country.

Meanwhile, Datuk Dr Zulkafperi Hanapi (PN-Tanjong Karang) then interjected and said news reports have stated that Public Service Department (PSD) sponsorship for first degrees this year would not include the medical, dental, pharmacy and education fields, to which Dr Zaliha replied that healthcare issues shouldn’t be solely pinned to the Health Ministry itself, as it requires joint cooperation with others, such as the PSD, the Higher Education Ministry and the Finance Ministry.

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