All HCMC Residents to Have Electronic Medical Records in Central Database by 2025

Jan 2020

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has announced that a central database will be created for the city’s health facilities by 2025, storing electronic Medical records of all city residents. The records will be compiled during the period from 2019 to 2025.

The city will collect initial data including name, age, gender, birth, address, ID, and medical history by 2022. After the data collection is completed, relevant agencies will analyze the data to evaluate disease scenarios in the city. Artificial intelligence will be used to forecast health trends.

The software to be used for the electronic medical records system will need to match the city’s electronic architecture and the Ministry of Health’s technical standards. It will also be compatible with relevant health information systems.

Individual health facilities will be able to search for information related to patients’ health and medical history and they will be responsible for updating the electronic record. Residents in the city will also have access to their records enabling to be more proactive in maintaining their health.

In 2019, the city’s health department announced that it will digitize health records at 24 ward and commune health stations providing primary healthcare if approval is obtained from the Department of Information and Communication (at the national level the health ministry targets 90% coverage of electronic medical records by 2025). The department is also developing software for managing individuals’ health information at the 24 health stations. In March 2019, an telemedicine IT system was set up to link the health stations with city-level hospitals. The department also collaborated with the HCM City University of Technology for a project to make electronic health records uniform and facilitate data exchange between hospitals.

(Source: Vietnam News)

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