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'Malaysian heathcare market could become the most advanced in Asia'

AvantiKumar | Sept. 26, 2011
This is possible, says healthcare IT solutions provider InterSystems, with the adoption of broader market solutions.

InterSystems - Stephen Garrington

InterSystems Group Commercial Director, Steve Garrington.

Malaysia's healthcare sector could become the most advanced in Asia with the adoption of broader market solutions, said healthcare IT solutions provider InterSystems.

"The Malaysian healthcare market is comprised of several streams that include Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defence hospitals and clinics, Ministry of Education teaching hospitals, private sector hospitals (such as the Sime Darby Group) and primary care clinics," said InterSystems Group commercial director, Steve Garrington, speaking in late September 2011.

"The global market continues to drive the uptake of electronic health records and when you add Malaysia's cyclical ongoing development plan, the government's desire to do the things that improve the lives of all Malaysians and the Malaysian affinity with technology, it is easy to see that Malaysia could become the most advanced market for e-health technology and electronic medical records in Asia," said Garrington.

"For instance, the Ministry of Defence is an organisational environment that should naturally lead the field in the use of e-health technology -- it has a mixture of hospitals and clinics providing all aspects of healthcare to service men and women and their families. In every regard this is a population -- a mixture of people of all ages -- and the Ministry needs to keep its population (especially those that comprise the defence force) healthy and ready for active duty," he said. "This epitomises the global trend towards wellness rather than treatment."

"Through the use of technology, organisations that provide largescale healthcare services to whole populations, or large groups within a population (such as defence), can deliver an improved and more cost effective level of service to the populations they serve," said Garrington. "The Malaysian market, like others around the world, started an investment in health technology that stalled a little when the global financial crisis occurred. Now, as the global economy starts to recover, there is no doubt that investment in healthcare will start to work its way back to the top of the public sector agenda."


Staying ahead of the curve

"If the current and future needs of the Malaysian population are to be met in a cost effective manner, the market will need to move from single sector, capital intensive solutions to a broader market solution that is provided through an affordable per patient fee," he said. "The systems of the future will need to be integrated from top to bottom and must deliver information to the executives that manage the service and ultimately the patient."

"The use of technology is the only way nations like Malaysia can stay ahead of the curve and meet the needs of its people," said Garrington. "Ultimately, if a Malaysian has a test or a condition that is relevant to their well being and recovery, it's important to know that when you are about to deliver care -- largescale real time solutions will undoubtedly be at the forefront of the next wave of investment."


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